Suzuki is no stranger to the small SUV market, having previously offered the Samurai. It has been building the Grand Vitara since 1999. The Grand Vitara's independent suspension and moderate power qualify it as a crossover.
The side-opening rear door is the most unique exterior feature of the Grand Vitara. There are pros and cons to this configuration over a top-opening hatch: you won't bump your head on it, but it's also difficult to load cargo from the right side of the car.