The Suzuki Sidekick also known as Suzuki Escudo and Suzuki Vitara in other countries is a compact, off-road SUV manufactured by Japanese carmaker, Suzuki. It was first produced in 1988. The Sidekick is available in front engine, rear-wheel drive and front engine, four-wheel drive layouts. It is now sold in Show more... a 5-door wagon and 3-door wagon body styles and in gasoline and diesel engines. The Sidekick is also introduced in 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic and 5-speed automatic transmissions.