Suzuki pioneered the small 4x4 off-roader with the original LJ/Jimny/Sierra from 1970, and then built on that with the larger and far-more civilised Vitara from 1988.
Unlike the car-based Toyota RAV4 revealed five years later, that first Vitara retained its predecessors' rugged body-on-frame construction style and 4WD capability. That off-road focus was carried through to the succeeding FT Grand Vitara in 1997 as well as the JT from 2005 to 2018.
Offered in three-door short-wheelbase or five-door long-wheelbase shapes, the JT differed from the previous Grand Vitara in ditching body-on-frame for monocoque construction, though it gained a built-in ladder-frame-like section for added strength. Note that the solid rear axle gave way to a multi-link suspension arrangement, though ground clearance and approach angles remained high.
This vehicle is also known as Suzuki Escudo.