Prices start at £16,999 on-the-road for the manual transmission model and £17,949 for the automatic.
The five-door specification comes with climate control air conditioning, multi-spoke alloy wheels, and front fog lamps.
The X-EC will include an all-aluminium V6 engine closely related to the 2.7 litre unit powering Suzuki’s larger Grand Vitara XL-7.
Peak output reaches 156bhp at 6,200 rpm. The engine develops 153 lb ft (208 Nm) at 3,500 rpm.