Background information about Isuzu Motors and descriptions of a some of its newest models.
Known for building commercial trucks and diesels, Isuzu also makes passenger sport utility vehicles. Isuzu Motors Limited is Japan's oldest vehicle manufacturer and has been in business since 1918. Isuzu Motors America has been importing vehicles since 1981. Today, Isuzu's main focus is on commercial vehicles and has limited their U.S. production to only two vehicles, the Ascender SUV and I-series compact trucks, both built by General Motors.
The Ascender is built on GM's Trailblazer platform but is designed with Isuzu elements as in the hood, front fascia, and other subtle body panels. It replaced the Trooper in 2003, Isuzu's most popular and longest lasting SUV. As the flagship model, Isuzu offers the most powerful engine from the company, Chevrolet's 5.3-liter 300-horspower V8, a smaller inline-six that generates 275-horsepower is also available. Stabilitrak is available and features automatic breaking of wheels that slip for greater stability and traction. For more serious grip, a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system is available that uses traditional four-wheel technology. The Ascender is available in two trim levels separated only by 5-passenger or 7-passenger versions.
The I-series trucks are built by GM and are based on Chevrolet's Colorado. Two models are available; the first is the I-350 crew cab and features Chevrolet's Vortec 3.5-liter inline-five engine with a maximum towing capacity of 4,000lbs. The second in the worktruck I-280 that packs 175-horsepower from its 4-cylinders. Both feature pickup beds with double-wall construction for heavy payloads up to 1,190lbs. The dual-locking tailgate locks in two positions, 55 or 85-degrees for carrying longer loads or when increased space is needed. Triple door seals on the doors help keep unwanted noise outside and translate into a quieter cabin.
For more information about Isuzu or its auto line, please visit Isuzu's official website, www.isuzu.com. See Carguide123's specific model articles for more information about a particular model.
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