• Isuzu Rodeo

The Isuzu MU/Wizard was a SUV that Isuzu produced between 1989 and 2004. The three-door Isuzu MU was published in 1989 and based on his five-door Isuzu Wizard 1990. Isuzu models drove the world under different names outside the home market. Also from the participating Isuzu General Motors, the vehicle was produced under different names.

The three-door Isuzu MU debuted in 1989 in Japan. It was based on the Pickup Isuzu Faster TF. From its predecessor had already developed an SUV-like vehicle, the Isuzu Faster Rodeo (North American Isuzu Rodeo P’up), who was a pickup with fiberglass construction and four-wheel drive. In order to serve this segment better, now was the development of a closed sports car with all-wheel drive. The result was the Isuzu MU with 4 seats. Since one only late decided to develop a much larger model, the five-door and based on a longer wheelbase Isuzu Wizard appeared with 5 seats in 1990. Isuzu Faster With both models shared the most of the internal components in addition to engines and transmissions as well as the front doors. As the pickup were the two models available with either rear-or all-wheel drive. The Isuzu MU I was in Japan from 1993 to 1998 with identical technology from Honda as Honda Jazz vermarktet.

In the second quarter of 1989, the sale of the three-door Isuzu MU began as Isuzu Amigo. A 2.3-liter gasoline engine with 76 kW (102hp) and rear-wheel drive was the basic equipment. When all-wheel drive was a 2.6-liter gasoline engine with 89 kW (119hp). First, the transfer of engine power was performed using 5-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment included, as well as air conditioning.

Isuzu introduced the five-door 1990 Isuzu Wizard Isuzu Rodeo as. It was available with the 2.6-liter or a 3.1-liter V6 petrol engine from General Motors with the same power but more torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission transferred the power of the V6.

Depending on the version, there was in both models manual or automatic freewheel hubs in the four-wheel version 4WD. In this case, an anti-lock braking system was standard equipment. Both models were at Subaru-Isuzu Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana produced.

1992 accounted for the 2.3 liter petrol engine and 4-speed automatic transmission was also for the rear-wheel drive variants with 2.6 liter engine in all models. For model year 1993, GM was replaced by a V6 3.2-liter Isuzu V6 petrol engine with 130 kW (174hp). In 1993, the suspension system of the Rodeo has been revised and trimmed for greater comfort. A 2.4-liter petrol engine from Holden with 92 kW (125 PS) completed the engine range. In addition, there was now a third Brake light and the center console has been improved. In 1994, electric door mirrors and power steering added to the basic equipment. From the middle of the year, the Amigo was a rodeo sport. In 1995 there was a new dashboard and driver and passenger airbags. For model year 1996, the performance of the V6 at 145 kW was increased (194hp).

The wizard was offered in North America by Honda as Honda Passport. There was it with the 2.6-liter and 3.2-liter V6 engine either as a 4WD.

Beide Modelle als Holden/Vauxhall/Opel Frontera.

The wizard was offered as Isuzu Cameo. He was here a 2.5 liter direct injection diesel engine and 66 kW (90hp). It gave him only with 5-speed manual transmission and rear wheel drive. It was built in the Isuzu plant in Rayong.

Honda Passport

Isuzu Rodeo I

Isuzu Amigo

At the 32nd Tokyo Motor Show 1997, the second generation was introduced for the first time. In May 1998, the launch of the MU/Wizard II began in the home market. The MU was available once again as a Honda Jazz. The models were completely redesigned and now had its own chassis regardless of the pickup Faster. In this case, more than 100kg of vehicle weight has been saved, and the spare tire was mounted beneath the floor. There was now only a 3.2-liter V6 petrol engine with 215 Hp and a 3.0-liter common-rail injection diesel engine with 145hp. This naturally brought improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Driver and front passenger airbags were standard as well as side impact protection and anti-lock braking system. 2002 production and sales ended in Japan without successor. Exports to the rest of the non-locally produced models have now found from the plant in the United States until 2004 instead.

1998 debuted the second generation in North America, which were still built in Lafayette, Indiana. The Rodeo Sport was now available with a soft top. In addition to the wheelbase difference in the mounting of the spare tire on the trunk lid and fender flares was in contrast to the five-door Rodeo. The second series is now also offered space for up to five people. The default drive was a 2.2-liter gasoline engine with GM-97 kW (130hp). There were optionally, the 3.2-liter V6 from the Wizard, but only 153 kW made (205 PS) here. The Rodeo Sport was produced until 2003.

For the five-door Rodeo, there was now electrically adjustable shock absorbers which were not available when built for Honda Passport. A trim level of the Rodeo was the Ironman package. Background was the Isuzu-sponsorship of the Ironman triathlon competition. The package included white or black paint on the lower body panels, crossbars for the roof rack, and special graphics and decals. Cruise control was now standard equipment on the V6 engine.

The end of 2004 the production was stopped and the Isuzu Ascender was the successor model.

The Wizard II was again offered as a Honda Passport, but he had only the 3.2-liter V6 engine with automatic transmission. 2002 relieved him of the Honda Pilot.

In 1999, Isuzu introduced the Wizard here again, but gave him a new name: Isuzu Vega, as he was now positioned priced higher. He now had always all-wheel drive as well as xenon headlights and the spare wheel at the back door. As an engine of the new 3.0-liter common-rail injection diesel engine with 88 kW/120hp, 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission was used. 2005 replaced here and in many other Asian markets, the Isuzu MU-7 model.

Again, as Holden/Vauxhall/Opel Frontera, was succeeded by the Vauxhall/Opel Antara.

From 1998 work of Wizard II was produced as Chevrolet Frontera and Isuzu Rodeo for some local markets in the Egyptian GM.

Isuzu MU II

Honda Passport II

Isuzu Rodeo Sport II

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