1997 Isuzu Vehicross
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|Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity:||3200 cm3|
|Transmission Gearbox - Number of speeds:||Automatic|
|Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain:||4WD|
|Price (out of date):||$14300|
Now available in the US, Isuzu's VehiCROSS is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 with 215 hp and a 4-speed automatic transmission. It's a truly unique, 4 wheel drive, 3 door SUV .
1997 Isuzu Vehicross specs, Engine size 3.2, Fuel type Gasoline, Drive wheels 4WD, Transmission Gearbox Automatic
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The VehiCROSS was highly regarded for its cross-terrain performance. It combines a computer-controlled all-wheel-drive system for on-road driving and a locked-differential low gear four-wheel-drive system for off-road driving. Its computer controlled "Torque on Demand" system, with 12 independent sensors detecting wheel spin and redirecting power to the wheels with the most traction, gives the VehiCROSS a high level of traction on wet and icy roads. It also has a high level of performance for its height. While possessing on-road nimbleness, its body-on-frame truck construction, suspension and 4WD gearing made it very capable off-road.
Sales were intentionally limited, with only 4,309 vehicles being produced between 1999 and 2001, and just 4,153 finding homes in the United States in three years of sales. As it stands, the vehicle has an obscure role in history; although, the vehicle appeared in the 2000 film Mission to Mars as a convertible fitted with futuristic engine sound effects.
Upon its unveiling at the 1993 Tokyo International Auto Show and ultimate Japanese production release in 1997, the VehiCROSS was a design ahead of its time. It was the first time that a Japanese automaker had brought a concept vehicle to production with so little design changes and in so short a time (accomplished through the use of inexpensive ceramic body-stamping dies and the reuse of readily-available Isuzu parts). The truck was intended to showcase Isuzu's off-road technology, exemplified by the monotube shocks with external heat-expansion chambers (technology normally reserved for off-road motorcycle racing).
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