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The VehiCROSS.
Incorporating the most potent Isuzu technologies to date, it's the first all-road high-performance sports vehicle. Like time travel without leaving the present.

Ask a bunch of SUV specialists to gaze into a crystal ball and this is what you get. Introduced late in the second millennium A.D., the Isuzu VehiCROSS is perhaps the most technically advanced SUV on the planet. (Earth, that is.) A quantum leap in cross-terrain engineering, VehiCROSS incorporates a breakthrough terrain-sensing traction system and an off-road racing-bred suspension to carve concrete, tarmac, dirt, gravel, sand and snow without prejudice. And that's before you even calculate for its cutting-edge propulsion system. The Isuzu VehiCROSS. No other SUV launches you faster into the future.

Rally-Bred Suspension.
Proven in the Paris-Dakar Rally, monotube shocks with heat-expansion chambers heighten precision and endurance for high-performance driving.

Aerospace-grade 6061-T8 extruded aluminum construction, monotube design, with external heat-expansion chambers. You might be thinking NASA, but this is pure Isuzu. Nearly impossible to overheat, they cool faster and damp more efficiently than ordinary shocks. While you won't find them on any other production SUV, they're standard with VehiCROSS' double-wishbone front, 4-link rear suspension. So as long as you maintain on-earth orbit, VehiCROSS can attack most any surface you encounter.

Originally developed for off-road motorcycle racing, the first Isuzu SUV to employ external reservoir shocks was a Paris-Dakar Rally vehicle. (It won.) Today this technology is part of every VehiCROSS, and still winning. (VehiCROSS conquered its class in the 1999 Australian Safari Rally.)

2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS SUV Sport SeatPositively Revolutionary.
The technology? Groundbreaking. The design? Positively revolutionary. The same out-of-the-box thinking went into VehiCROSS' cutting-edge cockpit. Two-tone, custom leather Recaro® sport seats and matching leather-wrapped steering wheel make an unmistakable impression and hold you comfortably in place. Carbon-fiber-look trim accents the gauges and door panels. VehiCROSS' high-performance interior could make a sports car blush. And since breaking new ground is rarely a solo journey, there's room for up to three others inside. But choose wisely. People have a tendency to linger in (and around) VehiCROSS.
18" Aluminum-Alloy Wheels
Special 18-inch wheels shod with all-season rubber team up with VehiCROSS' race-bred, front double-wishbone/rear 4-link suspension system. Translation? Unyielding stability and uncanny reflexes on pavement or off.
Torque-On-Demand® 4WD System
To ensure high-performance capability on- and off-road, VehiCROSS includes standard-issue TORQUE-ON-DEMAND (TOD®). A dedicated computer monitors traction conditions and automatically distributes power to maintain maximum grip wherever, whenever.
Full-Time ABS
Unlike some other SUVs, VehiCROSS (and all new Isuzu SUVs) is equipped with anti-lock brakes that work on all four wheels, all the time-even in 4WD. Meaning VehiCROSS gives you unparalleled control whether you're slowing for a construction crew or a herd of wild bull elks.
3.5-liter Powerplant
VehiCROSS' DOHC 24-valve V6 employs variable induction, direct-attack valvetrain and coil-over-plug ignition (as do all Isuzu V6s). While you may not see all this technology at work, you'll definitely feel it in VehiCROSS' spine-compressing 215 horsepower.
VehiCROSS interior shown in Red and Black leather. 2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS Interior

Configuration 3.5-liter V6
Block/cylinder head construction Aluminum alloy/aluminum alloy
Valvetrain 24-valve dual overhead camshaft with direct-attack valvetrain
Fuel intake Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Induction system 2-stage variable induction with computer-controlled valves
Ignition system Direct ignition with coil-over-plug and 100,000-mile platinum-tipped spark plugs
Peak horsepower/torque SAE net 215 hp @ 5400 rpm/230 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Compression ratio 9:1:1

4-wheel-drive system TORQUE-ON-DEMAND® 4WD system
Automatic transmission Electronically controlled 4-speed with overdrive, driver-selectable power mode, 3rd-gear winter start mode and adaptive shift pressure
Gear ratios (:1) automatic 1st: 2.86, 2nd: 1.62, 3rd: 1.00; 4th: 0.72, Rev.: 2.00
Axle ratios (:1) front/rear 4.30/4.30
Transfer case ratios high/low (:1) 1.00/2.48

Frame Box-section ladder-type with 7 crossmembers
Front suspension Independent double-wishbone, A-shaped lower arm, torsion bar springs with stabilizer bar and monotube shocks with external heat-expansion chambers
Rear suspension 4-link with coil springs, stabilizer bar and monotube shocks with external heat-expansion chambers
Brakes/ABS system Power assisted 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System with audible front-pad wear indicators
Front brake configuration 11.0" ventilated disc
Rear brake configuration 12.3" ventilated disc
Steering Power-assisted recirculating-ball
Steering ratio (:1) 20.1
Turning radius: curb-to-curb/wall-to-wall 34.1 ft./35.4 ft.
Wheels 18" 5-spoke chrome-finished aluminum-alloy
Tires P245/60R18 mud-and-show all-season

Curb weight 3955 lbs
Fuel tank 22.5 gallons

City/highway mileage 15/19 mpg

Headroom (front/rear) 38.2/35.4 in
Legroom (front/rear) 43.1/29.5 in
Shoulder room (front/rear) 52.0/51.6 in
Hip room (front/rear) 52.4/40.0 in
Cargo floor length (seat up/seat down) 14.4/46.2 in
Cargo volume (seat up/seat down) 13.9/50.4 cu ft

Occupant Protection Driver and front passenger air bags; 3-point front adn rear seat belts with front adjustable belt anchors
Side Impact Protection Side-guard door beams
Enhanced Traction Limited-slip rear differential
Underbody Protection Fuel tank and radiotor skid plates

Wheelbase 91.8 in.
Overall length (including spare tire) 162.6 in.
Overall width 70.5 in.
Overall height 66.9 in.
Track, front/rear 59.6/59.8 in
Ground clearance (minimum at differential) 8.4 in.
Angle of approach 34°
Angle of departure 30°
Frame-to-ground 9.9 in.

Interior Custom bicolor leather Recaro© sport seats
  Leather-wrapped 4-spoke steering wheel
  Carbon-fiber-look door inserts
  Carbon-weave-style gauges
  120-watt 6 speaker premium sound system
  In-dash 6-disk CD player
  Split folding/reclining rear set with headrests
Exterior Anit-chip polypropylene body cladding
  Aircraft-type fuel filler
  16" 5-spoke polished alloy wheels (changed to 18" 5-spoke chrome alloy wheels for 2000)
  Integrated aero roof spoiler
  Spare tire integrated within cargo door
  Zinc-plated steel body panels
  Integrated aero roof spoiler
  Glare-reducing matte black hood insert

Convenience Power windows with driver's one-touch express-down
  Power door locks
  Remote keyless entry with security system
  Tilt steering wheel
  Cruise control with tap-up/down and cancel

ACCELERATION 0-30 @ 2.9 sec
    40 @ 4.4 sec
    50 @ 6.5 sec
    60 @ 8.8 sec
    70 @ 11.7 sec
    80 @ 16.3 sec
    90 @ 23.6 sec
  100 @ 38.5 sec

TEST RESULTS (from Car and Driver)
Street rolling start 5-60 mph - 8.6 sec
Top gear acceleration 30-50 mph 4.6 sec
  50-70 mph 5.9 sec
Standing quarter-mile 16.9 sec @ 81 mph
Top speed (governor-limited) 115 mph
BRAKING 60-0 mph, 108 ft.
  Fade - moderate
HANDLING Roadholding, 300 ft. skidpad, 0.75g
  Understeer - minimal
  Turning radius: 34.1 ft
INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL Idle: 47 decibels
  Full-throttle acceleration: 79 decibels
  70 mph cruising: 71 decibels
  70 mph coasting: 70 decibels
GR/RAT MPH/KRPM MAX SPEED/RPM 1/2.86 2.8L,6.9H 17/6200,43/6200
  2/1.62 4.9L,12.2H 30/6200, 75/6200
  3/1.00 7.9L,19.7H 49/6200,115/5850
  4/0.71 10.0L,27.2H 68/6200,115/4250

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