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#1 of 18 2006 Isuzu i-Series Compact Truck
Jun 29, 2005 (2:52 pm)
What Edmunds.com Says: With only one model currently on sale in the U.S., Isuzu is taking a long-shot chance in resurrecting its brand image in this country with the i-Series.
What We Know: The i-Series pickup will essentially be an Isuzu-badged Chevy Colorado. Two versions will be available in the U.S.: the i-280 4x2 Extended Cab and the i-350 4x4 Crew Cab. The former will be powered by a 175-horsepower, four-cylinder engine while the latter will feature a 3.5-liter inline five-cylinder powertrain capable of 220-horsepower. The 2.8-liter engine can be paired with either an automatic or manual transmission, while the larger engine will only come equipped with an automatic. The i-Series pickups could very well be more affordably priced than their GM cousins.
#3 of 18 Wouldn't surprise me
Jun 30, 2005 (1:17 pm)
If they had a better warranty, too. I really hoped that Izusu could create some individual products like the Axiom and keep them, but they get absolutely no press at all. Izusu needs some cars. The time of the SUV is waning and unless they're as ingrained with SUVs as Jeep or Hummer, they need to diversify their lineup. To that end, the i-series won't hurt them, but I definitely don't see it as impressive, either.
#4 of 18 Re: 2006 Isuzu i-Series Compact Truck [Sylvia]
Jun 30, 2005 (1:52 pm)
So, what we've got is a Colorado with a different grill. Sad, considering that the Colorado itself is an Isuzu D-Max massaged to fit GM powertrains. If anyone at GM wanted to save Isuzu in the US, they would have built them with the Isuzu direct-injection gas and diesel engines that the rest of the world gets. I suppose that we'll just have to wait until Isuzu gets out from under the General's leaden thumb to see what we could have had.
Jul 01, 2005 (10:36 am)
That Izusu won't be around long enough for us to see that!
#6 of 18 Re: 2006 Isuzu i-Series Compact Truck [bumpy]
Jul 01, 2005 (12:58 pm)
I agree with you. I have seen the D-Max in foreign TV ads, magazines, and Web sites, and I think Isuzu of USA should have imported it here instead of just copying the Colorado and rebadging it. The foreign-market D-Max is even more beautiful than the i-series, and since it is based on the same Colorado chassis, it could surely meet or exceed Federal safety requirements like its other GM cousins. About the engines, I think GM powertrains look nice on an Isuzu (I have a 1992 Rodeo with a GM V6); borrowing designs from other brands is not nice to me, since it can easily customers.
Jul 02, 2005 (9:13 am)
The I-Series will start at a hair under $18,000 US. Not bad, but a Tacoma starts at somewhere around $14,000 US. And I think that both of those come without rather necessary creature comforts.
#8 of 18 Re: Pricing [chris65amg]
Jul 08, 2005 (6:53 am)
Au contraire. The Tacoma starts at that price as a regular cab with no AC. The Isuzu starts at 17,500 as an extended cab with AC. The Tacoma extended cab is more money.
Jul 08, 2005 (12:13 pm)
Augh! I've been sucked in! However, many car mags have liked the Tacoma much more than the Colorado....
#10 of 18 Re: 2006 Isuzu i-Series Compact Truck
Jul 10, 2005 (1:54 pm)
I can't help but to think that GM doesn't want Isuzu to succeed . I think that if they really wanted to see Isuzu have some success that they would A.) Invest in more Ads on the TV and radio, and B.) Introduce the Isuzu versions of the GM trucks and SUVs like the Ascender and I-Series sooner than they have. Wouldn't they have more sales that way or does GM fear that it will steal sales from there main brands like Chevy, GMC, etc ? And how about introducing a car..say a Chevy Malibu version for Isuzu or maybe even a Chevy Aveo version since GM doesn't want to invest in making cool products such as the Axiom or VehiCross(which I admit the VehiCross was way over priced)??