2007 Isuzu Rodeo car review @ Top Speed

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2007 Isuzu Rodeo

A facelift, plush new interior and new common-rail diesel engine are of the new ’07 Isuzu Rodeo enters showrooms from fully armed to make a impact in the hotly-contested UK market for one-tonne pickups.


Originally launched in the UK in November the Rodeo racked up three awards in its first year of on sale, being acknowledged as the up-to-date and sophisticated in its class.

The tally of awards includes ‘2005 Good Design ‘Best Double Cab Pickup’ Used Car Buyer magazine and Pickup Winner’ from magazine. The Rodeo also won The Club’s ‘2005 Towcar of the Utility Class’ accolade ‘Best-In-Class’ title from Van? magazine. Now, its fresh new look and outstandingly powerful and fuel-efficient diesel plus improvements to its already interior, the new-look Rodeo is set to its crown.

The new three-model range comprise the Rodeo, Rodeo Max and later in the year a Rodeo Max LE which will boast an engine courtesy of Prodrive an ultra-luxury interior and lavish tally.

All models feature features normally only on passenger cars such as ABS EBD, twin front door-intrusion beams, front and crush zones and three-point for all occupants even the rear passenger.

Because of their payloads, all Rodeos allow a company to reclaim the VAT. despite recent tax changes, car drivers still enjoy a saving compared to someone a typical mid-sized saloon, MPV or 4×4.

Worldwide Success

fifth-generation Isuzu pickup is in vast volumes in more 80 countries worldwide wearing, for ‘Holden’ badges in Australia. Not does it have a 37 per cent share in Thailand where it is selling a staggering 167,000 in 2006, but Isuzu has been One best-seller in the one-tonne pickup since 1983.

Elsewhere, the has a 79 per cent market share in for example, 43 per cent in Israel and than 32 per cent in Australia and New Annual production exceeded units in 2005 and Isuzu Thailand is the biggest exporter of in the world.

Meanwhile, the Japanese company of Isuzu is the Number One seller worldwide for medium-duty (gross vehicle weight 6.1 and 16 tonnes) with 75,944 in 2004, for example. Isuzu is the biggest diesel engine in the world and on 7 November, 2006, a business agreement with of Japan giving Isuzu to take the lead in small engine research and development. share in Isuzu is 5.9 per cent.

Prices for the five-seat, four-door Isuzu Rodeo range is exclusively 4×4 are: 2.5 Rodeo (manual) £13,990, 2.5 Rodeo Denver Max (manual) and 2.5 litre Rodeo Denver Max LE £19,990 (all On-The-Road but VAT).

New Rodeo Denver Max LE

Due in the year, the new ’07 Rodeo Max LE will boast the ultimate in luxury at an affordable price for business users.

Priced at On-The-Road (excluding VAT) in form, standard equipment include a Prodrive Performance and 18ins Shadow Chrome wheels with 255/60 Scorpion Zero tyres. It boasts leather seats and inserts, an LE mesh grille, a load-liner and a new branded LE hard

In addition, customers benefit a DVD satellite navigation system touchscreen plus a high-tech kit useful following recent changes regarding mobile Other Max features include a front A-bar, chrome steps, rear step rear light guards and steel door entry

This is in addition to air-conditioning, electric windows, leather-wrapped wheel, keyless-entry and selectable 4WD or 2WD at speeds up to 60 mph. Still development, its Prodrive Performance is expected to boost the 2.5 litre engine’s power from 136 PS to in of 160 PS with a torque target of lb ft.

High-Value New Rodeo Denver Max

to be the biggest seller and costing OTR (excluding VAT), the new Rodeo Max features chrome side-steps, front A-bar, rear bumper and brushed steel entry guards. The Rodeo Max also features keyless-entry and kit and load-liner and a radio with CD autochanger with MP3 capability.

Rodeo Far From Basic

being the entry-level model, the new has a specification befitting a mid-range car.

For example, air-conditioning, electric windows, 16 ins alloy keyless-entry central-locking, electro-luminescent and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are all as is a radio with single-disc CD with MP3 capability and iPod Like its sister models, projector-type headlamps are standard as as a trip computer with consumption read-out.

Costing OTR (excluding VAT), the Rodeo has a fully carpeted interior, a five-speed manual gearbox, floor-mounted handbrake, and fascia-mounted of 4WD or 2WD up to speeds of 60 mph.

Tough, New Look With Car-Like

Famed for its understated yet purposeful the ’07 Rodeo’s tough new combines car-like detailing a strong road presence. The is completely new with new bonnet, intake, bumper, wings, and projector-type headlamps. The rear panels behind the cab are also with smoother contours by a new tailgate and rear lamps.

All have wide tracks and wheelarch swage lines enhanced by chunky-looking extensions. The cab itself is especially well with the load bed avoiding the add-on look of many of the competitors.

Car-like detailing extends to now set in the door mirrors and tight The facelifted Rodeo’s flowing treatment is further enhanced by the mica or metallic paint.

the exterior door handles a substantial feel yet exude being of grab-type design but an especially light movement. exterior details include wrap-round rear lights and a with lip spoiler.

Spacious, Comfortable Interior

Considerable and effort has gone into the Rodeo’s interior, resulting in standards of soft-touch surfaces as the doors and fascia plus and seat comfort previously of in a pickup.

The stylish one-piece would not look out of place in an executive saloon with all controls readily at hand. controls are easy to use rotary and all models have four-speed with intermittent control. The manual gearbox is especially and every variant also has a handbrake.

A fascia-mounted button the driver to select ‘shift-on-the allowing 4WD or 2WD to be engaged on the move at up to 60 mph. For low ratio, the vehicle be stationary but selection is equally

As part of the ’07 facelift, the Rodeo has new plush cloth and door trim, new instruments electro-luminescent dials, new circular and side air vents, a new silver-effect console and a new steering wheel a bold ‘ISUZU’ encircled in

All Rodeos benefit from cabin sound-proofing with placed in critical areas to refinement. Interior space is generous with the rear backrest slanted at a comfortable unlike many competitors have a near vertical Rear seat legroom is ample.

Equally, the rear are much wider than competitors and can be opened up to 68.5 allowing easy entry and Headroom is 1,004 mm with room of 1,450 mm. In addition, the seat has up to 200 mm of travel.

World-Beating New Diesel Engine

As befitting the biggest manufacturer of diesel the new Rodeo’s 2.5 litre common-rail engine is an outstanding unit class-leading fuel economy and refinement.

Key features are twin camshafts with 16 valves and an common-rail system with an fuel-injection pump. Exceeding emission standards, this engine has a common-rail system runs at a high-pressure 180 MPa for precise and ‘just-in-time’ fuel supply.

ensures a fine particle which improves fuel and reduces emissions by providing a complete combustion process. The vane, intercooled turbocharger is new and because the turbo blades their pitch according to speed provides stronger power throughout the rev-range.

Featuring a 95.4 mm bore and 87.4 mm stroke, this cylinder engine is especially quiet and free-revving and runs on a compression ratio. It is not related to the Isuzu Trooper’s common-rail which used engine oil to its fuel-injection pump.

Not only is a high 136 PS at 3,600 rpm but torque so for towing and mid-range acceleration is a 217 lb ft at only 1,800 rpm. is a full 36 PS more than the old 2.5 and even 5.5 PS better than the 3.0 litre while torque is up showing improvements of no less 50 lb ft and 10 lb ft respectively.

As a result, the new Rodeo is a 6.5 mph faster than even the old 3.0 at 102.5 mph, while the mph time is now 12.8 seconds a 38 per improvement on the previous 2.5 litre.

economy is class-leading at an outstanding 39.8 and 34.9 mpg on the Urban/Extra and Combined cycles. Meanwhile the CO2 is class-leading and comes down the old 3.0 litre’s 243 g/km to 213 g/km.

scrutiny of the new Rodeo 2.5 litre’s and torque graph shows it to not exceed the old 3.0 litre’s throughout the rev-range but significantly so from to 3,500 rpm. This the new vehicle is much more responsive at higher speeds, the old model’s tendency to ‘run out of

Prodrive Performance Pack To

As with the previous Rodeo, plans to offer a Prodrive Pack on the new 2.5 litre. This be standard on the range-topping Rodeo Max LE.

Target power is in excess of 160 PS torque of 250-plus lb ft and as with the 3.0 litre the extra performance is not through extra turbo but via a reprogrammed Electronic Control which uprates the fuel and alters the ignition timing.

As boost is unaffected, engine is not increased and allows Isuzu Limited to include PPP under its three year/60,000 mile

Partly because of their and efficient engine combustion all Rodeos have exceptionally service intervals of 12,000 including an oil change.

Outstanding Initiatives

The Rodeo’s standard features are truly outstanding for a and illustrate its importance worldwide in many countries it is chosen as a car such as in the Far East or the Greek

Standard features include a four-sensor anti-lock braking (ABS) with electronic distribution (EBD). This feature is especially important on a which has to cope with a variation between laden and weight.

The Rodeo’s EBD compensates for the front and load differences during before the ABS intervenes preventing axle lock-up which can some pickups. The front also have twin callipers which enhance effort and even out pad wear.

As of the facelift, the ’07 Rodeo has an braking system with a 230 mm (9.0 ins) tandem The brake pad material is also for better fade-resistance.

All Rodeos have twin front with side protection beams for all doors. The front and of the body have special zones designed to provide absorption during impacts the centre section and chassis are reinforced.

Stronger, Stiffer and Galvanised Body Panels

The cab on a separate chassis which is and more resistant to bending in the zone by 60 per cent and 50 per cent laterally compared to the old TF pickup. A cross member at the rear of the greatly increases torsional and spreads out the payload more

Helping both safety, and durability is a single-piece cabin which is also galvanized for corrosion-protection as are the cabin rear inner and outer doors, wings, wheel well tub floor and sides plus the

And on the subject of longevity, even the tank is rust-resistant, being of polyethylene unlike the vulnerable tanks of many other Rodeos supplied by official Isuzu (UK) Limited, enjoy extra rustproofing. involves a heavy-duty wax coating for the and cavity-injection of crucial box-sections.

Seatbelts Plus ISOFIX Seat Mountings

The front have impact load-limiting and are height-adjustable as are the two outer rear

Every Rodeo occupant benefits from a three-point even for the rear centre And ISOFIX child seat are fitted to the two outer rear This makes the Rodeo suited for use as a ‘lifestyle’ family

Car-Like Security Features

car-like security features an engine immobiliser for all models a warning reminder should the key be left in the vehicle inadvertently.

an alarm is standard together central door locking a keyless entry facility a rolling code for even security. This works by the code between the key and the vehicle time the Rodeo is locked and like shuffling a pack of

New Rodeo Really Measures Up

dimensions, payloads and towing are among the best available for example, a maximum load length of 1,380 mm. The Rodeo has a highly competitive 1,075 kg

This is comfortably over the 1,000 kg threshold. The towing is equally impressive at a class-leading kg. The Rodeo 4×4’s ground is a generous 205 mm while approach and angles are 34 degrees and 21 degrees.

Improved Manual Transmission

All have a fascia-mounted button to ‘shift-on-the-fly’ allowing 4WD or 2WD to be engaged on the at speeds up to 60 mph. For low ratio the must be stationary but selection is simple.

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Brakes And Tyres Up To The Job

The Rodeo has a system especially designed for commercial use and features large 280 mm front discs and 295 mm rear with improved, fade-resistant pad for the new model. The dual-circuit braking has a new, larger tandem measuring 230mm.

In addition, all have a sophisticated three-channel, anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce (EBD). Generous 245/70 R 16 are fitted to 16 x 7 ins alloy wheels on the and Rodeo Denver Max and 255/60 R 18 on 18 x 8.5 ins alloys on the Rodeo Denver Max LE.

Yet Refined Suspension And Steering

yet refined best describes the suspension which combines the needed for heavy-duty use with steering and a smoother ride most competitors.

The Rodeo rack-and-pinion power-assisted steering as on virtually all passenger cars. replaces the less precise ball steering of its predecessor. one-tonne pickups still with recirculating ball lacks the feed-back and precision of the system.

Front suspension is for a better ride, employing and torsion bars. An anti-roll bar is

Standard rear suspension for a one-tonne pickup is a live suspended by semi-elliptic steel springs. This is favoured by contractors because of its simplicity, and ability to absorb punishing

However, for the Rodeo, Isuzu has tuned the rear springs to in harmony with the front to reduce the unladen choppiness by many rival models. comfort is further enhanced by the fitment of gas-filled double-acting absorbers for both the front and suspension.

Reassuring Warranty

All sold by official importer, (UK) Limited, enjoy a year/60,000 mile ‘bumper-to-bumper’ warranty plus six years’ cover.

Rodeo owners benefit from full of Isuzu Assistance which three years’ cover ‘at home’, roadside and repair or recovery. Thanks to improvements and the use of high-quality oil, intervals are twice that of competitors at 12,000 miles or 12

Key Specification Highlights

Other items include:


Body-colour bumpers, side and extended wheelarches

Electrically-operated mirrors with turn

Front fog lamps

Air-conditioning pollen filter

Six-speaker system for radio/CD player

Higher-grade cloth seat and trim and luxury carpeting

entry with alarm

steering wheel

Leather-covered wheel and gear-knob

Isuzu’s History

Isuzu is Japan’s selling medium truck and a world-leader in the design and development of engines. The Rodeo is the fifth in a of one-tonne pickups stretching over 31 years and regularly in more than 100 countries.

the very first Isuzu was a locally-assembled British-designed Wolseley A9 That was in 1922, making the the first passenger car ever in Japan.

Isuzu’s tie-up the British Wolseley company was in 1918 and its antecedent company was in 1893, trading under the of Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Ltd.

By 1924 the Japanese-built CP 5-ton payload truck was as an official military truck by the government. The first vehicle to the ‘Isuzu’ badge was in 1933 the Ishikawa Automotive Works Co. Ltd a model named after the river.

This flows Japan’s oldest shrine, the Ise of Mie prefecture.

Various mergers and took place during the and 40s and during World War Two, the that was to become Isuzu the water-cooled DA diesel engine. was later fitted to several of truck used in the post-war with the company name of Motors Ltd being established in

Domestic demand for Isuzu-engined exploded during the late and throughout the 50s, firmly Isuzu as Number One for trucks and engines. Isuzu’s Elf was launched in and is still Japan’s best-selling truck. In order to improve competitiveness, Isuzu entered a tie-up with America’s Motors Corporation.

There is now no GM but on 7 November, 2006, Toyota of and Isuzu signed a business which gives Isuzu to take the lead in small engine research and development. share in Isuzu is 5.9 per cent.

The known as the D-Max in certain was launched in Thailand, where it is in May 2002. It rapidly captured a 43 per market share and sold than 167,000 units in

In fact, the D-Max holds the for being the best-selling vehicle in Thailand, reaching 100,000 in less than one year start of production.


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