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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Medium SUV

Built as a part of a common project between GM, Honda, and Isuzu, the Amigo was a badge-engineered model offered for the Japanese and the U.S. market.

It was the beginning of the SUV era when carmakers tried to offer off-road vehicles for the masses. But they still didn't figure out how to build them. The new SUV made by the three car-companies was a mix between an off-road vehicle and a regular car. It featured a front independent suspension for comfort but a transfer case with low-range gear for off-road tracks. It failed to do both. GM offered the car as Opel/Vauxhall Frontera in Europe with a diesel engine from Isuzu, a gasoline engine from GM, and another from Honda. Some parts of its drivetrain were carried-over from other pickups.

The Amigo was offered as a three-door vehicle, with the same rectangular headlights with rounded edges as Vauxhall or Opel. Isuzu installed a special plastic grid-pattern grille with its chromed name on it to distinguish it from its siblings. The C-pillar was leaned forward and formed a triangular-shaped small window behind the B-pillar. In the back, the car featured a removable hard-top or a canvas.

Inside, Amigo featured a narrow dashboard, with a curved fascia to look a little bit more stylish. The carmaker installed the HVAC controls up on the center stack, while the center console was occupied by the handbrake, the gear-stick, and the transfer box selector. It offered a decent room in the front but with limited legroom in the rear.

While Isuzu was well-known for its diesel engines, most of them were sold with the gasoline units provided by Honda or GM. In some markets, it was available with Isuzu's 2.2-liter turbodiesel.
ISUZU Amigo 3 Doors 1997 - 2003 10 Photos
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ISUZU Amigo 3 Doors 1997 - 2003
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.2L 5MT RWD (132 HP)
  • 3.2L V6 4AT AWD (132 HP)
  • 3.2L V6 4AT RWD (132 HP)

ISUZU Amigo 3 Doors 2.2L 5MT RWD (132 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L 5MT RWD (132 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2198 cm3
Power
97.1 KW @ 5200 RPM
132 HP @ 5200 RPM
130 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
200 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.8 in (4262 mm)
Width
70.4 in (1788 mm)
Height
66.6 in (1692 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.6/59.8 in (1,514/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
21 cuFT (595 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.43
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3360 lbs (1524 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4451 lbs (2019 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)

ISUZU Amigo 3 Doors 3.2L V6 4AT AWD (132 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.2L V6 4AT AWD (132 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3165 cm3
Power
153 KW @ 5600 RPM
208 HP @ 5600 RPM
205 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
214 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
290 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.8 in (4262 mm)
Width
70.4 in (1788 mm)
Height
66.6 in (1692 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.6/59.8 in (1,514/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
21 cuFT (595 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.43
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3761 lbs (1706 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4650 lbs (2109 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Combined
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)

ISUZU Amigo 3 Doors 3.2L V6 4AT RWD (132 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.2L V6 4AT RWD (132 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3165 cm3
Power
153 KW @ 5600 RPM
208 HP @ 5600 RPM
205 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
214 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
290 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
117 mph (188 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.8 in (4262 mm)
Width
70.4 in (1788 mm)
Height
66.6 in (1692 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.6/59.8 in (1,514/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
21 cuFT (595 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.43
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3514 lbs (1594 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4650 lbs (2109 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Combined
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
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