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Body style: Truck
Segment: Medium SUV

Isuzu tried again to get a slice of the light-utility pickup-trucks in the U.S. with the 2005 I-Series, but it failed again and eventually quit in 2009 after disastrous sales.

Maybe it wasn't the right time to introduce a new pickup on the American market, but in 2005 nobody could tell for sure that 2008 will bring a global financial crisis caused by the U.S. bankers. General Motors and Isuzu joined forces in developing a new platform and shared parts for a light pickup. While the Chevrolet Colorado was a good bet, the Isuzu I-Series didn't get enough sales, even if it tried to offer the vehicle in a few body choices to cover all the needs. The Japanese-branded version was offered as a Crew-cab and Extended-cab with four doors.

The design might be one of the most intriguing parts of the vehicle. From the profile, it looked just like its American siblings, but its front side was shocking and not in a good way. Its headlights were carried-over from the GMC Canyon, but the grille was typical Isuzu with a few extra horizontal and vertical slats. At a glance, it looked like the design team used duct tape to keep the front face in place.

Inside, the I-Series featured an identical dashboard as its brothers, apart from the steering wheel's middle part, which featured the Isuzu lettering instead of GMC or Chevrolet. Since the American brand was far better known in the U.S. than the Japanese brand, it was easier for them to sell more and offer better discounts for volumes. That said, the Isuzu had to bail out after selling less than 1500 units in four years.
ISUZU i-Series Crew Cab 2005 - 2009 8 Photos
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ISUZU i-Series Crew Cab 2005 - 2009
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.8L 5MT (177 HP)
  • 2.9L 5MT (188 HP)
  • 3.5L 5MT (223 HP)
  • 3.7L 4AT (245 HP)

ISUZU i-Series Crew Cab 2.8L 5MT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L 5MT (177 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2770 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 5600 RPM
177 HP @ 5600 RPM
174 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
185 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
251 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.1 in (5260 mm)
Width
67.6 in (1717 mm)
Height
64.9 in (1648 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
125.9 in (3198 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3353.8 lbs (1521 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5000.9 lbs (2268 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.1 mpg US (12.3 L/100Km)
Highway
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Combined
22.4 mpg US (10.5 L/100Km)

ISUZU i-Series Crew Cab 2.9L 5MT (188 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.9L 5MT (188 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2921 cm3
Power
138 KW @ 5600 RPM
188 HP @ 5600 RPM
185 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
190 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
258 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.1 in (5260 mm)
Width
67.6 in (1717 mm)
Height
64.9 in (1648 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
126 in (3200 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3461.8 lbs (1570 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5000.9 lbs (2268 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)

ISUZU i-Series Crew Cab 3.5L 5MT (223 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L 5MT (223 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
3460 cm3
Power
164 KW @ 56000 RPM
223 HP @ 56000 RPM
220 BHP @ 56000 RPM
Torque
225 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
305 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.1 in (5260 mm)
Width
67.6 in (1717 mm)
Height
64.9 in (1648 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
125.9 in (3198 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3353.8 lbs (1521 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5000.9 lbs (2268 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
Highway
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Combined
21.4 mpg US (11 L/100Km)

ISUZU i-Series Crew Cab 3.7L 4AT (245 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.7L 4AT (245 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
3654 cm3
Power
180 KW @ 5600 RPM
245 HP @ 5600 RPM
241 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
242 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
328 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.1 in (5260 mm)
Width
67.6 in (1717 mm)
Height
64.9 in (1648 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
126 in (3200 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3722 lbs (1688 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5000.9 lbs (2268 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
23.1 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
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