We need to give our Corvair-overdosed eyes a bit of a break, eh? With something about as different as possible, and with as little as Corvair influence as can be found? Or maybe there is an even better anti-Corvair out there…Your nominations, please. But first, a few other angles.
Well, it does have a bit of that Corvair horizontal line, so maybe it’s not the ultimate. But in just about every other respect, it acquits itself fairly well.
Wow. That thing makes a Pontiac Aztek look downright handsome. I don’t like cars that resemble old walking shoes.
This looks like some kind of moon rover. The Juke looks like a moon rover designed by H.R.Giger (and I don’t mean that as a compliment).
Here’s an interesting little fact about these models…
The dies that were used to manufacture the lower cladding on these were made out of some type of ceramic, and it was known going in that the ceramic wouldn’t last all that long, so when the dies were either worn out or broke (I forget how it went) that was pretty much the end of Vehicross production.
The ceramic dies were used for the metal parts of the truck not the lower cladding.
You have to admire Isuzu’s chutzpah in producing these, even if the styling is an acquired taste. They are basically shortened Troopers so at least the mechanicals are easily kept going, body and trim less so.
Regarding fragile tooling, Landrover had the a similar problem in 50s, so some Series Is left the factory with fabricated aluminum bulkheads instead of stamped steel when the press tool broke.
MY EYES OMG shit dont do that.
Ive got a loewy Minx in my car port for non Corvair viewing,
Drugs have changed over the years and the designer of this horror needs different meds thats awful what was he thinking?
I remember when these came out – they reminded me what I missed about American Motors. You could always count on something bizarre every few years.
Wow. That’s not just a Vehicross but a Vehicross Ironman edition! Very rare. One of 602 total. Knew an older couple that had one and they had the Ironman stickers removed because they were too tacky!
What’s not to like?
It tows. The spare tire is safe. The panels are ding-resistant. The production was low.
And I don’t want to offend anybody or get the ‘red card’ on this site, I like looking at the Corvair just as anyone else, but in my opinion it’s performance on the video was mediocre at best. I guess I would have to be in one to be convinced otherwise.
when it comes to handling, the corvair is no tatra that’s for sure.
i also like this wacky isuzu. we have mighty few options in the states for 2 door cuv’s. i liked the gen 1 rav4 (2 dr.) and honda never imported any h-rv’s here
the only things close are the jeep wrangler and the overdone toyota fj “cruiser”.
There was a fixed-roof 2-door Sidekick for a few year when they first came out. Presumably went away due to lack of sales.
The ultimate anti-Corvair? This Isuzu mutant is too small. Corvair is a beautiful design that expresses its lightness, efficiency and advanced engineering. Bigger inside than it looks outside, too.
The ultimate opposite of all these qualities came from the same Detroit corporation, in its final senility. May it rest in pieces.
Ah yes the Hummer is about as far from a decently designed vehicle as you can get they wont be missed
The H1 was designed well enough as a military 2 ton Off Road Truck. Using it as a civilian exotic car is akin to asking William “The Refrigerator” Perry to dance in a Ballet.
I view the H2 & H3 as overpriced poser-mobiles; too thirsty, heavy and wide to be effective off road and inferior to the GM products from which they were derived as SUVs.
Omigosh do we really have to do this today – of all days?! As I was going to work this morning, I crossed paths with a Vehicross. It had 3 portholes on the front fenders, and was festooned (love that word) with all kinds of stickers. I couldn’t make them out very well, but you will have to trust me – it made the Vehicross even more unattractive, which I did not believe was possible.
If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life…
Looking at most cars is ok most of them have redeeming features as Im sure thr vehipuke has but its ugly for the sake of being ugly like juke or similar.
I see one of these fairly often parked near my office. For some strange reason, it appeals to my taste in weirdness. However, all of the cladding on the one I see has faded to a chalky gray in the Georgia sun. Given what has been said about how the cladding was made, I don’t guess there are many replacement pieces available (also an issue should you have even a minor collision).
The unit pictured is in the ‘wrong’ colour, you really need to look at a silver one to get the proper Dakar-moon buggy cross look of the concept vehicle
I agree you have to give credit for putting a concept car into production largely unchanged, it doesn’t happen often
Good grief you arent kidding the Wizards they took to with a sawsall abound here quite popular along with the shorter MU.
hope that thing has back up cameras, visibility looks atrocious
The best part was the FANGS
I didn’t think anyone could beat Pontiac in the lower vinyl cladding game but Isuzu did it with this thing. For awhile in the 90’s and early 2000’s I thought Pontiac was going to put a vinyl skirt on any of their salesman who stood in one place for to long.
How about the Vehicross’ spiritual successor, then, the Juke?
I always thought the front of these looked like the mask from Silence of the Lambs.
I really liked the VehiCross. Decent performance with the blown V6, not too big, and decent styling(beauty is in the eye of the…)
I looked at a couple of these when I was shopping Xb and Xterras but the few I found were pretty well worn and pricey!
I caught one of the first of those in Denver, when I lived there. I forget where or why I was there, but whatever of my cars needed a part, that dealer was also an Isuzu dealer. Had one of those proudly out front.
I liked. Much. I enquired; but the price was out of reach by the third power.
Talked with the sales manager…who commiserated that he thought it would be a hit but wondered why Isuzu waited so long to bring something like that over.
Hey, I happen to have one of these. Supermod, locked in the front, lifted, SFIFS suspension, these trucks were 10 years ahead of their time in styling. There are only about 2000 left on the roads in the US. It is the direct descendant of the 2nd gen Trooper RS. There were only 1500 RS troopers imported into the US over a 10 year period. I have one of each!!! Awesome trucks, don’t even compare it to an Aztek or a Juke, those cars are good nothing. A stock VX will eat a stock Jeep for breakfast!
It is one of the ultimate off-road vehicles developed from the house of Isuzu till date, which looks very aggressive from the exterior.
Isuzu Vehicles are stylish but are also slow selling SUV, which is missing the “utility” in S-U-V
The whole makeover of Isuzu Vehicross is awesome. It is a combination of crossover and SUV. Its handsome and emotional look makes it more demanding in young generation.
With 3.5-liter,6-cylinder engine that is good for 215 hp, and 230 pound-feet of torque, the 4-wheel drive Isuzu VehiCross can certainly kick some mean dust in the air.