Isuzu VehiCROSS

The Isuzu VehiCROSS was highly regarded for its cross-terrain performance. It is the first and only vehicle to date that combines a computer-controlled all-wheel-drive system for on-road driving and a locked-differential low gear four-wheel-drive system for off-road driving. The computer controlled "Torque on Demand" system, with 12 independent sensors detecting wheel spin and redirecting power to the wheels with the most traction, gives the VehiCROSS a high level of traction on wet and icy roads. While possessing a nimbleness on-road that is unique in the Sport Utility Vehicle world, its body-on-frame truck construction and distinctive suspension and 4WD gearing made it a very capable off-road vehicle. As such, it neither truly fit with traditional 4×4 vehicles, with its on-road refinement, nor the crossover SUV market, with its decidedly off-road construction and ability. Granted, why it would even want to fit into either of these segments is another question. It is as capable, if not more, than the best of commercially available 4×4 vehicles, yet it maintains on-road manners that were unique for its time. Oddly, with all these specialties, sales were intentionally limited, with only 4,309 vehicles being produced in total, and just 4,153 being adopted in the United States in three years of sales. As it stands, the vehicle has an obscure role in history. It has a character which spans the on/off-road divide that is still unmatched today with current crossover vehicles that may be better than it in one category, but have yet to match its off-road ability. In reality, most of the crossovers available today really do not do either job well, but each job all right. The VehiCROSS has received some star roles on the big screen, such as being prominently featured in the movie "Mission to Mars" along with appearing in the movies "Unconditional Love" and in the movie "Silent Predators".