Isuzu I 290
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Isuzu
Model: I 290
Isuzu I 290

Not long ago, Isuzu and General Motors embarked upon a joint expansion venture to produce compact pickup trucks. Isuzu planned to build a truck called the D-Max to sell in Thailand, while General Motors manufactured its own versions, the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, for the United States. The Isuzu i-Series pickup truck line was presented at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The i-Series was a necessary replacement for the Isuzu Hombre as it has been out of production for five long years since 2000. Like the Hombre, the i-Series shares its platform with the General Motors mid-size pickups. It is built at the same plant in Shreveport, Louisiana that produces the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. To make matters even more convoluted, they were in turn developed off the cab and chassis of the Isuzu D-Max. Unfortunately for Isuzu and General Motors, the i-Series sales have been poor thus far, with just 1,377 sold from the release through February 2006. It seems that there are rumors of Thai produced Isuzu vehicles reaching the United States in the 2008. The i-290, one of the models in the i-series, holds a 2.9-liter four-cylinder, while the i-370 gets a 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder. They join the Ascender sport utility vehicle as Isuzu's only remaining models in the U.S. market. With its 185-horsepower four-cylinder and other appropriate equipment, the i-290 has a payload rating greater than 1,500 pounds and can tow up to 3,100 pounds when equipped with an automatic transmission. In reality, this is too low of a towing capacity to really compete in the United States. There are vans that can tow more than the i290, which frankly, is inexcusable and likely one of the main reasons that sales have been so low. If Isuzu wants to be taken seriously as a truck manufacturer, they are going to have to put some power under the hood.

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