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This is the year of the VehiCROSS. Isuzu is finally going to bring the futuristic VehiCROSS sport-utility vehicle to America. But only 200 units per month of this techno-design sport-ute will be produced. It will be powered by a 3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam 24-valve V-6 engine, rated at 215 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. The front suspension is a double-wishbone design with torsion bar springs. The rear suspension has a center four-link coil design. It gets Isuzu's Torque on Demand automatic four-wheel-drive system, which Isuzu says can anticipate wheel slippage and attempt to prevent it before it occurs by automatically redistributing torque.
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For 1999, Trooper models equipped with automatic transmissions add the Torque-on-Demand traction control system as standard equipment. Certain models get an optional new "gold package," which features gold badging and gold-trimmed mesh wheels.
The Amigo was re-introduced in 1998. This year, it will be available in hardtop and soft-top versions. The soft top has been re-engineered for better use and permits the tailgate to open without removing the rear window curtain. The polypropylene hardtop allows for glass side and rear windows, along with a removable rear moonroof. An automatic transmission is now available for the V-6 engine.
Rodeo, completely re-engineered in 1998, gets an expanded list of options, new colors, and an all-new trim level. The LSE gets a gold trim package and a new color. The Hombre has a three-door spacecab model, additional exterior colors, interior upgrades and other mechanical and cosmetic improvements.
The Oasis minivan continues, with interior and exterior refinements, new seating and new colors.