The Isuzu Rodeo was quickly acknowledged upon release as the most up-to-date and sophisticated vehicle in its class and soon racked up numerous awards. In addition to the Rodeo’s low fuel consumption, its running costs are kept low thanks to the service intervals every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Isuzu’s proven reliability was endorsed by a three-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper mechanical warranty. Extra underbody and box section rust-proofing allowed Rodeo owners to additionally benefit from a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
The Rodeo benefited from a significant upgrade in 2007, receiving a plush new interior and an equally new top-of-its-class common rail diesel engine, intended to keep it a highly competitive vehicle in the hotly contested UK market for ‘adventure-lifestyle’ pick-ups. The line-up was expanded to present UK consumers with a choice of eight models, double- and single-cab body styles, two diesel engines and numerous other custom specifications, including manual or automatic transmissions and two- or four-wheel drive. A bold seven exterior colours were also made available, with a clean solid white as standard, accompanied by two metallic and four mica colour choices.
The Isuzu Rodeo offered to consumers from 2003 had plenty of variable components to choose from. The cab came in single or double format, with the former boasting a length of 5,015mm and the double cab slightly shorter at 4,900mm. Both cabs are 1,720mm wide and extend vertically to 1,800mm. All passenger seats in both variants include three-point pre-tensioner seatbelts.
Further options include a choice between two- and four-wheel drive. This choice dictates the engine that comes with the vehicle. The two-wheel drive is powered by a 2.5l diesel motor, providing 101PS. This engine is powerful enough to tow payloads of up to 2,000kg, with fuel consumption figures of 34.9mpg. CO2 emissions come in at 214g per kilometre.
The four-wheel-drive variant is driven by a 3.0l diesel engine providing a power output of 131PS. Transmission is offered in manual and automatic, with fuel economy of 30.7mpg and 28.8mpg respectively. This more powerful engine can tow weights of up to 2,500kg. Naturally, CO2 emissions are higher than the lower-capacity engine, hitting 243g and 258g per kilometre.
2007 Model Isuzu Rodeo
The Rodeo, released in 2003, in no time at all acquired a reputation for being a good-value pick-up, solidly built and reliable. The 2007 facelift saw the Rodeo gaining an improved interior and upgraded engines, helping the Rodeo to compete more viably with the quality of its rivals. The previous 3.0l engine was replaced by a new 2.5l diesel, offering higher torque with lower RPM alongside a more responsive throttle. For those whose primary use of the Rodeo is towing, Isuzu did also offer a new 3.0l diesel engine that can generate up to a huge 360Nm of torque.
Equipment is divided between three trim grades, and even the most basic grade comes well stocked for its price tag. The lowest grade is the Denver, which includes as standard all-electric windows, climate control, remote central locking, CD stereo with MP3 player functionality and much-desired cosmetic features such as a leather steering wheel and 16” alloy wheels.
At the other end of the scale is the Denver Max LE, and buyers receive a much more showy pick-up truck with this. The Denver Max LE Rodeo boasts 18” alloy wheels in Shadow Chrome, a body-colour-coded hard top with locking tailgate and a stainless steel mesh front radiator grille.