ISUZU Amigo Cabrio
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The open-top version of the three-door Amigo was available on selected markets and built according to GM’s joint project.
With a new model in its lineup, Isuzu was ready to hit the North American market in its attempt to get more traction among U.S. customers. But since it didn’t have a wide dealer network, it signed an agreement with GM to help it complete the list. The Amigo was part of that deal, and the carmaker started selling the open-top SUV to American customers.
The Amigo was offered as a three-door vehicle, with the same rectangular headlights with rounded edges as Vauxhall or Opel. Isuzu installed a special plastic grid-pattern grille with its chromed name on it to distinguish it from its siblings. The C-pillar was leaned forward and formed a triangular-shaped small window behind the B-pillar. In the back, the car featured a removable canvas-roof. A removable panel above the front passengers enhanced the cabriolet feeling, but the B-pillars, the door’s rim, and the windows frames were not removable.
Inside, Amigo featured a narrow dashboard with a curved fascia to look a little bit more stylish. The carmaker installed the HVAC controls up on the center stack, while the center console was occupied by the handbrake, the gear-stick, and the transfer box selector. It offered a decent room in the front but with limited legroom in the rear.
While Isuzu was well-known for its diesel engines, most of them were sold with the gasoline units provided by Honda or GM. In some markets, it was available with Isuzu’s 2.2-liter turbo-diesel.