The Isuzu VehiCROSS is quite possibly the quirkiest SUV to be sold in the 21st century so far. With its highly unconventional aesthetic, two-door body with an enclosed spare tire, and even a weird name, the VehiCROSS is an oddity even by Isuzu standards. It’s also a pretty strong off-roader. Today’s Autotrader Find is a unique pink 2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS with a list of modifications to improve its off-road capabilities.
When the VehiCROSS Doesn’t Stand Out Enough
Someone decided that the VehiCROSS doesn’t stick out in traffic like a sore thumb quite enough. To remedy this, they applied a hot pink wrap on the body. Even the “Isuzu” emblem in the grille is pink. This takes the odd look of the VehiCROSS and makes it even more outlandish.
The body-on-fram VehiCROSS was already a pretty proficient off-roader from the factory, but this one has several mods to give it even better off-road chops. These include Rancho 5000 adjustable shocks, stainless steel brake lines, 4.56 gears front and rear, 15-inch steel wheels with 32-inch BF Goodrich tires, and more. Other upgrades include a JVC stereo with an 11-inch subwoofer in the back, a custom swing-out spare tire carrier, and a Flowmaster 40 muffler.
This Isuzu also boasts some recent servicing. According to the seller, it has new rear axle seals, a new power steering pump, and the timing belt was replaced less than 20,000 miles ago. This SUV even comes with a spare engine. The seller is an avid VehiCROSS enthusiast who previously had a different one. The seller’s original VehiCROSS was in an accident but kept the still-running engine which has about 110,000 miles on it and a new timing belt shortly before the accident. Per the listing, various other spare parts are included as well (including more pink wrap).
Is the VehiCROSS Any Good?
When an SUV looks this odd, one has to wonder if it’s actually any good. Mechanically, the VehiCROSS is very similar to the much more conventional second-generation Isuzu Trooper midsize SUV. The choice 3.5-liter V6 engine is sourced from the Trooper as is the Borg-Warner developed Torque On Demand (TOD) four-wheel-drive system. The V6 is muscular enough making 215 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, fuel economy is subpar as you might expect from a V6-powered SUV of this era.
The VehiCROSS has been praised for its great off-road capabilities and on-road competency. However, it was not a success for a few reasons. For starters, there’s the very odd look that just isn’t going to draw in a lot of buyers. Secondly, it had a base price of around $30,000. That made it quite expensive compared to other off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler and more practical choices like the Ford Explorer.
However, Isuzu knew this wouldn’t be a high-volume seller and its production was intentionally limited for that reason. Just under 6,000 models were ever produced between 1997-2001, 4,153 of which were destined for the U.S. market. One might even say this was a halo vehicle for the Isuzu brand due to its limited production. Not to mention the fact that no other brand was making anything like this.
With an asking price of $11,500, this is a bit outside of the KBB Fair Market Range. But where else are you going to find a pink Isuzu VehiCROSS that comes with a spare engine? Find an Isuzu VehiCROSS for sale