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The Isuzu Trooper Was Also a Subaru, an Acura and... the Holden Jackaroo

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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

You know it as the Isuzu Trooper, but drivers the world over know it as an almost unbelievable array of other things. At one point, it was a Chevrolet. A Subaru. An Acura. In Australia, it was called -- I swear this is true -- the Holden Jackaroo.

"What are you driving these days, Roger?"

"Oh, I've got a Jackaroo!"

Yes, the Isuzu Trooper wore many hats throughout the 1990s, when the second-generation model was rebadged for any automaker who needed, wanted or sort of desired an SUV -- or whose executives had a boat and wanted something to tow it with.

The strangest rebadge of the Trooper was probably the Subaru Bighorn. At the time, Subaru didn't have an SUV, and so -- possibly due to the fact that General Motors owned Isuzu and also a portion of Subaru -- Asian markets received the Trooper as the Bighorn. This thing wasn't changed even a little bit from the Trooper, except for the fact that it had a Subaru badge on the grille. It even kept the wheels.

Of course, we can never forget that the Trooper was also sold in America as the Acura SLX. Honda realized a little too late that they needed SUVs, so they turned to Isuzu for some stopgap SUV options while Honda was developing its own. The result was the SLX and the Honda Passport, which was based on the Isuzu Rodeo. Interestingly, a good argument could be made that the SLX preceded virtually all modern luxury SUVs, as it debuted in 1996 -- well before the Mercedes M-Class (1998), the Lexus RX (1999) and the BMW X5 (2000).

Other names the Trooper took over the years: Vauxhall Monterey. Chevrolet Trooper (in Asia). Honda Horizon (seriously). And my personal favorite, Holden Jackaroo. Only Australians would be crazy enough to buy a vehicle named the Jackaroo. And apparently, they were.

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