The Isuzu VehiCross Is A Bizarre SUV The World Forgot

Under 6000 of these weird Isuzu SUVs were made, and as Doug DeMuro discovers, there are plenty of quirks to discover...
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I must admit, before watching this video, I’d never heard of the Isuzu VehiCross, and neither can I recall seeing one IRL. There’s a good reason for that: they were only ever sold in Japan and the US, and in small numbers: just 5958 were built.

That’s not to say it was a flop: the VehiCross was a kinda/sorta halo car for Isuzu that stayed reasonably close to the concept that spawned it, and production was supposed to be limited.

It was manufactured in an usual way too, with its weirdly-shaped body panels stamped out using a ceramic die. Compared to a more conventional cast iron die, the ceramic equivalents can be made for fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time, meaning Isuzu was able to make its concept a reality surprisingly quickly. The downside is ceramic dies wear out more quickly, but that wasn’t a problem given the VehiCross’ intended volumes.

The Isuzu VehiCross Is A Bizarre SUV The World Forgot

The example Doug DeMuro is checking out here happens to be the final one made, and as you’d expect, it has plenty of weird touches. Chief among which is the enclosed spare wheel holder: the whole back end of the car seems to have been designed around it, from the low step of the boot aperture to the curved rear windscreen - complete with curved heater elements.

It’s a willfully bonkers car, this…



I know why people forget, It makes you vehiCross-eyed

02/20/2018 - 10:20 |
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02/20/2018 - 10:25 |
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Sebastian Sohlberg

I remember this from Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3

02/20/2018 - 11:13 |
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Someone at my school owns one. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen, though I don’t get around that much.

02/20/2018 - 11:17 |
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Jake 136

There’s one somewhere in New Hampshire that I’ve seen

02/20/2018 - 11:40 |
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RodriguezRacer456 (Aventador SV) (Lambo Squad)

I saw this and I was like: “HOLY JESUS, they remembered the Vehicross??”

I knew it since I was very young. It was in Test Drive: Off Road 3

02/20/2018 - 12:02 |
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My Pick-Up has the same interior. But, without the fancy colors

02/20/2018 - 13:18 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Does it have any of the upmarket amenities included in the vehicross

02/20/2018 - 21:13 |
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“Should we make a boat or a SUV?”


02/20/2018 - 14:13 |
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hummerinator (Suzuki samurai, lada niva & iveco daily lover)

In reply to by Wrangler

Just love this so much1!!!!!

02/20/2018 - 19:30 |
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Radu Gabriel

Quirks and features

02/20/2018 - 17:02 |
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