picture postIsuzu Como concept: from a once-exciting company

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1991 Isuzu Como concept

On January 31, 2009, Isuzu exited the passenger vehicle market in the United States, sans pizzazz. Their closing lineup was comprised of a truck and SUV.

1991 Isuzu Como concept

Isuzu wasn’t always boring. In 1991, they produced this concept for the Tokyo Motor Show. Curious why its rear is so long? That’s where the engine is housed.

1991 Isuzu Como concept

Mounted ahead of the rear wheels, the Como’s 3.5-liter “F1 engine” is a V12, developed by Lotus and capable of generating 740 horsepower.

1991 Isuzu Como concept

Oh, the other reason the rear is so long is because it’s a truck, with a covered bed. In fact, Isuzu referred to the Como as a “grand sports-utility vehicle.”

1991 Isuzu Como concept

Grand it was, including scissor-style doors that led to a contemporary interior, by 1990s concept standards.

1991 Isuzu Como concept

Though it can’t been seen in this picture, possibly the most surprising aspect of the Como concept is that it was a 2+2 layout. That’s right, a four-seater.

1991 Isuzu Como concept

At least there is a remnant of Isuzu in the States, we still have their commercial trucks.