LOS ANGELES -- Isuzu plans to add two trim lines to its lineup of pickups, offering customers four small pickup options for the 2007 model year.
The new trim lines are the i-370 two-wheel-drive extended cab and the i-370 two-wheel-drive crew cab. Both trim lines will be powered by a 3.7-liter, five-cylinder engine making 242 hp and 242 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard.
It will be the first time a five-cylinder has powered Isuzu's extended-cab model. The i-290 extended cab is equipped with a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine.
The i-370 two-wheel-drive pickup joins the i-370 four-wheel-drive version. The trucks are derived from GM's small pickup platform.
Terry Maloney, president of Isuzu Motors America, said in a statement: "Some of our customers have said they needed the room of a crew cab but without the off-highway capability of four-wheel drive.
"And some of our customers have asked for the extra power of a five-cylinder in the versatile extended-body style."
Also for 2007, Isuzu increased the engine displacement of its i-290 model to 2.9 liters, from 2.8 liters. Horsepower was increased by 10, to 185. Torque is 190 pounds-feet, compared with 185 for the 2006 model.
Engine displacement on the 1-370 is 3.7 liters, compared with 3.5 liters for the 2006 model. Horsepower is 242, up from 220, and torque is up 17 pounds-feet, to 242 pounds-feet.
Isuzu sells only two models in the United States, the small pickups and the mid-sized five-seat Ascender, another GM derivative.
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