Isuzu Ascender

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Isuzu Ascender
Isuzu-Ascender-7Pass.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2003–2008
Assembly Moraine, Ohio, United States (SWB)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States (LWB)
Body and chassis
Class mid-size SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GMT360
GMT370 (EXT)
Related GMC Envoy
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Buick Rainier
Oldsmobile Bravada
Saab 9-7X
Chevrolet SSR
Powertrain
Engine 4.2 L Vortec Inline 6
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 113 in (2,870 mm) (SWB)
129 in (3,277 mm) (LWB)
Length 191.6 in (4,867 mm) (SWB)
207.6 in (5,273 mm) (LWB)
Width 76.1 in (1,933 mm)
Height 71.9 in (1,826 mm) (SWB)
75.5 in (1,918 mm) (LWB)
Chronology
Predecessor Isuzu Axiom (For 5-Passenger Version)
Isuzu Rodeo (For 5-Passenger Version)
Isuzu Trooper (For 7-Passenger Version)
Successor GMC Terrain (For 5-Passenger Version)
GMC Acadia (For 7-Passenger Version)

The Isuzu Ascender was a mid-size SUV built by General Motors for Isuzu. Introduced for the 2003 model year, the 7-passenger Ascender was a re-badged GMC Envoy. It replaced the Japanese built mid-size Isuzu Trooper. A shorter 5-passenger model was made available for the 2005 model year as a replacement for the Rodeo and the Axiom. A Displacement on Demand V8 was introduced in 2005. Isuzu once offered a wide line of trucks, cars, and SUVs but the Ascender was Isuzu's last and only passenger vehicle until the introduction of the also slow-selling Isuzu i-Series pickup trucks, which were also built by GM in North America. The Ascender was never sold in Canada as Isuzu had announced, at the time, its withdrawal from there.

Rear view of five passenger Ascender

Overview[edit]

The Ascender is the only one of the six mid-size SUVs that was not actually a GM branded product (Isuzu was partially owned by GM until spring 2006). The 7-passenger Ascender was dropped after the 2006 model year. Reviews warned of a thin dealer network for warranty repairs, and the Kelley Blue Book projected a relatively low resale value similar to the Trailblazer. However, Isuzu offers a seven-year/75,000-mile powertrain warranty, and substantial factory incentives.

Five-passenger Ascender

The Ascender ended production on June 6, 2008, as part of Isuzu's withdrawal from the United States market.[1] The Ascender (along with the related GMC Envoy) were both replaced by the 2010 GMC Terrain, based on the GM Theta platform. 7-passenger versions of both SUVs were indirectly replaced by the GMC Acadia in 2007, based on the GM Lambda platform. A 2005-2008 Ascender was recalled by a crash test which received a Poor safety rating.


Engines:

Recall[edit]

General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that can cause fires. The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.[2]


References[edit]

Media related to Isuzu Ascender at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Isuzu Ascender Wire". Topix. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ "GM recalls SUVs for fire hazard". CNN. Retrieved 18 August 2012.