Isuzu Panther

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Isuzu Panther
2001 Isuzu Panther LS 2.5 TBR541 (20191020).jpg
2001 Isuzu Panther LS 2.5 (TBR541, Indonesia)
Overview
ManufacturerIsuzu
Also called
  • Isuzu Hi-Lander (Philippines)
  • Isuzu Hi-Lander Crosswind (Philippines)
  • Isuzu Crosswind (Philippines)
  • Isuzu Pickup (first generation, pickup, Indonesia)
  • Chevrolet Tavera (India and Indonesia)
Production1991–present
Assembly
Body and chassis
Class
Body style
Related
Chronology
SuccessorIsuzu D-Max (for pickup truck model only)

The Isuzu Panther is a line of multi-purpose vehicle and pickup truck manufactured since 1991 by Isuzu and developed in Indonesia for the Southeast Asian market. The second generation Panther was also manufactured and marketed in India under the name Chevrolet Tavera, a name which is also used in Indonesia for the gasoline version until 2007. It was developed together with General Motors as the "160 Project".[1]

The model is suited to carrying large loads of passengers or cargo. It was developed to meet local conditions in terms of climate, roads and family structure as a durable vehicle. The Panther is also popular in the Philippines as Hi-Lander, later the Crosswind. It was also known as the Hi-Lander in Vietnam.

Engine[edit]

The C223 diesel engine is a 4-cylinder, 2,238 cc (137 cu in), OHV, 8-valve engine. This engine produces 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 4,300 rpm and 126.25 N⋅m (93.12 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 2,200 rpm.

The 4JA1 diesel engine is a 4-cylinder, 2,499 cc (152 cu in), OHV, 8-valve engine. The engine has a 93 mm (3.7 in) bore and 92 mm (3.6 in) stroke. This engine produces 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 3,900 rpm and 130.6 N⋅m (96.3 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 1,800 rpm. The turbocharged variant, the 4JA1-L engine, was introduced with the second generation Panther Touring variant in 2001. This engine produces 86 PS (63 kW; 85 hp) at 3,500 rpm and 191.2 N⋅m (141.0 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 1,800 rpm.

First generation (TBR52, TBR54; 1991–2000)[edit]

First generation (TBR52, TBR54)
'97 Isuzu Panther.JPG
1997 Isuzu Panther Royale 2.5 (TBR54; facelift, Indonesia)
Overview
Also calledIsuzu Hi-Lander
Isuzu Pickup[2]
Production1991–2000 (station wagon, Indonesia)
1991–present (pickup truck, Indonesia)
1997–2001 (station wagon, Philippines)
AssemblyNorth Jakarta, Indonesia (PT Pulogadung Pawitra Laksana)
Biñan, Laguna, Philippines (IPC)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Compact pickup truck
Body style5-door wagon
2-door pickup truck
RelatedIsuzu Faster
Isuzu MU
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission5-speed manual MSG5K
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,680 mm (105.5 in)
Length4,360 mm (171.7 in) (Pickup & Sporty)
4,405 mm (173.4 in) (Royale, Grand Royale & Hi Grade)
4,490 mm (176.8 in) (Hi Sporty)
4,655 mm (183.3 in) (Pickup GD 3-Way)
Width1,650 mm (65.0 in) (Pickup, Royale, Grand Royale & Sporty)
1,740 mm (68.5 in) (Hi Grade)
1,787 mm (70.4 in) (Hi Sporty)
1,820 mm (71.7 in) (Pickup GD 3-Way)
Height1,725 mm (67.9 in) (Pickup & Sporty)
1,770 mm (69.7 in) (Royale & Grand Royale)
1,790 mm (70.5 in) (Pickup GD 3-Way)
1,818 mm (71.6 in) (Hi Grade)
1,826 mm (71.9 in) (Hi Sporty)
Curb weight1,990 kg (4,387 lb)

The first generation Panther was introduced in 1991 as a pickup truck and a coachbuilder-made station wagon in short wheelbase and long wheelbase with the 2.3 L C223 diesel engine. The differences between short wheelbase and long wheelbase are 200 mm in length. The Isuzu Total Assy station wagon version, which is assembled by PT Pulogadung Pawitra Laksana (a subsidiary of Astra International) in Sunter, North Jakarta, was introduced in 1993, and it is available in Standard, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Royal Hi-GLX and Hi Grade trim levels. In 1996, the first generation Panther received a restyled headlamps, redesigned front grille and the 2.5 L Direct Injection 4JA1 diesel engine, and the station wagon version is available in New Super, Deluxe, Royale, Grand Royale, Sporty, Hi Sporty and Hi Grade trim levels. The Sporty and Hi Sporty trims have sporty body kit and two-tone exterior color option. The Hi Sporty and Hi Grade trims have higher ground clearance. In 1999, the Royale and Grand Royale trims were both replaced with the New Royale trim. After the second generation Panther station wagon was introduced, the first generation Panther pickup truck continued to be produced and sold until present. The first generation Panther pickup truck is available in Standard, Flat Deck and GD 3-Way. The front grille of the first generation Panther pickup truck was refreshed twice, in 2005 and 2009. The headlights were then changed into the crystal multireflector headlights. The first generation Panther pickup truck was rebranded as the Isuzu Pickup and has been given a turbocharger to meet Euro 2 emission standards. The front grille of the refreshed 2009 Isuzu Pickup is similar to the second facelift second generation Panther station wagon.

Gallery[edit]

Second generation (TBR541; 2000–present)[edit]

Second generation (TBR541)
Isuzu Panther (2nd generation).jpg
Isuzu Panther LV 2.5 (TBR541; pre-facelift, Indonesia)
Overview
Also calledIsuzu Hi-Lander Crosswind
Isuzu Crosswind
Chevrolet Tavera
Production2000–present (Indonesia)
2001–2017 (Philippines)
2004–2017 (India)
AssemblyNorth Jakarta, Indonesia (PT Pulogadung Pawitra Laksana)
Biñan, Laguna, Philippines (IPC)
Halol, Gujarat, India
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Body style5-door wagon
RelatedIsuzu D-Max
Isuzu Faster
Isuzu MU
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission5-speed manual MSG5K
4-speed automatic AW03-72LE
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,685 mm (105.7 in)
Length4,475 mm (176.2 in) (Smart, LV & LS)
4,535 mm (178.5 in) (Touring & Grand Touring)
4,579 mm (180.3 in) (Touring, 2001–2004)
Width1,680 mm (66.1 in) (Smart, LV & LS)
1,770 mm (69.7 in) (Touring & Grand Touring)
Height1,790 mm (70.5 in) (Smart, LV & LS)
1,873 mm (73.7 in) (Touring)
1,920 mm (75.6 in) (Grand Touring)
Curb weight2,150 kg (4,740 lb) (Smart, LV & LS)
2,170 kg (4,784 lb) (Touring & Grand Touring)

The second generation Panther was introduced on 6 September 2000 at the 10th Gaikindo Auto Expo with the completely rounded, aerodynamic shape of the 21st century. It is only available in station wagon version with the same 2.5 L Direct Injection 4JA1 diesel engine as the first generation, and featured the crystal multireflector headlights for the first time. It is available in short wheelbase, which is available in the base SM, the mid-level SV and Hi Grade SS trim levels, and long wheelbase, which is available in the base LM, the mid-level LV and Hi Grade LS trim levels. The long wheelbase variant is 200 mm longer than the short wheelbase variant. For the first time, the automatic transmission variant is also offered for the LS trim with the 4JA1-L turbocharged diesel engine. In 2001, the top-of-the-line Touring variant was introduced as a sport utility vehicle variant of the second generation Panther with the same turbocharged diesel engine as the automatic transmission variant of the LS trim, two-tone exterior colour with silver coloured body kit and front bumper guard, higher ground clearance, spare tyre attached on boot and four-spoke steering wheel (later also used on the LS trim in 2003). The redesigned taillights with crystal multireflector were introduced with the Touring variant and later also used on the LV and LS trims. In 2003, the second generation Panther has no longer used rubber seals and used compound sealant instead on both rear side and rear window, and also introduced the top-of-the-line Grand Touring variant which has a single exterior color instead of two-tone and without front bumper guard, and is positioned just above the Touring variant. Since then, the short wheelbase variant was discontinued. The Adventure variant which is based on the LV trim with body kit is also available. The manual transmission variant of the LS trim with a turbocharger is also available as well.

Facelift[edit]

The second generation Panther received its facelift in August 2004 with new headlights, redesigned front grille and bumper, redesigned wheels and black plastic trunk garnish with Panther emblem, and also introduced the base Smart trim, which replaced the LM trim. It is available in Smart, LV and LS trim levels, as well as Adventure, Touring and Grand Touring variants in long wheelbase only. The LS trim, Touring and Grand Touring variants received a redesigned four-spoke steering wheel (later also used on the LV trim and Adventure variant in 2008). The front bumper guard on the Touring variant was removed. In early 2007, all variants have been given a turbocharger to meet Euro 2 emission standards. In late 2007, the interior color was changed from black to beige (for all variants) and the door trim was redesigned (initially for the LS trim, Touring and Grand Touring variants, later also for the LV trim and Adventure variant in 2008). Its exterior was refreshed twice, in 2009 and 2013. In early 2009, the front grille was refreshed and in late 2011, the taillights were refreshed. In 2013, the trunk garnish was redesigned exclusive to the LS trim, Touring and Grand Touring variants. The Touring and Grand Touring variants are no longer have the spare tyre mounted on the rear door. The Adventure variant was later discontinued due to low demand.

Crosswind (Philippines)[edit]

In the Philippines, the Crosswind replaced the Hi-Lander in 2001, and was given a major redesign in early 2005 from the "Hi-Lander Crosswind" to just "Crosswind" as well as "Sportivo". Minor facelifts were given in 2007 and 2009 to the same format. It is powered by the 4JA-1 Diesel Engine with the option of an 81 hp normally aspirated version or an 85 hp low-pressure turbocharged version. It is also equipped with Isuzu‘s Flex Ride Suspension System. On 31 August 2012, the Sportivo X was introduced. It was discontinued in 2018 after it sold off its final units due to the Philippines' enforcement of rules for Euro IV emission standards by 2018.[3]

The Crosswind for the Philippine market is available in:

  • Black Series (Final Edition)
  • X-MAX (Limited Edition)
  • Sportivo X (2012–2017)
  • XUVi (2003–2005)
  • XUV (2001–2012, 2015–2017)
  • XTRM (2001–2004)
  • XTi (2001–2014)
  • XTO (2001–2005)
  • XT (2001–2017)
  • XL (2001–2017)
  • XS (2012–2017)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Isuzu: Domestic Market Share Targets of 40% for Small Trucks and 30% for Medium-Sized and Large Trucks are Attainable". MarkLines. 2006-10-25. Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  2. ^ "Isuzu Pickup" (PDF). isuzu-astra.com. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ Buban, Charles E. (2017-07-26). "Savoring the beloved Crosswind's last hurrah". Motioncars. Inquirer.net. pp. B2–B5. Archived from the original on 2018-11-12.

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