About the Isuzu Amigo
The Isuzu Amigo had a well-designed interior, bucking the trend of silly curves exhibited by so many cars in the 1990s. The vehicle had some sharply-defined edges and looked very sporty and almost jeep-like. The vehicle sat high off the ground giving it a certain stature, even though it was smaller than other SUVs. Dual-range four-wheel drive and an impressive suspension system made the Amigo suitable for off-road driving.
Unfortunately, several problems in the drive quality of the vehicle made it unpopular. The Amigo had depressingly sluggish steering, somewhat negating the off-road qualities of the suspension and four-wheel drive. The engine also made extensive amounts of noise inside the cabin, making for an unpleasant experience. The fuel economy isn’t the best for the city dwellers either, sporting 14/21 mpg city/highway for the four-cylinder two-wheel drive and 14/18 mpg city/highway for the six-cylinder four-wheel drive.
The two-door, short-length vehicle made the backseat an unpleasant area to end up. Isuzu Amigo Features
Upgrades were made throughout the first generation run. 1991 saw the introduction of a center-locking console as a standard feature on the XS and an option on the base line S. 1992 added a four-speed automatic transmission option to the mix. The Amigo received a redesigned grill in 1993. Oddly, the automatic transmission was dropped two years after its introduction. The 2.3-liter engine was discontinued that same year, making the 2.6-liter engine the standard on both vehicles. Standard features such as power steering, power mirrors, and 16-inch wheels were added.
The first generation Amigo was discontinued in 1994. A new Amigo was introduced to the public four years later.
The second generation Amigo was offered in the 1998 model year. The first Amigo model was available as a two-door convertible until a hardtop model was introduced in the 1999 model year. The driving was a bit still on the second generation models since the vehicle was built body-on-frame with a suspension that was not independent.
The second generation Amigo vehicles made massive improvements over the first generation models. The vehicle was more attractive than its predecessor and offered a lot more power, especially when fitted with the V-6 engine. The short wheelbase was both a blessing and a hindrance; it was great for driving in the suburban environment, but wasn’t suitable for rambunctious off-road driving. It also had soft suspension as well as sluggish steering that effected handling. Isuzu Amigo Evolution
The first generation Isuzu Amigo debuted in 1994. The first Amigo offerings were available as a convertible in two trim lines; the base S model and a slightly upgraded XS model. The S model had all the standard offerings including cheap cloth seats. The XS was a bit of an improvement, adding alloy wheels, tilt steering wheel, and power steering, which was not included on the base S model; further frustrating the sluggish performance of the steering. Both models were available in rear wheel and four-wheel drive.
Two engine models were available on the Isuzu Amigo. A 2.3-liter inline-four cylinder pumped out 96 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. A second engine offered a little more power with a 2.6-liter engine pumping out 120 horsepower. The engines were controlled by a five-speed manual transmission.