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North American International Auto Show 2001


The Isuzu GBX Concept SUV
The Isuzu GBX Concept SUV
The Isuzu GBX Concept SUV

Several cars at this year's car show have a retro look to them; but no one went as far back for design inspiration as Isuzu. The company said the idea for its latest concept SUV was driven by the original utility vehicle -- the stagecoach. You can see hints of the old western stagecoach in this SUV's design.

The black roof rack is built into the vehicle's external frame and outlines the suicide doors. Upon opening the doors, you'll find that there is no middle pillar between them, which seems to be a common theme among many of this year's concept cars. The Mazda RX-8, Honda Model X, Dodge Super8 Hemi and Nissan Truck Concept are among the concept vehicles that have been developed without a middle pillar. Eliminating this middle pillar, also called the B pillar, gives car owners easier entry into the car and imparts an overall roomier look.

Isuzu has designed the GBX to be an "automotive backpack" that can carry everything you need. There is a gear port built into the cargo gate, allowing easy access to small items stowed in the cargo area. A tool-storage set-up and work shelves are incorporated into this port.

The GBX has a V6, 3.0-liter, DOHC, 24-valve, direct-injection, turbodiesel engine. One unique feature of this engine is its ceramic particulate filter. The vehicle is 14.6 feet long, 6.2 feet tall (including the roof rack) and about 5 feet wide.