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2002 Isuzu Axiom XSR Concept

The 2002 Isuzu Axiom XSR Concept made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, in January 2002. It showcased Isuzu's innovative approach to sport utility vehicle design. Developed as a two-seat open-air sports roadster based on the award-winning Axiom SUV platform, the XSR aimed to cater to young, active individuals seeking both roadster performance and off-road versatility.

Collaborating with Italdesign California, Isuzu's design department in Cerritos, Calif., transformed a production Axiom into a two-door roadster by shortening the wheelbase, removing the roof, rear side doors, and tailgate while increasing the windshield's rake and lengthening the front doors. The XSR featured a power-retractable top that automatically retracted beneath a hard tonneau cover, offering open-air motoring without compromise. Its aggressive styling included a custom aero body kit, dual sport bars, HID fog lights, and a pickup-style tailgate, all complemented by a specially formulated Pearl Yellow paint finish.

Powering the XSR was a 3.5-liter dual overhead cam V6 engine generating 230 horsepower and 230 foot-pounds of torque, paired with an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission and Isuzu's TORQUE-ON-DEMAND four-wheel-drive system. The concept boasted Brembo cross-drilled ventilated disc brakes, massive 20-inch six-spoke forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport performance tires, and Intelligent Suspension Control for optimized ride quality and handling.

Inside, the XSR featured a sleek cockpit with Recaro sport bucket seats, a Clarion Joyride audio system with voice-activated navigation, and storage compartments integrated into the tonneau cover. While Isuzu expressed the XSR's potential for production, its fate ultimately depended on public response to the concept, reflecting Isuzu's commitment to pushing the boundaries of SUV design and innovation.

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