Isuzu Motors America says its 2008 pickup models will offer up to 1,500 lb. more towing capacity, as well as new safety options that include head-curtain side-impact airbags and electronic traction control.
The extended cab version of Isuzu's mid-sized pickup will continue to be available as either the i-290 with a 185-hp. 4-cyl. engine or the i-370 with a 242-hp. 5-cyl. engine. A 4-sp. automatic transmission is standard with the larger engine and optional with the 4-cyl., which comes with a 5-sp. manual as standard. Also returning in 2008 is a crew cab version of the i-370 with the same powertrain.
Both i-370 models increase towing capacity from 4,000 to 5,500 lb., while the i-270 receives just a 100-lb. increase to 3,200 lb. with the optional automatic transmission and 2,000 lb. with the standard manual.
Isuzu says other new options for its 2008 pickups will include an in-dash CD changer, and integrated trailer hitch and wiring harness.
Isuzu says it will continue offering a 7-yr./75,000-mi. powertrain limited warranty and 24-hr. roadside assistance coverage for its pickups.