The new Rodeo’s standard safety features are truly outstanding for a pickup and illustrate its importance worldwide where in many countries it will be chosen as a family car such as in the Far East or the Greek peninsular. American customers also demand high standards of passive safety.
Standard features include a three-channel, four-sensor anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). This latter feature is especially important on a pickup which has to cope with a wide variation between laden and unladen weight.
The Rodeo’s EBD compensates for the front and rear load differences during braking – before the ABS intervenes – preventing rear axle lock-up which can afflict some pickups. The front brakes also have twin piston callipers which enhances braking effort and evens out pad wear.
All Rodeos also have twin front airbags with side protection door beams for all doors. The front and rear of the body have special crush zones designed to provide maximum absorption during impacts while the centre section and chassis are specially reinforced.
Stronger, Stiffer Chassis And Galvanised Body Panels
The cab rides on a completely new separate chassis which is stiffer and more resistant to bending in the longitudinal zone by 60 per cent and 50 per cent stronger laterally. A special cross member at the rear of the chassis greatly increases torsional rigidity and spreads out the payload more evenly.
Helping both safety, refinement and durability is a single-piece cabin side which is also galvanized for maximum corrosion-protection as are the cabin rear panel, inner and outer doors, bonnet, wings, wheel well housings, tub floor and sides plus the tailgate.
And on the subject of longevity, even the fuel tank is rust-resistant, being made of polyethylene unlike the vulnerable steel tanks of many other models.
Rodeos supplied by official importer, Isuzu (UK) Limited, also enjoy extra rustproofing. This involves a heavy-duty wax coating for the underbody and cavity-injection of crucial box-sections.