Whether in rear-wheel drive (4x2) or four-wheel drive (4x4) formats, all Isuzu Rodeo pickups have easy-to-use manual or automatic transmissions, the manual, for example, being an especially slick-shifting five-speed.
And on the new Rodeo Denver an optional four-speed automatic gearbox is available offering some sophisticated aids to relaxed yet responsive driving.
For example, ‘Grade Logic’ intervenes during steep gradients giving the driver better control. When climbing, the gearbox reduces the tendency to ‘hunt’ from one gear to another, unlike ordinary automatics.
Equally, during descents, the ‘box’ will change down from fourth to third, providing improved engine braking and driver control – especially useful when fully laden or when towing a trailer.
The Rodeo Denver’s automatic also features two modes: ‘power’ and ‘3rd start’. The former provides livelier acceleration by holding on to the gears for longer during upshifts while the latter allows the vehicle to move off in 3rd gear in slippery conditions, reducing the risk of wheelspin.
Rodeo 4x4 models have a fascia-mounted button to select ‘shift-on-the-fly’ allowing 4WD or 2WD to be engaged on the move at speeds up to 60 mph. For low ratio the vehicle must be stationary but selection is equally simple.
Water Wading Snorkel
Isuzu has taken the Rodeo’s all-terrain abilities very seriously – even for 4x2 models. For example, all Rodeos have a rear limited-slip differential for added traction in slippery conditions.
And the rear axle even has a snorkel to enable the Rodeo to ‘breathe’ under water. All versions also have extensive under body protection such as skid plates in selected vulnerable areas.