Isuzu’s new Rodeo pickup is one of the UK’s best vehicles for towing thanks to an upgrade to its braked towing limit which now stands at 3,000 kg.
The revision affects all Rodeo 3.0 litre 4x4 models in both Single and Double Cab formats including the range-topping lifestyle Denver.
In addition, the action also applies to existing owners who will be contacted and offered revised VIN plates allowing them to benefit from the increase.
Extensive Accessory Range Now On Offer
Meanwhile, Rodeo customers can now choose from a full range of accessories aimed at both the ‘workhorse’ end of the market and those seeking extra luxury.
For example, a towbar for 4x2 models costs £130 and a Classic Hardtop for a Single Cab retails at £1,310.13 (including VAT but excluding fitting). Other practical items include a bed liner kit for a Double Cab for £195 and a tonneau cover for a Double Cab priced at £175.
On the comfort and style side, Isuzu dealers can fit a Smart Nav navigation system for £539.13 and offer a VDO Dayton six CD player at £199.95 (including VAT but excluding fitting).
Also on offer are a chrome side bar and step for a Double Cab at £425 and front bumper style bar for £385 (including VAT but excluding fitting).
Style, Space And Comfort
On sale since November 2003, the totally new Rodeo has won widespread praise for its style, space, comfort and torquey 130 PS 3.0 litre diesel engine which is also available with an automatic transmission option – unique among one-tonne pickups.
Standard equipment is especially generous for a pickup and includes ABS with EBD, twin front airbags, ISOFIX child safety seat mountings and a radio/CD player, while air-conditioning, alloy wheels and leather-wrapped steering wheel are part of the top-spec Denver package.
Priced from £11,357.02 for the 2.5 litre 4x2 Single Cab (on-the-road but excluding VAT), all Rodeos boast 12,000 mile service intervals and 1,000 kg-plus payloads. This allows registered companies to reclaim the VAT.
Meanwhile, company car drivers are only liable for taxation on a fixed £500 per year. Chancellor, Gordon Brown recently announced this ‘perk’ will continue until 2007 when the taxable amount increases to £3,000.
However, only around 10 per cent of Rodeo customers will be affected by this change so the effect on sales is expected to be minimal.
In addition, the CO2-based tax on company cars becomes more severe every year, meaning pickup owners should still enjoy tax savings post-2007.Published 10 April 2004