Isuzu Vehicross Ironman Edition Could Be Your Budget G500 4×4² Alternative

The Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² is one of the most capable off-roaders out there. But with a starting price tag north of $200,000, it sure is quite expensive. Enter the Isuzu Vehicross Ironman Edition, which, with a little imagination, can be considered as a more affordable, Japanese version of the G500 4×4².

The Vehicross, for those that don’t remember the funky-looking offroader, appeared on the American market in 1999. The SUV uses the same 3.5-liter V6 that pumped out 215 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque as the boxy Trooper and is paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

Despite having a SUV body, the Vehicross was pretty good, both on tarmac and on rougher terrain. It was a great SUV and the Ironman Edition was even better.

Only 1,000 units of the Vehicross Ironman Edition were reportedly made, and the limited-edition version was a way of sending the SUV off in 2001. Precise figures on how many left the factory aren’t available, but the listing on Craigslist claims that the vehicle is “1 of 86 ever made”.

Now the regular Ironman Edition didn’t look like the vehicle on sale, but did come with a few extra features over the regular Vehicross, such as upgraded shock absorbers, a Victory White paint job, special exterior decals, a Yakima roof rack, a better stereo system and bespoke floor mats.

This example, though, has some more touches that make it even more capable off-road, the most noticeable of which is a two-inch lift kit, massive off-roading tires, manual locking front hubs, a winch and a rear limited-slip differential.

The vehicle has 118,300 miles on it and appears to be in really good shape, especially for an off-roading vehicle that has some modifcations. The interior, which features Recaro sport seats, looks pristine. There are a few issues with the car, though, as the seller claims the ABS module isn’t working, there are small chips on the hood and windshield, and the front skid plate vibrates at low speeds.

Still, at an asking price of $13,500, this Vehicross Ironman Edition is one heck of a deal. If you like off-roading and want something out of the ordinary, this is one tempting buy.

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  • LWOAP

    Not digging the interior to be honest. I think it needs to be more rugged and have less red.

  • europeon

    The VehiCROSS is one of the coolest cars ever made, but to compare it with a G-Wagen makes no sense. They both have four wheels, four wheel traction, an engine, and a steering wheel, that’s where the similarities end
    And unfortunately this particular car is modified and in bad taste – forge the LED bar, but the lift kid and the wheels are the worst mods.

    • LWOAP

      Definitely. The wheels don’t look good at all on this thing. I’d keep the lift kit though but only because I intend to go bogging through some deep mud or climbing some rocks

    • Vanquish

      its styling was ahead of its time for sure, alot of its styling elements can be seen on newer suvs

  • SteersUright

    Gorgeous for $13k. Looks like a sci-fi movie prop. Soooo tempting.

  • donald seymour

    I would drive the wheels off that thing.

  • Bash

    I’ve always loved this car, the exterior at least.

  • smartacus

    75 degree V6 instead of 60 degrees
    always seemed interesting to me.

  • Six_Tymes

    ahead of its time. amazing design work for back then, and got to give credit to Isuzu for taking a chance.

  • I always had soft spot for Vehicross, like literally Isuzu predates every other crossover in the market.

  • sidewaysspin

    Amazing how it still looks good after 20 years.

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