Isuzu Pup Specsby Tracy Underwood
The Isuzu P'up is a small pickup truck built in Japan. The truck was introduced in America in 1972 as the Chevy LUV, designed to compete with the Datsun and Toyota trucks that were claiming a market share of American new truck sales. In 1981 Chevrolet designed and built the S-10 pickup to replace the LUV, and Isuzu responded by badging the former LUV as an Isuzu P'up. The P'up was produced until 1988, when it was replaced with a new design.
The Isuzu P'up was available with a four-cylinder gasoline engine displacing 1.8 liters and rated at 75 horsepower and a four-cylinder diesel engine displacing 1.8 liters and rated at 58 horsepower.
The P'up was available with a four-speed manual transmission standard or an optional five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission.
The gasoline-engined P'up was rated 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The diesel version was rated 33 mpg city and 44 mpg highway.
The P'up was available in a short 104.3 inch wheelbase and a long 117.9 wheelbase version. Both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions were offered. The P'up was rated for a load of 1,680 pounds.
- "Isuzu P'up"; Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster; 2010
Since 2008 Tracy Underwood has been fulfilling a lifelong dream of writing professionally. He has written articles for Possumliving.com and Woodsloafing.com online, and in print for "Backwoodsman Magazine." Underwood holds an Amateur Extra license from the FCC. He received an Electronic Technician certificate from the U.S. Navy BE/E school, NTC Great Lakes.