Ascender was first presented at the motor show in New York in April 2002. This SUV was replaced in the lineup of V-Pick Trooper. Was developed in the U.S. forces engineering and design departments of concern General Motors, which owns 50% stake in Isuzu, the platform GMC Envoy XL. In order to reduce the cost of development and unification of the exterior of a car pastors were subjected to minor changes, a new chrome grille with six brand slotted slightly modified front bumper and headlights. Collect Ascender on GM plants in Moraine (Ohio) and Oklahoma City (Oklahoma).
Seven-seat version became the flagship of the lineup, especially since this is the first seven-passenger SUV company throughout its existence. The increased length allowed to place in the back of a car pastors optional third row of seats.
It facilitates access to wide rear side door and easy folding second-row seats.
Among the features of the design - a lightweight and durable frame, manufactured hydroformed, fully independent spring suspension front and rear axle in five longitudinal and diagonal arms. Exterior is not abundant delights, but quite attractive, firm lines of Isuzu looked through clearly.
The base for both versions is a 4.2 liter overhead valve engine R6 24V (275 hp 373 Nm), and optional on the Ascender 7-Passenger motor mounted 5.3 liter V8 16V (300 hp, 407 Nm). Transmission 5-speed manual or 4-step \"automatic\" with overdrive. Transmission - either rear-wheel drive or optional Autotrac four-wheel drive with automatic connection of front axle.
Ascender is available in three trim levels - S, LS and Limited. Electronic stability system and ABS - standard elements. Side airbags are two rows are options. In completing the LS includes traction control, differential-slip, solar sunroof, CD-changer and a roof rack. In the top version Limited dash and console are finished expensive plastic \"wood\", and the seats, steering wheel and gear lever CP covered in leather. The list also listed as heated seats, Bose sound system and adjustable pedals.