The first Isuzu Trooper was launched in the early 1980s. It was fairly successful, thanks to the smalltime demand for SUVs back then, despite being plain and utilitarian. The double door boxed up body has the appeal of a Land Rover, although the early versions were only available with a 4-cylinder engine of 2.2 l and pretty underpowered. A 4 door model soon came into the ranks with a GM-sourced V6 engine. With the market of SUVs growing, the Trooper came to be endowed with luxury amenities, although by the early years of the 1990s, it was apparent that the Trooper was in desperate need of a redesign to survive in a market that was being frequently flooded with improving competitors.
The next versions of the Trooper came with rounded edges, although the box design was predominant.
The longer, taller and wider Trooper was truck based, but with additional features like antilock brakes and a powerful V6. This design lasted for up to 10 years. However, by the 2000s, the Isuzu Trooper was taken over by newer and superior competition, still rebounding from a negative report published in Consumer Reports.
When the sales were stalled, the Isuzu model was discontinued for 2002. The second generation of the Trooper was better and equipped with improved features with aggressive depreciation and affordable pricing. With an excellent outward visibility and a spacious interior, the vehicle was a major buy in the decade of the 90s.