Archive for January, 2008
The 2008 Isuzu Ascender SUV is largely unchanged. Ascender is a traditional truck-type SUV and is essentially a retrimmed version of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy. Ascender is available with rear-wheel drive or with 4-wheel drive that can be left engaged on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. The sole powertrain teams a 285-hp 4.2-liter 6-cylinder engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 5800 lb. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, and curtain side airbags. Note that Isuzu will discontinue sales of light-duty vehicles in North America during calendar 2009.
The 2008 Jaguar S-Type gets a minor exterior facelift as it enters its final model year. This premium midsize sedan will be replaced by the 2009 Jaguar XF during calendar 2008. The S-Type comes in three models, each with a different engine. The 3.0 has a 235-hp 3.0-liter V6; the 4.2 has a 300-hp 4.2-liter V8; the sporty R has a supercharged 400-hp 4.2 V8. All have a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. The R has a sport suspension, exclusive mesh grille, and larger wheels and tires.