From 1989 to 1994 and again from 1998 to 2000, the Isuzu Amigo was the entry-level member of the Isuzu triple-threat sport/utility team. As the leadoff hitter for the Isuzu team, the Amigo has always emphasized "sport" rather than "utility," courting the "wind in your hair" image that befits a 2-door soft-top vehicle.
The Amigo's most distinctive feature was its removable canvas top, which was used to be partially or fully retracted.
Positioned at the inexpensive end of the compact sport/utility market, the Isuzu Amigo was designed to attract value-conscious younger buyers who wanted a sport-ute that projected an image of fun and spirit, but was also counted on to provide dependable, no-nonsense operation. Key competitors for the soft-top Amigo included the Geo Tracker, the Jeep Wrangler and the Suzuki Sidekick.
Differentiated by interior upholstery and exterior accents, the Amigo was available in a pair of trim levels: S and XS, in 2-wheel- or 4-wheel-drive versions.
The S Softtop was upgraded from 96 to 120 hp like the other models.
Isuzu simplified the Amigo's powertrain by dropping one engine and the optional automatic transmission.
The Amigo continued to rely on a single engine-transmission combination: a 2.6-liter inline 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 4-wheel-drive system featured a 2-speed transfer case with a floor-mounted shift lever and manual locking hubs.
After production ended in late 1994 with the last vehicles sold in early 1995, the Amigo was spiritually succeeded by the Suzuki X-90 from 1995 through 1997.
The Amigo returned to the United States market, again as a 2-door soft-top, after the X-90's demise. A new V6 engine was introduced this model year.
A new hardtop body style was added to the lineup in 1999. The name "Amigo" was discontinued after 2000.
- $14,999 (1994 Isuzu Amigo S 4x2)
- $15,649 (1994 Isuzu Amigo XS 4x2)
- $16,949 (1994 Isuzu Amigo S 4x4)
- $17,349 (1994 Isuzu Amigo XS 4x4)