Between 1997 and 2001, Isuzu built one extremely funky SUV called the VehiCROSS. It shared a lot of parts with the Isuzu Trooper and looked just about exactly like the 1993 concept vehicle of the same name. Just like a lot of other concept-to-production vehicles from the 1990s, like the Plymouth Prowler and the Audi TT, not much changed between the first viewing and the available-to-purchase model. Unlike those two concepts, however, the VehiCROSS was one strange-looking beast. In person, you wondered if it was meant to be a moon lander or a kit vehicle. It was funky, for sure, but it was also ribbed and sported some of the largest amounts of black plastic body cladding seen on a production vehicle ever. They actually had off-road chops, placing in the 1998 Paris-Dakar rally and winning the 1999 Australia Safari Rally and did well for off-road magazine tests, but still…you’d have to look at it at the end of the day.
From the factory they came with one of two V6 engines, either a 3.2L or 3.5L. This one is packing 5.9 liters of displacement, courtesy of Ma Mopar. You are looking at a Chrysler 360-swapped Isuzu, and judging from what we can tell in the photos, we suspect that there’s a lot more Dodge stuff than just the engine under this little rig. The parts seem to have been pulled from a 1994-2001 Ram, if the wheels were any indication, so we’d expect to see a Dana 44 front axle and a Chrysler 9.25 rear unit supporting the silver bullet. It’s certainly interesting that someone put this much time and effort into this build…but could it be worth it? You tell us!