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The topic of diesel engines just can't go on without mentioning the Isuzu Panther. Isuzu have certainly earned the right to claim the Panther as the "King of Diesel", as its strength and economic value has been proven throughout these past few decades.
Amongst other members of the Panther family (Touring, Smart, LV, LS), the Grand Touring (GTR) is the highest variant. This status can easily be recognised by its aesthetic differences, such as the presence of side body mouldings, chrome sideview mirrors with indicator lights, a roof rail, and the alloy wheels with black chrome finishing on the exterior.
Other distinctions are also found inside the cabin. The GTR comes with leather-wrapped seats and also a single in-dash DVD monitor not available on other Panther variants. Nonetheless, as the Panther was designed to be a passenger car/family car, both the standard and the GTR can accomodate up to 9 passengers, and luggage.
Competing with the Toyota Innova, the Isuzu Panther, or known as the Crosswind XU in the Phillipines, has some exterior similarities with the Chevrolet Tavera available in Indonesia.
Since the line was first introduced in 1991, on to the second generation (1996), as well as with the third generation (2000), little has changed.
It was only in 2009 that Isuzu finally launched a new version, the facelift. Significant visible changes compared to the previous model include to the grille and tailights.
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