The Izuzu Trooper debuted in 1983 as a fairly simple on- and off-road vehicle that featured a five-speed manual transmission and part-time four-wheel drive. The first generation's specifications were slightly underpowered when compared to later models.
The Trooper's first generation design lasted until 1991, when it was redesigned for the 1992 model year. Izuzu gave the Trooper more power, made it bigger and added some amenities that made the car feel more luxurious. This second-generation Trooper came under fire, however, when Consumer Reports labeled the 1996 and 1997 models of the car "Not Acceptable" due to its tendency to roll over during testing. In 2003, the Trooper was replaced by the Isuzu Ascender in the United States market.