The Alterra came in only one engine type each year it was released. Early versions used a 3.0-liter DDi iTEQ with CRDi diesel engine which produces 146 horsepower and 217 Nm of torque. The Isuzu Alterra engine allowed the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour (kph) in 12.6 seconds and has a top speed of up to 195 kph. The latest generation of the Alterra, which debuted in Thailand in 2013, featured a new 2.5-liter engine which has been dubbed the “Super Commonrail”.
The Isuzu Alterra suspension system consisted of an independent double wishbone with torsion bar springs and stabilizer bar at the front and a Flex RideMOVE suspension, semi-elliptical leaf springs with telescopic shock absorber at the rear.
As a truck-based SUV, one can’t expect the Alterra to have sedan-like handling, and maneuvering can be a bit of a challenge because of the vehicle’s length. The suspension system is tuned for comfort, so if you prefer a weighty ride such as those offered by American-made SUVs in a more affordable setting, the Alterra is for you.