Mesa Grande

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Vehicle
Mesa Grande
A Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)
A Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories]]
Vehicle type Civilian SUV
Body style 2-door light SUV
Capacity 2 (driver and 1 passenger)

The Mesa Grande is an off-road vehicle that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The vehicle is simply referred in GTA San Andreas in short as the Mesa.

Description

Design

Resembling a 1987–1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ (as evidenced by its rectangular headlights and signal lights) and differing by its horizontal slitted grille design, the Mesa Grande is evidently a compact SUV with a heightened ground clearance and large wheels to facilitate offloading. The Mesa Grande comes in three variations with regards to the occupants' compartment, including a canvas top, a rollbar or nothing at all. The San Andreas Mesa is either open top or hardtop (tan or brown) only. Both versions are always equipped with one piece solid doors with glass (no half or canvas versions). The Mesa Grande/Mesa can only seat two.

While more common in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Mesa is a somewhat rare vehicle in GTA San Andreas, as it only seems to spawn under certain conditions, and only has prominent appearances in missions and when wanted in the Exports and Imports side-mission. GTA San Andreas' Mesa, however, can be upgraded at TransFender (though roof color must be achieved at a Pay 'n' Spray first).

The doors of the Mesa Grande can be removed using any melee weapon, creating a more realistic convertible version.

Performance

The Mesa Grande's performance is similar to that of the Blista Compact; due to its light weight and short wheelbase, the Mesa Grande is significantly nimble and possesses above average pickup and torque than speed. However, as a compact SUV, the Mesa Grande only has a moderate top speed. Its light weight and stiff suspension may also result in frequent rollovers on uneven terrain or in accidents.

Variants

The Mesa Grande has been adopted by the military in GTA for non-combat roles, emulating the use of the similarly designed Willys MB, Willys M38, or M151 MUTT by the US Army prior to the extensive deployment of HMMWV's (the actual design of the Mesa Grande is not based on any military jeep).

In GTA San Andreas, Mesa's are featured in "Robbing Uncle Sam", having been used by the National Guard (sometimes with a green roof), while a military variant of the Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City Stories, painted in military green, is available in the Fort Baxter Air Base. Both variants are still referred to by their respectable original names, Mesa and Mesa Grande.

Trivia

  • The Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City uses a handling line named DESPERAD, which matches an unused text entry DESPERA associated to the text "Desperado." This implies that Desperado is probably the name used for the Mesa Grande during development of the game.
  • The Mesa Grande plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • "Mesa Grande" is Spanish and Portuguese for "big table."
  • Like the Washington and Blista Compact, the Mesa Grande has different engine sounds in each 3rd era game.

Locations

GTA Vice City
  • Commonly spawns throughout the city.
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories