If you thought last year was a massive sales slowdown in regards to the Indian automotive industry, this year’s even worse. So much so, in April 2020, each and every manufacturer recorded zero sales – to be very precise – thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
In an exorbitant market where manufacturers are facing perhaps the hardest time in finding an authentic buyer for mainstream cars, Isuzu Motors launched the latest iteration of its pickup truck, the D-Max V-Cross. As history recalls, there is no denying that the previous generation of the D-Max had an impeccable street presence – luring heads all over the city. But it had a few misses and pitfalls, which the new mid-life makeover, certainly tries to fix upon.
The Isuzu D-Max has always been a niche product, for a segment that’s barely known to some. In fact, as we drove in the streets of Delhi for our tests, the Isuzu did an impressive job in prying eyeballs, as it still remains unknown to many.
Now, Isuzu has officially said that the BS-VI approved versions of both the D-Max V-Cross and MU-X are delayed due to this pandemic. Since we’re nearing the end of this quarantine – or so I hope – Isuzu might launch its updated truck in the upcoming weeks. Before that, here’s a full overview of what’s on offer.
From the update last year, the D-Max V-Cross received a small makeover, meaning the styling – and hence, the silhouette – remains more or less unchanged from the model it replaces. A quick refresher for those unaware, the Isuzu now gets brighter LED projector headlamps and chrome detailing in the fog lamp inserts. In profile, the 18-inch alloy wheels are a welcome change over the puny 17-inchers.
As for the overall dimensions, the 5,295mm in length, 1,860mm in width, and 1,855mm in height. The sizeable 18-inch wheels are separated by a massive wheelbase of 3,095mm. Apart from that, it has a respectable ground clearance of 225mm and a boot space capacity of 265-litres. The base-spec variant of the pickup truck tips the scale at 1,935kg.
Under the hood, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross comes powered with two diesel engines. The lower-spec variants are powered with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with variable geometry, which is good for 134bhp and 320Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as a sole fit. Moreover, the top-spec variant of the D-Max V-Cross comes powered with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, Common Rail, VGS Turbo Intercooled Diesel engine, which produces 148bhp and 350Nm of torque. This engine only comes mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The figures above are in reference to the BS-IV spec D-Max V-Cross since the BS-VI version is yet to be unveiled officially.
Since the BS-VI versions of the diesel engines are expected to be slightly less frugal, here’s how the BS-IV version fares in fuel efficiency. Both the engines deliver somewhere between 11-13km/l in BS-IV form.
As for the additional equipment that was added in the last update, there’s a reverse parking camera, which makes its presence felt, as it was sorely missed out on the previous model. However, the Isuzu still misses out on rear parking sensors, which in my opinion, should be mandatory for a vehicle of this prodigious size.
As for more added equipment, the pickup truck now gets electrically adjustable driver’s seat and a host of electronic aids such as hill hold assist, hill descent control, traction control and stability control. The Isuzu also boasts new leather upholstery, with a sporty all-black layout.
In case of the automatic, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Automatic, that proudly flaunts the Z Prestige insignia – boasts six airbags (as opposed to two on the Z variant) and plusher leather upholstery.
The D-Max V-Cross, as of mid-2020, comes in seven shades, namely, Sapphire Blue, Silky Pearl White, Ruby Red, Titanium Silver, Obsidian Grey, Cosmic Black, and Splash White.
All the details regarding the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of mid-2020, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is available in three variants, in eitherthe 2.5-litre diesel-manual configuration or the 2.0-litre diesel-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 16.55 lakhs for the Standard variant going all the way to Rs. 19.99 lakhs for the Z Prestige variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.