Isuzu is planning to introduce back its popular lifestyle pick-up truck, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. The brand had discontinued the model at the turn of BS6 emission norms as the vehicle was unable to match the new stringent standard but now a test mule spotted testing on public roads leads us to believe that the SUVs launch could be just around the corner.
BS6 Powertrain Changes
According to the spy shots, the new BS6 emission-compliant Isuzu D-Max V-Cross will come with a 1.9-litre diesel engine as the DDi branding is clearly visible on the tailgate. The four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine produced 150 PS of power and 350 Nm of peak torque in the BS4 era and came with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The brand is likely to offer only a single engine option, report sources. In the BS4 avatar, the V-Cross also came with a 2.5-litre diesel engine that made 134 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Cosmetic Changes & Features
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross appears similar to the BS4 model and the brand may not make any changes to the design or styling of the V-Cross. Expect mild changes to the interior material quality, but otherwise, the pick-up is likely to come with the same imposing grille on the front, projector-beam headlamp setup, bumper-mounted fog lamps, muscular flared wheel arches, roof rails in a silver finish, entry step to ease ingress and egress, vertically oriented combination taillamps etc. The V-Cross is also likely to come with features that existed on the BS4 model such as automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment, cruise control, powered seats, alloy wheels, bi-LED headlamps, shark-fin antenna, and all the bells and whistles in the safety department including multiple airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors as well as Brake-Override system (BOS).
In other news
Isuzu is hiking the prices of the commercial pick-up range – D-Max Regular Cab and D-Max S-Cab. From 1st April 2021, both the models will cost INR 1,00,000 extra from the current ex-showroom price. The brand mentions that the increased cost of production, transportation, and logistics is the main reason for the price hike.