The concept of pick-up trucks wasn’t really popular with the general buyer in India until Isuzu arrived with the big butch D-Max V-Cross. The double cab pick-up truck is undoubtedly the best selling vehicle of its type in India. Now, Isuzu has launched the all-new facelifted version of the D-Max V-Cross in India. Prices for the pick-up truck start at Rs. 15.51 lakhs for the standard variant and Rs. 17.03 lakhs for the Z variant (both prices ex-showroom, Mumbai). These prices, in fact, are the same as the model the facelift replaces. However, the prices will be increased later on and are presented as a limited period offer.
The new V-Cross will be available in two trim levels – ‘Standard Grade’ and ‘High Grade’ (Z). It also gets two new exciting colour options – Sapphire Blue and Silky Pearl White. Apart from this, 5 colour options are available with the vehicle which includes Ruby Red, Titanium Silver, Obsidian Grey, Cosmic Black and Splash White. Bookings for the new V-Cross have been opened at all dealerships already.
The changes done on this facelift are on the lines of the new Isuzu MU-X SUV launched in India last year. The front end has been redesigned to look more stylish and appealing. A new bumper, Bi-LED headlamps, and a larger chrome grille are the main styling elements on the front.
The sides and the rear are almost the same, save for a new alloy wheel design, new side steps design and updated LED tail lights. The new alloys look quite stylish and are 18-inch units. The towering stance of the D-Max V-Cross though is still maintained and it looks as butch as ever. The facelifted model comes with several safety features as standard including dual airbags, ABS+EBD, ISOFIX child seat hooks, rear parking sensors, and speed alerts.
The interiors of the new facelifted Isuzu D-Max V-Cross will be updated but the layout and design are more or less the same. It now comes with sporty full black interiors on both the standard and high-grade (Z) variants, a welcome change from the beige-brown set-up in the older model. The newly contoured seats are designed to offer comfort and the High Grade (Z) variant comes with perforated leather seats. The instrument cluster has been updated and now features a new 3D Design Electroluminescent Meter and Gear Shift Indicator. The chrome accents that the previous model had on the dashboard, centre console and door highlights have been replaced with piano black garnish.
It also gets a feature called PESS (Passive Entry & Start-Stop System), which allows easy access to the vehicle while adding the convenience of starting & stopping the engine at the press of a button. The all-new V-Cross is equipped with a host of safety features including the seat-belt with pre-tensioners & load limiter, speed sensitive auto door lock, co-driver seat belt reminder, HSA (Hill Start Assist) and HDC (Hill Descent Control), offering the best driving experience on or off-road. Other features on the inside include an updated 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity support and second row USB ports among others.
The current 2.5-litre diesel engine will continue to power the beast. This engine churns out a maximum power of 134 PS along with a peak torque of 320 Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. However, a new 1.9-litre diesel engine that is BSVI emission norms compliant will be launched at a later date, most probably next year. This engine churns out a maximum power of 164 PS along with a peak torque of 360 Nm and will get both a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission.