Almost every Isuzu V-Cross pick up sold in India is customized to varying degrees. Why, Isuzu officially offers a range of accessories for its lifestyle pick up truck, which is the best seller in its fledgling segment. Here’s a V-Cross that’s been modified extensively enough for us to call it India’s ‘best modified’ Isuzu.
Let’s start with the stance. This V-Cross will tower over almost every other SUV on Indian roads courtesy the 33 inch Cooper ST all terrain tyres with a super aggressive tread pattern, and the 1.5 inch lift kit it’s sitting on. The fenders have also been modified to accommodate the massive tyres.
The front end now looks absolutely menacing with a meaty Ironman front bumper with bull guard and a skid plate. KC Hilites fog lamps and a 12,000 pound Warn winch are the other major details on the bumper. This V-Cross also gets a fully functional snorkel for water wading.
Other significant go-anywhere chops include ARB differential lockers, rock sliders, under-body protection and an off-road ready rear bumper. Spotting lamps, a spare tyre and traction boards are mounted on the roof while the load bed holds a couple of jerry cans to store additional fuel.
Under the hood, nothing’s changed. The V-Cross is powered by a 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine that makes 136 Bhp-320 Nm. There are plenty of remaps available for this engine, some of which boost torque to over 400 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard. The pick up truck gets a shift-on-the-fly 4 wheel drive system with low and high ranges.
The V-Cross is highly versatile vehicle, fit for family use with seating for 5, and also for use as a weekend expedition/off road SUV. However, downsides include a cramped rear seat, a bouncy ride while not loaded, expensive parts and and questionable after sales service.
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