Japanese car manufacturer Isuzu has been present in the Indian market for quite some time. Their most popular SUV or pickup truck V-Cross and other models were all due for the current BS6 emission norms. All these models were discontinued from the market as they were not compliant with current emission norms. The long wait is finally coming to an end as Isuzu has announced official for the launch of 2021 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, full size SUV MU-X and Hi-Lander. Isuzu will be launching these SUVs in the market on 10th of May, 2021. Isuzu recently announced the date and time of the launch on their website.
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is currently one of the most popular lifestyle pick-up trucks in India. Several other manufacturers have tried and failed in this segment but, V-cross managed to get hold of buyers attention by offering a butch looking SUV. Isuzu had launched an all-new version of V-Cross in the international market and it is not the version that is coming to India. We would be simply getting the same version that was available in the market till last year. The engine on this version will be tweaked to meet the current emission norms.
In terms of engine, the D-Max V-Cross will see a change. The SUV was earlier available with a 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine. This will not be available anymore. V-cross will be available in just two variants – Z and Z prestige and both will be powered by a 1.9 litre diesel engine that generates 163 Ps and 360 Nm of peak torque. This 13 Ps and 10 Nm more than the older BS4 version.
Isuzu will be offering 4WD system with the top-end Z Prestige trim only. Both the versions will be available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Isuzu is also expected to launch a Hi-Lander in the market. Hi-Lander is basically a specced-down version of V-Cross. it will be powered by the same 1.9 litre engine and will get a manual gearbox. It will be available with a 2WD format only. It is expected to be priced below the regular V-Cross.
Isuzu will be offering V-Cross with LED projector headlamps, keyless entry, automatic climate control, 7.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system, parking camera, dual airbags and ABS as standard. Apart from these features, the top-end Z Prestige variant will offer 4 more airbags, ESC, traction control, shift on the fly 4WD system, electrically adjustable driver seat and cruise control.
Isuzu will also be launching the BS6 version of the MU-X SUV. Just like the V-Cross, MU-X is also likely to remain the same as before. The only change here would the engine. Earlier version of the SUV was powered by a 3.0 litre diesel engine. There is a possibility that a BS6 version of the same engine might be available with the SUV. There are also reports that, it might get the 1.9 litre diesel engine from V-Cross. Lower variants will get 2WD whereas higher version will come with 4WD. With all these changes, the prices for both V-Cross and the MU-X and expected to go up.