Isuzu has been doing fairly well in India thanks to the D-Max V-Cross pick up truck. It has become a hot favorite among seasoned off roaders as it provides daily practicality along with off road prowess. That the company will be bringing a facelift of the car is something that is known since some time now. However, new spyshots of the car have surface now which give a glimpse of the upcoming new facelifted model. The spyshots have been captured in Chennai where it was undergoing road testing. The vehicle was wearing full camouflage and compared to the current model, sported a some changes.
Previously, some spyshots of the car had came out while it was being tested in Pune. Though the vehicle was heavily camouflaged, one can see the new wheel design which is quite attractive. However, it is not yet known that whether the new multispoke units are bigger in size than the current 17-inch stock alloys. Other changes expected on the car are a new updated front grille, new bumper, new headlamps among other minor changes. The interiors will also be updated and the lifestyle pick-up is expected to get a new dashboard, centre console and driver console when launched. The major aesthetic appeal of the V-Cross has been its sheer size and intimidating stance which will be maintained with the newest update.
The bigger change, however, is expected to be in the powertrain of the vehicle. According to a report by Zigwheels, the new D-Max V-Cross will be powered by a 1.9-litre diesel engine instead of the current 2.5-litre oil burner. The new 1,890cc engine churns out a good 150 PS of power and a peak torque of 350 Nm. In comparison, the current 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross produces a maximum of 138 PS and 320 Nm.
The new engine is also expected to be BSVI emission norms ready. Apart from the new engine, the company will also bring in a new transmission on the V-Cross facelift. This would be the 6-speed torque converter which Isuzu offers on the international version of the D-Max V-Cross. There would be a manual transmission option present as well. Also, it is not yet known whether the company will launch the 4X4 version with an automatic transmission in the Indian market.
As of now, the company does not offer an automatic transmission option with the D-Max V-Cross in the Indian market. This will be changed in the upcoming facelift as the demand for automatic boxes has been going up continuously. Almost all major manufacturers now offer automatic transmission option on their range of cars or are planning to to so. Expect the company to launch the V-Cross facelift by the mid of this year.