The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is the latest, affordable lifestyle pickup truck sold in the country. A bunch of 4X4 enthusiasts have already bought a few, and some have even begun modifying the pickup truck. Many say that the D-Max V-Cross is a better bet than the likes of Scorpios, Safaris, and for that matter even the XUV. In some ways, it indeed is. Here’s how.
Mega street presence
The D-Max V-Cross is B-I-G. If you’re looking at a sub-15 lakh rupee vehicle that can tower over everything else on the road, this is it. And the best part about the V-Cross is that it looks quite classy despite its humongous proportions.
People owning Fortuners and Endeavour won’t think twice before jumping into the V-Cross and making it their daily drive. Yes, this pickup truck has the ‘lifestyle vehicle’ looks. Talking dimensions, the V-Cross is more than half a meter longer than the Scorpio and wider too. It has a larger footprint than both the Safari Storme and XUV500 as well.
At Rs. 14.3 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, the D-Max V-Cross is great value-for-money. You even get ABS, twin airbags and a four wheel drive transfer case as standard for this kind of money. Now, a Scorpio 4X4 in similar spec will cost you about Rs. 16 lakh rupees, and the Storme 4X4 is also priced similar, at Rs. 15.92 lakh . At the kind of money Isuzu is asking for a CKD assembled lifestyle pickup truck, the D-Max V-Cross is a great bargain.
Powerful diesel that really moves
134 Bhp-320 Nm is what the 2.5 litre turbo diesel motor on the V-Cross makes. Don’t be fooled by the numbers though. This massive beast can move, and move very quick. 0-100 Kph comes up in about 12 seconds. This one can show sedans a clean pair of heels. Top speed? How about 175 Kph. Well, the D-Max V-Cross is India’s fastest pick up truck, one that can shame many 7 seat SUVs.
What’s power and torque without control? Well, the D-Max range of pick up trucks have always been well regarded for their excellent dynamics at higher speeds. The V-Cross is no different. Despite its large dimensions, the V-Cross is easy to maneuver at lower speeds. At higher speeds, ride and handling is the best sorted among all pickup trucks in India. Why, even SUVs such as the Scorpio and Safari don’t handle as well.
The D-Max V-Cross has been around for a while in South East Asian markets. It’s been customized extensively in these countries, making it expedition ready. Such parts are now readily available to Indian buyers of the D-Max V-Cross. The same kind of parts ecosystem doesn’t exist for the likes of the Scorpio Getaway or Tata Xenon, or other SUVs too. This makes it one of the best Expedition-ready SUV of the country.