Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross

Overview of the car

Utility

Manual

Diesel

10 Mileage

76 Litres

2 AirBags

5 Seater

3 Years / 1,00,000 kms

Performance Metrics
160

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
0

N/A

0-100 kph
6.3

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
2499 cc
Max Power
134 bhp
Torque
32.6 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
3095 mm
Ground Clearance
225 mm
Bootspace
N/A
Turning Circle
6.3 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone, Coil Spring
Rear Suspension
Soft Ride, Leaf Spring
Steering Type
Hydraulic Power Assist
Tyres
Front: 245/70 R16
Rear: 245/70 R16
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc With Twin Pot Caliper
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The leaf-springs at the back make the ride very bouncy when the rear deck is empty. However, with some load and good roads, the ride becomes much better. Body roll is also minimal compared to the other cars in this segment and it tackles bad roads very well.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The diesel motor is super smooth getting off the line and builds revs so effortlessly. The clutch is relatively light, the gearlever is taller but easy to slot in but the hydraulically assisted steering feels heavy in city limits. It's also a smart looking truck with great build quality, and given its strong reputation overseas, it's bound to handle its duties well.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Capable Off-road, On-road manners, Comfy Ride, Torque-y Engine

What you won’t like?

Ponderous in Traffic, Basic Interior

TorqueX Says

As Pick-Ups in India Go, It is the Best Value Proposition

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Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross Review, Road Test

Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross

What is it?

The Isuzu V-Cross is a typical ladder-frame pick-up truck that’s equipped with four-wheel drive. Few cars command as much attention as this enormous pick-up truck, which towers over hatchbacks, sedans and the modern crop of compact SUVs; and with a length longer than a Mercedes S-class, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is simply massive in terms of dimensions. With the facelift, it got new bi-beam LED headlamps with DRLs, a massive chrome grill, and some chrome inserts around the fog lamps. While the Isuzu now sits on larger 18-inch alloys, there’s still no hiding the massive gaps in the wheel arches. Other new bits on the sides include a new step and there’s a shark-fin antenna on the roof. At the rear, the tail-lamps get some LED elements, and the cargo-gate is slapped with several badges, massive ISUZU lettering, and a chunky chrome bumper, making the rear appear a bit too busy. As before, the cargo area, which boasts of a load carrying capacity of 235-kilos, remains uncovered and the bed cladding is in lined plastic.

What is it like inside?

The insides are where most of the changes have been made. For starters, the interiors are now all-black, which go well with its outdoorsy character, and unlike the earlier beige interiors, these won’t show stains as easily. There are many premium touches like some soft-touch bits on the dashboard fascia and over the hood of the instrument cluster. The seats wear new brown leatherette upholstery, which feels nice. However, the faux carbon-fibre pattern might not be to everyone’s taste. Both the front seats are large and comfy to be in, and the driver’s seat also gets electric adjustment.The cabin still retains a very practical design with several storage areas, and all the buttons and switches are large, and have a very solid, long-lasting feel to them. The touchscreen, although basic (misses out on Android Auto or Apple CarPlay), works well and the sensitivity is rather good. There are multiple charging provisions too – three USB slots and two 12V sockets. Getting into the rear (like the front) is a bit of a trek however, space here is generous. The seat is a bit low-set and backrest a bit upright, still passengers will be comfortable over long journeys (minus the bumpy ride, but more on that later).

In terms of equipment, this range-topping Z Prestige variant gets cruise control, six airbags, ESP, traction control, hill-descent control, hill-start assist, a reverse camera, a new MID, keyless entry and go, which are all among the notable additions.

What is it like to drive?

The talking point here is the all-new 1,898cc, four-cylinder diesel engine producing 150hp and 350Nm of torque, which is 16hp and 30Nm more than the larger 2.5-litre diesel that’s available on the lower variants. Curiously, at a time when all manufacturers are readying their engines to meet BS6 norms, this new 1.9-litre engine is only BS4-compliant. What Isuzu buyers will appreciate is that the core characteristic of this engine is very similar to the bigger capacity unit; if anything this one feels a bit smoother. The bottom-end is almost as nice as the 2.5’s, and once the turbo is at full boost, around 2,000rpm, performance feels strong. Its power band is narrow and by the time the engine spins to 3,200rpm, power begins to taper off. From thereon there’s more noise than movement until the motor hits its 4,200rpm redline. However, this isn’t a truck you’d want to hustle and max out the revs. Because of its strong mid-range the V-Cross diesel-automatic feels like an effortless cruiser. This 1.9-ton truck sprints from 0-100kph in a respectable 13.22 seconds.Mated to this engine is an all-new 6-speed automatic (a torque converter unit), which brings some much needed convenience while pottering around town. It works well and does its job rather smoothly, However, put your foot down and there is quite a pause before downshifting. What’s nice is that there’s a manual mode, and those who take it off-the-road will particularly appreciate the fact that it holds on to gears in this mode – it will only downshift automatically if the revs fall too low. A peculiar behavior is that while cruising at steady speeds, lift-off the throttle and the revs fall to idling rpm as the vehicle coasts, thus making the cabin extremely silent – get back on the throttle and the revs shoot up a bit more than usual as the power gushes in. Overall, this motor is quite refined but it does get clattery when under load, which means there’s no hiding from the fact that there’s a big diesel mill under the bonnet.

The D-Max V-Cross gets massive 255/60 tyres, which iron out road imperfections and smaller potholes. Despite riding on 18-inch wheels, it even filters road shocks from the larger bumps. What’s really nice is that this pick-up truck exudes an air of indestructibility from behind the wheel, and not once will it flinch while traversing the worst of road surfaces; even in places where roads don’t exist. The V-Cross is typically rear-wheel drive however, it gets 4-high and 4-low modes as well to tackle some tricky situations and reach places where few SUVs can. This isn’t a direct replacement for a hardcore off-roader like the Mahindra Thar, as its large rear overhang hampers its departure angle. If the cargo bed is empty, the rear wheels often struggle for traction in off-road scenarios. In terms of ride quality, there’s plenty of movement in the cabin at all speeds. It feels rather bouncy, especially at the rear when the cargo bed isn’t loaded up. While the D-Max V-Cross uses a hydraulic steering, it isn’t as direct or sharp as some of the monocoque SUVs – this one feels heavy at low speeds and because of its large turning circle, it is a bit ponderous to drive. On the flipside, its heft infuses confidence in the driver at highway speeds.

Should I buy one?

The V-Cross is a tough-as-nails four-wheel drive pick-up truck that can take you to places few other SUVs can; and it ranks quite high when it comes to utility and capability. The inclusion of an automatic transmission and other parking aids has made this large truck a lot easier to live with than before. Still it isn’t ideal as a daily driver due to its massive size, heavy steering and large turning circle. Then, at Rs 19.99 lakh, this truck is very expensive, especially when you take into account its launch price in 2016 – it cost over Rs 7 lakh less than what it does today. Still, there’s a lot more on offer now with new features, a new engine and new automatic transmission, and to really stand-out from the crowd, it’s a price you won’t mind paying.

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (2)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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