Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross

  • Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross
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₹ 17.28 Lakhs

On-Road Price, Mumbai

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 diesel sets new standards for efficiency, while the petrol motor packs a strong enough punch to appease enthusiasts too.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The all-new, feature-packed interiors and shockingly spacious back seat havent just raised the bar, they have catapulted it out of reach of its competition.

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

This is the Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck, the company's second offering for India. It's far from the first pick-up in the market, but it is the first one from an international carmaker – all the others in this segment so far have either been Tatas or Mahindras. Isuzu believes pick-ups are well suited to our market, and not only in rural parts, but for a small number of city-based buyers as well.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two kinds of D-Max on sale at the moment. The silver one in the pictures is the 'flat deck' – the more basic model with few creature comforts, even fewer styling flourishes, and as the name suggests, a completely flat deck or bed at the back for better storage. This is a pure utility vehicle, so we're going to focus on the blue truck – the D-Max 'arched deck' – which is aimed at the lifestyle buyer as well.

It's got external garnishes like a chrome grille (styled to look like a lion's teeth, incidentally) and wing mirrors, body-coloured bumpers and door handles, and a cargo area that's fully integrated with the rest of the body. It looks handsome, if not quite as butch as a Tata Xenon XT, and the classic pick-up proportions are there. We wish Isuzu would have given it the option of alloy wheels or at least full wheel covers; hub caps on steel wheels are standard. There will be an accessories catalogue later on, we're told.

The arched deck version is available only as a 'space cab', which means that while there are only two seats in the passenger compartment, there is a generous area behind them to store stuff you might need access to on the go; or stuff you don't want to leave in the exposed cargo area behind. It's too small to fit any seats in this space, but the thin cushioning on the back wall of the cab suggests that Isuzu knows people will sit here anyway, much like the middle front 'seat' in the Datsun Go.

Though not as basic as the one in the flat deck version, the cabin still doesn't have a lot of frills. The basic dash design is shared with the MU-7 SUV, but it's all black and grey plastic, rather than faux wood and silver trim, and in place of the touchscreen, there is a single-DIN Kenwood audio system. It has to be said, however, that the quality in this cabin is fantastic for the segment, with fit and finish that surpasses its local competition. The plastics feel hard wearing, but at the same time aren't rough around the edges. There are bottle holders in the doors and two cup-holders in the centre console, but neither is large enough to properly fulfil its purpose. There are proper-sized cupholders in a console against the back wall of the cab, but reaching them is a stretch.

This version gets power windows, central locking, steering rake adjust, air-conditioning, and a day-night rear-view mirror. You have to adjust the wing mirrors by hand though, there's no ABS or airbags, and no seat height adjustment either. However, the driving position is really good; not ridiculously high up, but enough to see where the bonnet ends, even if you're not too tall. The fabric seats are a touch firm, but supportive and comfy on a long drive.

Isuzu knows that its name is synonymous with diesel engines in India, and so the D-Max's 2.5-litre, four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine features prominently in the promotional material. Its 134bhp and 29.97kgm feel more than sufficient to haul a potential gross weight of 2,850kg, should you find yourself loading it up to its limit. More in tune with Indian sensibilities, however, the D-Max is claimed to be capable of over 1,000km on a single, 76-litre tank of diesel.

The engine roars to life and is still fairly audible at idle. It sounds a bit listless initially, but then smoothens out in the mid-range. The turbo lag lasts until about 2,100rpm and then the boost comes in quite cleanly. However, this being a pick-up, first and second gears are frustratingly short, but it's all in the interest of getting all your heavy cargo moving more easily from a standstill. Gears three to five are quite flexible, and with nothing weighing the deck down, overtaking in the D-Max was pretty effortless. The gearbox is a touch notchy, but nothing out of the ordinary for this segment. However, you do need to slip the clutch a bit when setting off, or else it is quite easy to stall.

Now, like any load-lugger worth its payload, the D-Max has leaf-spring rear suspension. And like just about every pick-up truck around, when the rear deck is empty, the ride is very bouncy as the unladen rear end skips over every little bump. And unlike the Xenon XT and even the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway, the Isuzu has a smaller, two-seat cab, which means an even stronger frontward weight bias. If the road is smooth, however, it does just fine, and high-speed stability in such conditions is good too. Because the centre of gravity is lower than in an equivalent SUV, it doesn't roll as much in the corners, but of course, it's a UV, not a sportscar.

With these two flavours of D-Max, Isuzu aims to tackle both the entry-level end of the pick-up spectrum against the likes of the Bolero, and the more lifestyle-oriented space occupied by the Xenon XT. When it comes to the latter, it hasn't quite got all its bases covered though. The ride may be the norm for commercial duties, but it won't go down so well with the businessman who wants a third car to use at his farmhouse. The same goes for the cabin and equipment; it's no luxury SUV, but a little bit of colour and some more creature comforts would not go amiss. The biggest problem, by far, is that the D-Max must be registered as a commercial vehicle, and therefore you need a CV license to drive it. It's a smart looking truck with a solid engine and great build quality, and given its strong reputation overseas, it's bound to handle utility duties well too. At Rs 7.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) this arched cab version also undercuts its main rivals, the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway and Tata Xenon XT by a significant margin. But while it might be a hit with goods carriers, having to get an all-new license just to drive one is a big deterrent for private buyers.

 

 

Fact File

 

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price (Delhi) Rs 5.99-7.09 lakh

Engine

Fuel Diesel
Installation Front, longitudinal
Type 2499cc, four-cylinder, turbo diesel
Power 134bhp at 3600rpm
Torque 29.97kgm at 1800-3200rpm

Transmission

Type Rear-wheel drive
Gearbox Five-speed manual

Dimensions

Length 5030mm
Width 1720mm
Height 1655mm
Wheel base 3050mm
Boot volume 1585 litres
Ground clearance 195mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 1650kg
Wheels 15-inch, steel
Tyres 215/70 R15
Spare Full-size

Suspension

Front Independent, coil spring
Rear Non-independent, leaf springs

Steering

Type Power assisted

Brakes

Front Ventilated discs
Rear Drums
Anti-lock No

Economy

Tank size 76 litres
 
 
 
 

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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