The 2020 D-Max V-Cross gets 30mm longer wheelbase and a plethora of visual & featural updates.
A few days back, Isuzu (Thailand) had dropped teasers of its all-new 2020 D-Max pick-up range. While the official unveiling is scheduled for 19th October, Isuzu (Thailand) has already revealed the entire range on its website & YouTube channel. The updated model range consists of four D-Max models: V-Cross 4x4, Hi-Lander, Cab4 & Spacecab. But as the Indian market only gets the flagship V-Cross model, our focus will remain only on it.
Straight off the bat, the new D-Max V-Cross looks much more butch & aggressive, thanks to a reworked front fascia that consists of a bigger, single-piece grille extending all the way down to a new faux skid plate. The restyled bumper has been given sharper creases, while the LED foglamp inserts also house the turn indicators now. The skid plate & radiator grille are also cut by new plastic cladding, which runs over the front wheel arches. The headlamps are now Isuzu Vision Bi-LED units.
At the rear, the 2020 D-Max gets a more modern, integrated bumper design further enhanced by new LED taillights. The tailgate features a revised aerodynamic profile too. With the rear wheel arches covered by the new plastic cladding as well, the new D-Max also gets a significant aerodynamic upgrade, with a more sculpted bonnet and revised creases & body lines that are more subtle now. The new alloy wheels also get a dark gunmetal grey finish as standard.
The exterior changes aren't the only ones on the list. In fact, the 2020 D-Max V-Cross also gets a thoroughly reworked cabin & it practically looks completely new. The interior updates range from a new central 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity), a new steering wheel, new gear shifter, redesigned AC vents & new switchgear for the dual-zone climate control system. The instrument cluster also seems to feature a revised MID (Multi-Information Display). mm longer wheel
The new D-Max V-Cross also gets a modern makeover in terms of features, especially safety features. The new version now comes equipped with features like ESS (Engine Start-Stop), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), TCS (Traction Control System), HSA (HIll-Start Assist(, HDC (Hill-Descent Control), Blind-Spot Monitor, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Alert & rain-sensing wipers with water jet-integrated wiper blades.
In terms of powertrain options, Isuzu (Thailand) offers the same 1.9-litre diesel motor that recently made its debut in India on the D-Max V-Cross automatic. Other engine option includes the 3.0-litre diesel motor, with revised power & torque outputs (power up from 175bhp to 187bhp & torque up from 38Nm to 450Nm). Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual or automatic.
As of now, there is no confirmed word on whether Isuzu will launch the 2020 D-Max V-Cross in India. However, in this modern avatar, the D-Max V-Cross is likely to find a very strong customer base here.