Isuzu is finally updating its pickup – the D-Max V-Cross – to meet the BS6 emission standards. While the company is a little late to join the BS6 bandwagon, Isuzu has a trick up its sleeve, and it's called the Hi-Lander.
After a few teasers, Isuzu India has finally confirmed that the BS6 D-Max V-Cross will be launched in India on May 10, 2021. Isuzu further added that the D-Max vertical will also see an introduction of the new Hi-Lander model, which is already on sale in the international markets.
The teaser image of the D-Max Hi-Lander showcases a few bits of the upcoming pickup, such as the grille and headlamp assembly. The Hi-Lander in the teasers is equipped with a halogen reflector headlamp unit instead of a projector headlamp and a grille without the chrome surrounds. Also, one can notice the absence of roof rails. These bits confirm that the Hi-Lander will be the lower variant, which will be positioned below the V-Cross in the Indian market.
The teaser image of the V-Cross exhibits more details of the upcoming pickup. Elements such as the chrome grille, chrome surround around the foglamp, alloy wheels, stepping board, chrome mirror covers, brushed aluminium roof rails, and rollover sports bar finished in chrome indicate that the V-Cross will be a higher model in the D-max hierarchy. These aforementioned features were already observed on the BS4 2019 model, and Isuzu is also likely to add a few more interior features and creature comforts in the BS6 2021 model.
Picture of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross sold in the international market for reference. The India spec will largely look the same.
The interior is likely to get minor tweaks, and the multi-media system is expected to be updated as well. A touch-operated screen, which is likely to offer smartphone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple Carplay, is expected as well.
The engine on offer will be the same 1.9-litre diesel unit, however, in the BS6 avatar. Some internet reports suggest that apart from making the engine BS6 compliant, Isuzu has also tuned it to churn out almost 5 to 6 per cent more power. The Hi-Lander is expected with a manual transmission; however, the V-Cross is likely to continue with its six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Like before, a 4x4 drivetrain will be a standard offering for the V-Cross; however, the Hi-lander is expected to be offered with a 4x2 rear-wheel-drive system.
More details on the pricing, features, variant breakups, and specifications of the upcoming pickup trucks will be released on May 10, 2021. So, stay tuned to this space.