One of the most successful lifestyle pickup vehicles in the Indian market is all set to make a comeback in the BS6 avatar. But this time it could be offered in more affordable lower variants
Isuzu India has given out a teaser regarding the launch of its D-Max V-Cross, but this time in the BS6 avatar. Initially (2016), the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross was launched with a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine. Sometime in September 2019, Isuzu updated the engine to a smaller 1.9-litre turbo diesel unit that offered improved power and torque output - 148Bhp and 350Nm of torque. And the updated model was offered exclusively with a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and continued the 4x4 drivetrain.
This time around, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross could be offered with the same 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine, but tuned to meet the stringent BS6 norms. The pickup could also be offered with an automatic transmission as before - but this time, Isuzu could also offer a lower 4x2 variant for buyers looking for the convenience of a flatbed and minimum off-road capability. And a possibility of a manual transmission in the lower variants cannot be ruled out to keep the price in check.
The feature list is largely expected to be the same as before. But adhering to stricter BS6 norms, new prices are likely to increase with the newer model. The ex-showroom cost could range between Rs 17-21 lakh.
At the moment, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross does not have a rival in the Indian market and dominates a niche market position. The Mahindra Thar can not be considered a direct rival to the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross as the Indian off-roader is offered in a three-door body style and sits substantially lower in terms of pricing. However, Mahindra Thar five-door, which is rumoured to be in the works, could be considered a strong contender against the D-Max V-Cross.