The Hi-lander is the most affordable passenger pickup in Isuzu’s D-Max vertical. The company also updated its flagship SUV, the MU-X, to meet the stringent BS6 emission norms.
The Isuzu D-Max Hi-lander has been launched in India for the price of Rs 16.98 lakh (ex-showroom). The Hi-lander is a pickup based on the V-Cross but with a more affordable price tag. The Isuzu Hi-lander has been introduced for those who are looking for the convenience of a dual-cabin design with the utility of a flatbed in the rear.
Isuzu has managed to price the Hi-lander competitively by cutting a few corners in terms of features and offering the pickup with just one drivetrain. The Hi-lander is available in only one variant with a six-speed manual transmission and a rear-wheel-drive setup. The 4x4 and an option of an automatic drivetrain have been reserved for the brand’s V-Cross for now.
The Hi-lander gets the same BS6 1.9-litre diesel engine as the 2021 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. The power and torque figures are the same as well – 160bhp at 3,600rpm and 360Nm from 2,000 to 2,500rpm.
The features on offer are very limited. The Hi-lander gets a manual air-conditioning system, manual height-adjustable seats, 60:40 split seats at the back, and a halogen head-lamp assembly with no fog lamps. The wheels on offer are steel rims with wheel-caps. In the safety department, the Hi-lander comes with a dual-airbag setup in the front, ISO FIX child-seat mounts in the rear, ABS and EBS, and rear parking sensors.
Isuzu has also updated the MU-X, its flagship SUV, to meet the BS6 standards. The SUV has been launched in one variant but with two drivetrain options – 4x2 and 4x4. The 4X2 has been priced at Rs 33.23 lakh, while the 4x4 variant retails for Rs 35.19 lakh. All the prices are ex-showroom. Other than the BS6 compliant engine, the flagship SUV sports no substantial changes. The 2021 MU-X will continue to rival against the 2021 Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, and the Mahindra Alturas G4.