Isuzu India could bring back the V-Cross to life with a new name along with a new vertical in the D-Max pickup range called the Hi-Lander
Isuzu India’s website confirms that the manufacturer is gearing up to launch the V-Cross and the Hi-Lander in the Indian market. The Hi-Lander could be the new lower variant of the BS6 compliant D-Max V-Cross. The D-Max V-Cross was on sale in the Indian market in 2019 but was discontinued in 2020 when the BS6 emission norms were implemented in the country.
The Isuzu Hi-Lander could be offered with a 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine. The Isuzu could continue with a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox for the higher variant, while its lower variants might get a manual transmission as standard. It's rumoured that Isuzu could offer 4x2 variants of the Hi-Lander for buyers who are looking for a larger cargo space without the 4x4 system. This will give Isuzu a chance to price the new pickup vehicle competitively.
Interestingly, there exists a next-generation V-Cross in the international market. The new-gen pickup gets an all-new platform and a larger, more powerful engine. The 2021 V-Cross is wider and longer, and it gets improved ground clearance and water fording capacity. The approach, departure, and break-over angles have also been improved in the new-generation V-Cross. The cabin gets additional creature comforts as well. It is very unlikely that the Isuzu will launch the next generation of the D-Max V-Cross in the Indian market. Expect the launch to take place in the end of April, 2021.