Isuzu has given the D-Max V-Cross a mid-cycle update, making it a bit more sophisticated. So, what’s it like to live with in the urban jungle?
There’s no denying that the D-Max V-Cross stands out on our roads as an object of admiring glances. Such is its appeal that it found takers not only in off-road enthusiasts – who enjoy a spot of weekend off-roading every now and then – but also in those who just want a butch vehicle.
It seems that Isuzu has been carefully observing the market and, consequently, introduced the new top-end Z variant of the D-Max V-Cross. This new Z variant actually has some very handy new features, which substantially improve the comfort and convenience quotient of the car.
What makes it more comfortable?
To begin with, the D-Max V-Cross Z gets new and brighter LED projector headlamps and a much-needed reverse camera, which is quite helpful considering its rather long length. My only issue is the surprising lack of rear parking sensors, which, considering the sheer scale of this machine, should be absolutely mandatory.
That apart, to make your life more convenient, the driver’s seat is now electrically adjustable. Also, there are a host of new electronic driver aids, such as hill hold assist, hill descent control, and traction and stability control.
The new Z variant has also undergone some changes in terms of design. It now has new 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a slightly redesigned front bumper, blacked-out B-pillars, a shark fin radio aerial, new LED tail lamps, and chrome embellishments on the rear bumper. Inside, the cabin now has an all-black layout, along with new leather upholstery.
Does it drive the same?
In short, yes! The D-Max V-Cross continues to be powered by the same 2.5-litre turbo-diesel mill as before, which is not a bad thing. Now, considering its sheer size, diesel engine, and manual gearbox, the V-Cross has a surprisingly light clutch, and the gear throws don’t require much effort either. All this combined with brilliant off-boost power delivery makes the V-Cross fairly easy to drive in stop-start traffic.
However, it has short gear ratios, which means frequent gear changes in traffic – something that can be a bit of a problem for some. But, to address that concern, Isuzu has recently introduced an automatic variant of the V-Cross as well – this is powered by a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel that produces 148bhp and 350Nm of torque.
Drivetrain aside, there is also the issue of a choppy ride for rear-seat occupants – a result of the load-lugging leaf spring rear suspension setup. But that’s only to be expected from a pick-up truck, just like the high NVH levels inside the cabin. Now, you can’t have a pick-up truck with low NVH levels – that just wouldn’t be right, would it?
There’s no doubt that the V-Cross was designed and built purely as a functional machine. And it serves that purpose very well in every sense of the term. But, I must say that with these few creature comforts thrown in, it also functions surprisingly well in urban conditions. Of course, in the city, you would be better off with the automatic. At any rate, if you’re looking for the ultimate masculine style statement, the D-Max V-Cross is impossible to beat – at any price point.
- Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
Engine: 2,499cc / 4-Cylinders / 16 Valves / DOHC / Turbocharged
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual / Four-Wheel Drive
Power: 132bhp @ 3,600rpm
Torque: 320Nm @ 1,800-2,800rpm
Price: ₹ 19.06 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
X-factor: It’s aggressive, butch, stands out on the road, and is now that little bit easier to live with on a daily basis.
• Road presence
• Easier to live with
• Still no rear parking sensors
• Basic infotainment system
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