2019 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is expected to get a new 1.9-litre BSVI compliant diesel engine making 150 hp and 350 Nm torque
Isuzu introduced its D-Max V-Cross in the domestic market in May 2016 and after more than a two-year run, it is receiving a facelift during the course of next year. The Japanese manufacturer does not have a wide range of portfolio in India as it has in several Southeast Asian markets but it’s trying to build on the current vehicles by being relatively new to India.
The first signs of Isuzu preparing to launch the updated D-Max V-Cross comes courtesy of the set of spy images caught a few days ago. However, before its arrival, Isuzu will be debuting a new MU-X to firmly rival Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and upcoming Mahindra XUV700 on October 16.
The 2019 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross pickup entering India can already be found in international markets with upgraded exterior and interior alongside mechanical revisions. On the outside, the new D-Max V-Cross features a reworked front fascia with tweaked grille and bumper section.
Earlier this year, Isuzu added a new ‘High’ range-topping variant with more features such as tail lamps with new LED graphics, fog lamps replacing LED DRLs, chrome finished rear bumper, and revised tailgate. The global facelift unveiled in November 2017 is being brought in with all its glory finally this time around.
It will receive bigger 18-inch wheels, while electronic aids like Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Traction Control will be carried over. We can expect big changes on the inside too as the larger nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with various connectivity options could replace the standard seven-inch unit.
The instrument cluster and seat upholstery will also be updated as well. The new pickup will continue to use a multi-functional steering wheel with audio controls, USB, DVD, AUX, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and electro-luminescent meters with MID (Multi Information Display) and six-way power adjustable driver seat.
As in the Thailand-spec version, it could get a 1.9-litre VGS turbocharged diesel engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The engine is expected to be BSVI compliant upon arrival and it produces 150 horsepower and 350 Nm of maximum torque.
The existing 2.5-litre high-pressure CRDI (Common Rail Fuel Injection Diesel) unit putting out 134 hp and 320 Nm of peak torque between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm could be shelved. It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission and features 4WD (shift-on-fly) drive mode. Currently priced between Rs. 14.82 lakh and Rs. 16.31 lakh (ex-showroom), the updated D-Max could gain a slight price increase due to the impending changes.