Customised Isuzu D-Max V-Cross christened as The Big Black Bad features ECU performance remapping, elevated suspension and massive wheels from Autopsyche
Isuzu publicly revealed the D-Max V-Cross pick-up truck for the first time at the Auto Expo 2016 before the prices came into existence a few months later. Endorsed as the first-ever Adventure Utility Vehicle, the dual-purpose life style pickups are an entirely new territory for the Japanese manufacturer which enjoys phenomenal success in the South East Asian markets’ utility segments.
It opened a new manufacturing facility in Sri City Andhra Pradesh earlier this year after parting ways with Hindustan Motors’ Chennai production factory by investing a total sum of over Rs. 3,000 crore. The company plans to expands its operations throughout the country as 160 dealership networks are expected by 2020 with increase in annual production rate from 50,000 initially to 1,20,000 units.
With Isuzu putting all the puzzles in place, having a unique product line-up is a blessing in disguise as it cannot immediately compete in the mass segments. But the rarity does bring a few gems like the MU-X which is expected to arrive in the near future. It is likely to fight for spotlight against the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner in the premium SUV space.
Another gem is the already launched D-Max V-Cross which has been modified by a New Delhi-based tuning company called Autopsyche. The stock car is by nature a menacing looking vehicle with its bigger wheels, torquier mechanical underpinnings, larger bodywork and an imposing stance that will leave the heads turned when it races past you!
Christened as The Big Black Bad, the customised V-Cross has raised suspension thanks to the Iron 4×4 2 inch Lift Kit, Pete’s Performance ECU Remap, OEM Decklid & Accessories, MT tyres shod on 16x10j Off-road Wheels, etc. The nearly two-tonne weight will be compensated by the remapping as we expect the power and torque figures to have improved by a certain amount. The black paint job, decals, restyled bumper and body kit do add to the aggressive posture.
The standard Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is built on Isuzu Gravity Response Intelligent Platform and gets powered by a 2-5-litre high-pressure CRDI (Common Rail Fuel Injection Diesel) engine pumping out 134 hp and 320 Nm of peak torque delivered between 1800 and 2800 rpm. The diesel mill is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission and features off-roading features such as 4WD (shift-on-fly) drive mode.