Facelift for the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Starting in Thailand
This version of the D-Max has been on the Market since 2012. Time to give him a facelift, just to catch up with competitors.
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross has been updated in Thailand, with the pick-up seeing improvements to its looks, equipment list and powertrain. The range-topping double-cab version of the D-Max competes against the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado High Country and Ford Ranger Wild Trak there.
Under the hood, the V-Cross retains the 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TCX four-cylinder turbodiesel, which develops 177 PS at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm at 1,800 to 2,800 rpm. Unlike the facelifted D-Max 1.9 Ddi, the larger mill here doesn’t get a six-speed manual, but retains its five-speed ‘box. However, it does get a new six-speed automatic, as well as an efficiency-related idling start/stop system.
On the exterior, the D-Max gets redesigned projector LED headlamps with LED DRLs similar to those found on its 1.9 Ddi brethren. Other new items include additional garnish elements on the bonnet and wheel arches, as well as a front bumper guard, cargo bed-liner and 18-inch six-spoke wheels.
As for the interior, the pick-up now comes with two-tone leather upholstery, new plastic trim, cruise control, two USB charging ports and a Kenwood entertainment system with navigation and the Isuzu Connect World app integrated into it.
Also new for V-Cross variants fitted with the five-speed manual is the Genius Sport Shift feature, which is part of the car’s multi-info display. The feature is already available on the D-Max 1.9 Ddi, indicating to the driver the pick-up’s currently selected gear, and when to change up.
On top-spec variants, the safety kit is bolstered by the addition of hill-hold assist on top of ESC and traction control (not available on lower variants), along with standard items such as dual front SRS airbags and ABS with EBD and BA.
The Isuzu is a strong pickup, but it’s 3 liters engine doesn’t deliver as much as other pick-up on the market, that have smaller engines… Still it a nice alternative.
Stay tune for our next post about the new small brother the 150 PS D-Max 1.9 Ddi, good power and torque and less fuel consumption.