The Japanese automobile manufacturer Isuzu forayed into the Indian car market with the pickup lifestyle truck, the D-Max. Isuzu couldn’t really make any inroads with the D-Max in the Indian automobile market.
Now, Isuzu is staging a comeback with the new version of the D-Max, named the V-Cross.
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This is a very LARGE car. Probably one of the largest four wheelers in the country. The front gets a large chrome grill with the Isuzu logo and high set bumper with scuff plates underneath. The side profile is very long with flared wheel arches and high shoulder line. The chrome accents on the door levers look a little loud for the car. The car gets 16-inch alloy wheels standard. The big metal bar footboards look like an afterthought. The car has 4X4 decals on both the sides towards the rear quarter clamoring the intended purpose of the car. Loading bay is large and open. The car exudes a go-anywhere capability in the design.
The dashboard is a mix of black and beige designed on a function over form theme. There is ample legroom at both front as well as the rear. The car gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and telephony capability. However, Isuzu gave Sat-Nav a miss on this car. Steering mounted controls and MID are standard. The car also doesn’t get parking sensors, which is a must for a car of this size. The interiors are well laid out for an off-roader, with a fine balance of utility and comfort.
Engine and Performance
The car is powered by a longitudinally mounted 2.5 Liter Turbo diesel engine which generates 134 bhp power and 320 Nm of torque. Not impressive figures for a 2 ton plus truck. However, oodles of torque right from the lower ranges of revv range gives the car enough grunt to tackle the toughest of terrains. The clutch is light in action. The car has a top speed of 190 kmph and it breaches the 100 kmph mark in 15.6 seconds, impressive for a 2 ton plus off-roader.
Handling and Comfort
The car is built on a traditional ladder chassis, with double wishbone independent suspension at the front and long span leaf spring suspension at the rear. Leaf springs at the rear means the ride is fairly bouncy, however, aids in handling the rough terrains. The suspensions have got pretty good travel for tackling off-road. The car has a fair amount of body roll while attacking corners, though not alarming. The steering is surprisingly light. The car has pretty good straight line stability.
The car is priced at Rs 12.9 Lacs (Ex-Showroom Delhi). For that money, it is a Value For Money proposition.
This is one SUV we Indians always wanted. It is a true blue SUV which you can take to tackle toughest of the terrains. The D-Max looks butch and goes like a brute. Isuzu has styled it well, priced it well and it just climbs at any road you point it to. It has a great balance of luxury, comfort, utility and fun. Looking for an SUV, do a test mud plunge in the V-Cross.