2021 BS6 Compliant Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Launched in India
Isuzu India has launched the BS6-compliant D-Max Pick-up in the country with prices starting from Rs. 16,98,000 (ex-showroom, Tamil Nadu). It’s important to note that the V-Cross launched on 10th May 2021 is not the new-generation model that debuted abroad in 2019, but the same version of the pickup truck that had been on sale in the country till before the BS6 norms came into effect. The D-Max Pick-up is offered in 4 variants including the D-Max Hi-Lander (Rs 16.98 lakh), D-Max V-Cross Z 2WD AT (Rs 19.98 lakh), D-Max V-Cross Z 4WD MT (Rs 20.98 lakh) and D-Max V-Cross Z Prestige 4WD AT (Rs 24.49 lakh). Since well before the BS6 emission standards came into effect in April 2020, the manufacturer had no vehicles on sale in India, as the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its launch plans. The D-Max and S-Cab commercial models were relaunched in BS6 guise a few months ago, and now, the company has finally reintroduced BS6 versions of its V-Cross pickup and MU-X Sports Utility Vehicle lines, with both models getting a handful of updates.
2021 BS6 Compliant Isuzu D-Max V-Cross: Features
In terms of features, the top-spec variant gets 6 safety airbags, dual-projector LED headlights, LED DRLs, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted controls, electronically adjustable front seats, cruise control, push-button start, shift-on-fly four-wheel-drive, dual-tone leather upholstery, automatic climate control, 8-speaker audio system with roof-mounted speakers, a reverse camera, hill descent control, hill start assist and electronic stability control. The low-spec variant Hi-Lander, on the other hand, is more basic in terms of equipment, and misses out on the touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, and also gets only dual front airbags and smaller, 16-inch wheels with full wheel covers.
2021 BS6 Compliant Isuzu D-Max V-Cross: Powertrain
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is powered by a 1.9-litre, BS6-compliant turbocharged diesel engine producing 163 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The low-spec variant – Hi-Lander is available only with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and in two-wheel-drive form only. The V-Cross variant, on the other hand, is also available with a 6-speed automatic option, as well as a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system.
The 2021 D-Max V-Cross range does not have a direct rival in the market but it does compete with the Mahindra Thar for its potent off-roading abilities.