The success of the lifestyle pick-up truck segment in India can be single-handedly attributed to the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. Now the Japanese company has gone ahead and released a new facelifted model of their famous V-Cross in the Indian market. The prices for the best selling model from the company start at Rs. 15.51 lakhs, ex-showroom Mumbai (for the Standard Grade version) and go all the way up to Rs. 17.03 lakhs, ex-showroom Mumbai (for the High Grade Z version), the V-Cross will be available in only these two trims as of now. These prices are the same as the older model but are introductory for now and will be hiked in the coming times. The bookings for the lifestyle pick-up truck from the brand are already underway. The pick-up truck is currently being offered by the brand in a total of 7 shades -- Ruby Red, Titanium Silver, Obsidian Grey, Cosmic Black, Splash White, Sapphire Blue, and Silky Pearl White – out of which the last two are the new shades that have been launched with the facelifted models.
Talking of the changes on the exterior of the V-Cross, one finds that the front fascia of the pick-up is now more butch than before and somewhat resembles the MU-X SUV from the company. Other new addition to the front include a set of new Bi-LED headlamps and chrome surrounds on the fog lights. On the roof one can find the new sporty roof rails and a shark-fin antenna. Talking of the sides one can find a new side step-board on the V-Cross. The side profile of the new model of pick-up truck also includes blacked-out B pillar and new 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear one finds chrome rear bumper with embedded LED taillights.
Talking of the other features of the new model of the pick-up, one finds that the safety gear of the V-Cross has been updated and new features like the dual airbags, ABS+EBD, ISOFIX child seat hooks, rear parking sensors, HSA (hill-start Assist), HDC (hill-descent control), and speed alerts are now standard on the V-Cross.
Moving on to the interiors of the new facelifted Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, the biggest noticeable change here is the presence of an all-black interior setup that lend the cabin of the pick-up a fresh look. This should be a welcome change as the older beige-brown interior was not all that appealing to the eyes. The interiors also sport a 3D Design Electroluminescent Meter and a Gear Shift Indicator in the instrument console. The presence of a USB charging port on the second row is a nifty addition. Also the 7.0-inch infotainment touch screen comes with USB input, DVD, AUX, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. The new model of the pick-up also gets a feature called PESS (Passive Entry & Start-Stop System), which allows easy access to the vehicle while adding the convenience of starting & stopping the engine at the press of a button.
As far as the mechanicals of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross are concerned, there is no change here as the pick-up still comes with a 2.5L diesel engine rated to deliver 134 PS and 320 Nm. This engine comes paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There are reports that the Japanese maker will also bring out an all new 1.9L BS-VI compliant diesel engine that will deliver 164 PS and 360 Nm. This engine will come with the option of a 6 speed manual as well as automatic gearbox. However, this will only come out in the coming months.