Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Review
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Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Review

Car Tested: Isuzu D-Max V-Cross; Road Test No. 783

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 15.80 lakhs

The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is a car that you buy with your heart and it rewards you with its abilities and performance

When was the last time you did something for the first time? We all see and drive sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs and a variety of vehicles regularly but when it is time to test some unique vehicle, it always sets my pulse racing. I saw the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo and instantly got overwhelmed by its sheer size. The company then went on to launch it in the coming months and ever since I have been looking forward to driving this one. After driving the D-Max V-Cross extensively over the expressway, city traffic and some off-roading, I have mixed reactions about the car, but that one feeling which I have for this burly pick-up truck is that it is extremely loveable! Read on to find out how.

Motor Quest: The Isuzu D-Max was earlier available only as a commercial vehicle and hence a lot of potential buyers couldn’t really buy the car. However, The D-Max V-Cross is meant for private buyers only and Isuzu achieved this by lowering the payload rating of the car.

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The D-Max V-Cross is all about butch styling

Exteriors – It takes some time to register the fact that the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is literally huge in its dimensions and the loading bay at the rear is pretty large. What I really like about this car is the fact that even though it is a utility vehicle, it still comes with many sophisticated touches. The front fascia gets a prominent chrome grille with a large Isuzu logo. It is flanked by projector headlamps while the bumper gets circular fog lamps. The side profile is rather simple and the length of the car is pretty much evident by now. The alloy wheels have a simplistic design. The rear is again pretty minimalist. The tail lamps are large and there’s huge Isuzu sticker on the rear lid.

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I don’t think any other car can beat its road presence!

The D-Max V-Cross is a looker and it appears huge on our roads

Our test car came with a huge dose of chrome which is thankfully optional. From certain angles, the D-Max V-Cross does look a bit under-tyred. The best part about this car is that even though it is a pick-up truck, it doesn’t look or feel like a commercial vehicle and there’s a good appeal and character which the car carries. The large loading bay can be opened via a huge handle on the boot lid and when you do so, you realise how heavy the lid actually is. Talking about the headlamps, the projectors have decent throw though I would have personally preferred fog lamps a size larger. Isuzu offers a lot of customisation options for the car and accessories are aplenty so you can make your car exclusive. Another point worth mentioning is the sheer road presence that this car has. People just move out of your way and a lot of curious on-lookers keep glancing at the car.