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The D-Max V-Cross is a must buy if you’re looking for a unique lifestyle vehicle

Verdict – The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is a love-it or hate-it vehicle. There are quite a few things that are loveable and the go-anywhere ability is a huge benefit for those who love touring. The pick-up is well-equipped to be able to be a daily driver and the only things going against it are the ride, length and service network. While the ride is definitely livable with, Isuzu certainly needs to up its ante and increase the sales and service network in India. The D-Max V-Cross, at this price point, does make for a really good car to own and drive and the tons of customisation options make sure your car is one of a kind on our roads.

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Isuzu offers quite a lot of customisation options

What’s Cool

* Unbeatable road presence, cars make way for you
* Tons of customisation options available for owners
* Interiors are decently spacious
* Shift-on-Fly 4WD system is a boon
* Excellent for highway cruising, brilliant stability

What’s Not So Cool

* Misses out on features like standard audio system, auto dimming IRVM
* Not everyone fancies the bouncy ride

Alternatives: Tata Xenon XT

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You fall in love with the car, but it does have some flaws too

Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Specifications

* Engine: 2499cc, DOHC, 16V, 4-cylinder
* Power: 134 HP @ 3600 RPM
* Torque: 320 Nm @ 1800 RPM
* Transmission: 5-speed MT
* Fuel Consumption: 13.26 km/l (ARAI-claimed), 9-11 km/l (real world)
* Fuel Type: Diesel
* Suspension: Independent Double Wishbone, Coil Spring (Front), Leaf Spring (Rear)
* Tyres: 245/70/16
* Brakes: Discs (Front), Drum (Rear), ABS
* Safety: Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD

Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 5295 mm X 1860 mm X 1840 mm
* Wheelbase: 3095 mm
* Ground clearance: 225 mm
* Turning radius: 6.3-metres
* Kerb Weight – 1905 kgs
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 76-litres

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The pick-up truck market in India has very few options

Testers’ Note:

“The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross really caught my attention at the 2016 Auto Expo with its massive dimensions and when I drove it, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It’s not a car for everybody but for those looking for a lifestyle vehicle. That said, this Japanese pick-up truck makes for a great alternative to the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari with its reliable mechanicals.” – Faisal Khan, Editor, MotorBeam.
“Everyone at MotorBeam knows I was longing to drive the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and I was delighted when I finally got to drive it. While I’m not disappointed with the car, I felt the ride quality to be a bit of a let down. Otherwise, I got used to the length quickly and enjoyed every moment of driving it. Don’t be surprised if you see one in the garage soon!” – Parth Gohil, Senior Road Tester, MotorBeam.