The ‘X’ factor is returning to the Isuzu D-Max range with the latest version of the X-Rider range that will comprise three models, all in LS trim grade and available only in double-cab configuration.

The 1.9 Ddi D/Cab HR X-Rider LS features a six-speed manual transmission, while the HR X-Rider LS AT and 4x4 X-Rider LS AT come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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All come standard with cruise control, a 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi compatibility and a rear USB port. Additionally, rear park assist and a rear-view camera are included as standard features.

The X-Rider option has been a part of the Isuzu bakkie range since 2016 and this, the seventh generation, follows that tradition of being a limited-edition special-value model.

“The new D-Max X-Rider is all about image, style and capability, and is a great choice for discerning customers that want something special,” says Kevin Fouche, Department Executive: Product Planning and Programme Management at Isuzu Motors South Africa.

Setting it apart from its siblings is the front with a black gloss grille adorned with bold red ‘Isuzu’ lettering, which continues the distinctive theme that was started with the original X-Rider model, while X-Rider badges are featured on both front doors and the tailgate, complemented by a black Isuzu tailgate decal.

LED headlamps, LED fog lamps and LED taillamps also serve to enhance the upmarket appearance.

It rides on 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, featuring red ‘Isuzu’ lettering on black centre caps and a towbar is included as standard, with a 2,1-ton tow rating.

In keeping with its special status, the D-Max X-Rider is available in four striking colours, comprising Splash White, Mercury Silver (from April 2024), Red Spinel and Islay Gray. 

Inside, the leather seats get red contrast stitching and embroidered red ‘X’ logos on the headrests and the interior is finished off with PVC leather door trims with red stitching.

Power comes from Isuzu’s 1,9-litre Ddi engine that delivers a maximum 110 kW of power at 3 600 r/min and peak torque of 350 Nm from 1 800 r/min to 2 600 r/min.

Customers have the option of the manual or automatic transmissions on the 4x2 version, while the 4x4 model is equipped with the six-speed automatic as standard.

Standard safety features include driver and front passenger crash bags, front side bags, curtain bags and a driver’s knee bag.

Active safety features include anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Trailer Sway Control. 

All new Isuzu D-Max models are sold as standard with a comprehensive 5-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance, as well as a five-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.

Pricing will be announced at launch early next year.

Colin Windell – proudly ALL THINGS MOTORING

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