BS6 version of the popular and only lifestyle pickup truck in the country is on the brink of launching in India. Isuzu D-Max has been spied testing several times now and this time around we have an almost completely undisguised image of it. The pickup truck has been missing from our market ever since the implementation of BS6 norms and we have been waiting for the next-gen D-Max since then. However, it seems like Isuzu might not bring that to India and instead, we might get the BS6 engine updated model from the last generation itself. That is a bit disappointing since Isuzu had launched the new D-Max in the international markets last year. It also received a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. But we will have to make do with what we have. D-Max has already gathered some fan following among the off-roading community for being an extremely capable off-roading machine and there are plenty of customers who are waiting for the launch of the D-Max excitingly. Let us see what to expect from the updated 2021 Isuzu D-Max.
2021 Isuzu D-Max – Expected Exteriors
As is clearly visible in the images, there are not many changes to the exterior of the D-Max as compared to the outgoing model. Being a lifestyle pick-up truck, and one of a kind in India for now, it boasts of unique styling and design elements. The sheer size of it is very imposing and renders a bold road presence. At a massive 5.3m in length and over 3m wheelbase, you will not have a tough time if you’re seated in the backseat. The bigger 18-inch alloys are high-profile tyres that will ensure your riding comfort during those off-road trips, for which the Isuzu V-Cross is built. There are thick chrome inserts on the front grille along with chrome inserts on the fog lamp. All this will see a minor update in the upcoming model as well.
2021 Isuzu D-Max – Expected Interiors, Features and Safety
There were a few spy shots of the interior of the Isuzu D-Max recently which did tell us a bit about the cabin features. The list of the interior design elements as wee as the features is also likely to remain the same with a few updates. Features like Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with smartphone connectivity, Steering-mounted Controls, Digital Instrument Cluster, Electrically Adjustable Driver Seat and many such features. On the safety front, we expect features like Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, Traction Control, 4×4 drive system and much more.
2021 Isuzu D-Max – Expected Engines and Prices
The Isuzu V-Cross might come with a BS6 compliant 1.9-litre diesel engine, making 148hp and 350Nm, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This model will feature in the higher-spec trim of the V-Cross. The lower variants might get the same 2.5-litre diesel engine, which produces 134hp and 320Nm with a 6-speed manual gearbox option. Because of being BS6 compliant, these power and torque figures might see a slight decrease. Presumably, every model will come with 4WD as standard. The expected prices might be a bit higher than the last-gen model, i.e., between Rs 17 lakh and Rs 21 lakh, ex-showroom. Being a hardcore off-roader, the only direct rival might well be the Mahindra Thar.
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