Isuzu has introduced a new D-Max X-Rider derivative in South Africa but this time in conjunction with the brand’s 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine!
The Isuzu D-Max X-Rider, which is a visually-enhanced version of the standard D-Max double cab bakkie, has proven to be a hit with local buyers. So much so in fact that Isuzu is now introducing the nameplate to its 3.0-litre D-Max.
The X-Rider nameplate was first introduced as a limited edition offering in 2016 and was previously only offered in conjunction with Isuzu’s 100 kW 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine. Isuzu is planning to introduce an all-new D-Max in 2020, so this may very well be the last addition to the current D-Max range.
"Based on the popularity of the X-Rider, we felt it would make sense to match this nameplate with our most powerful engine, while retaining the attributes which make the X-Rider so popular. The 3 litre X-Rider has an imposing presence on the road with a rugged and sporty look which sets it apart from regular D-MAX models" says Dominic Rimmer, Executive, Technical Services at Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA).
Visual details on the D-Max 3.0 X-Rider include black roof rails, a black sports bar with a red X-Rider logo, black running boards, black tailgate handle with a reverse camera and a 3.5 tonne towbar. This D-Max X-Rider rolls on 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels as standard and comes shod with all-terrain tyres. Customers can also opt for all-black 18-inch alloy wheels at no extra cost. Isuzu is offering the D-Max 3.0 X-Rider in 3 colours including Summit White, Switchblade Silver and Pull Me Over Red.
Moving inside, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is fitted and the seats are upholstered in black partial leather with red stitching.
In terms of engine outputs, the 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine under the bonnet produces 130 kW and 380 Nm and is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu D-Max X-Rider - Price in SA (excl. VAT)
D-MAX 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider Auto - R479 217
D-MAX 2.5 TD Double Cab X-Rider 4x4 - R451 478
D-MAX 2.5 TD Double Cab X-Rider Auto - R421 043
D-MAX 2.5 TD Double Cab X-Rider M/T - R405 652
The Isuzu D-MAx is sold with a 5-year/120 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan.