The new-gen Isuzu D-Max V-Cross was launched in the Australian market. Let's how the new D-Max V-Cross compete against the old-gen model.
The recent success of the 2020 Mahindra Thar is a solid proof for Indian customers’ interest in lifestyle vehicles. While the lifestyle SUVs enjoy huge following, the pickup truck segment is less popular. In the pick-up space, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is considered the most successful. Along with the good styling, the D-Max V-Cross is also known for its excellent off-road capabilities, which has helped the vehicle capture the attention of car enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, due to the implementation of the new BSVI emission norms, Isuzu D-max V-Cross was discontinued. It was expected that the new BSVI version of the pickup truck would soon return and fill the void. However, as the automotive market has to suffer from the slowdown as a result of the global pandemic, the launch plan of the next-gen D-Max V-Cross was put on hold.
Recently, Isuzu has launched the D-Max Regular Cab and D-Max S-Cab under the BSVI avatar. The BSVI Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is expected to hit the market soon. Before the new-gen Isuzu D-Max V-Cross hits the market, you can check out the newest review of the international-spec new-gen V-Cross below:
2021 ISUZU D-MAX vs OLD - is it REALLY better? Dyno runs, Suspension pulled apart - Experts tell all
On the video uploaded by 4WD 24-7 Australian Youtube channel about lifestyle vehicles, the reviewer puts the old and the new-gen Isuzu D-Max V-Cross on a test to find out which version performs better in off-road conditions.
On the first part of the video, the two vehicles take a driving test on a slope. Both the old and the new model mange driving downhill test quite well. However, the older model struggles when it comes to driving uphill. The new model with the addition of rear lock differential clearly has an advantage over the old model in uphill climbing.
Afterwards, the old and new vehicles are sent to the dirt road testing. Thanks to the better suspension, the new V-Cross handles the tough roads with better composure. Once again, the win belongs to the new-gen Isuzu D-Max V-Cross.
As for the safety techs, the new Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is better equipped with more features including emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic monitor and more. Moreover, the new-gen model also offers a better and more comfortable interior with premium features.
Under the hood, the outgoing D-Max V-Cross in Australia market derives power from a 3.0-litre diesel engine which is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The D-Max V-Cross in India, on the other hand, was offered with two choices of engines, a 2.0-litre diesel and a 2.5-litre diesel unit.