2499cc 4 Cylinder, Common Rail, VGS Turbo
5 Speed Manual
134hp/ 3600 rpm
320 Nm @
Front: Double wishbone, coil spring
Rear: Leaf Spring
Front: Ventilated Disc with Twin Pot Caliper
245/70 R16 ? radia, tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity
5295 x 1860 x 1840
Hydraulic Power Assist with Tilt Adjustment
Cargo Deck Inner (LxWxH) (mm)
1485 x 1530 x 465
Rs. 12.79 (ex showroom
We were the first in the country to review this magnificent 4X4 off
roader a few months back at the Isuzu Motors’ new plant in SriCity in Andhra
Pradesh. But then the drive was limited to a spin around the semi-built test
track of the company. Immediately thereafter the Supreme Court played
spoilsport and banned cars with diesel engine capacities of more than 2000cc to
be sold in Delhi NCR. That meant we had to wait for a long, long time for this
vehicle to be made available in New Delhi. Finally when it was, the queue among
journalists waiting to drive this vehicle was so long that we had just a few
hours for ourselves with this SUV.
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Adventure Utility Vehicle could probably
redefine the way we buy our cars in the country. It’s an outright bold machine
with an out and out macho appeal. The V-Cross comes out as a very practical and
driver friendly vehicle. Built on a ladder chassis, with double wishbone
independent front wheel suspension and long span rear leaf suspension, the
V-Cross has all the comforts of a passenger vehicle and the dynamism of a
rugged 4X4. The twin cabin styling along with a large cargo area makes it a
deadly combination of practicality and fun. You tend to admire it for its
rugged and muscular stance.
The vehicle may be huge in size with a wide track and long
wheelbase, but it’s got a low centre of gravity ensuring minimal body
roll. Adding to its good looks are the
skid plates with engine bottom guard and the vehicle sits on smart 16 inches
alloy wheels. The vehicle is aerodynamically shaped for low drag coefficient. It
also comes with large electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs with turn
signal indicators. The projector headlamps, the roof rails and chrome
highlights together enhance the styling of the vehicle. Not to miss are the 4X4 decals on the sides of
This twin cabin can seat at least four to five adults with great
comfort. It has a wrap around 6-way adjustable driver seat. The area around the
dash has a great look and feel about it. The vehicle comes with automatic AC
with fine particle pollen filter, a 7” touch screen audio system with USB
input, DVD, Aux, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.
There is a host of storage compartments and cup holders, flexible
rear seats-foldable with 60:40 split, tilt adjustable steering wheel with
controls for audio, while the electro-luminescent meters come with multi
information display. The chic interiors can give several of the luxury sedans a
run for their money.
As we took the vehicle to a nearby forest area we were greeted by rutted
paths. But the moment we changed the knob setting to 4H, the 4X4 genius came
alive and the tyres gathered the right traction to move ahead. It has a shift
on fly 4X4 feature that enables you to move to either 4H or 4L, depending on
the terrain and get back to 2WD when required so. The hydraulic power assisted
steering felt a lot tough but again I was not complaining, What’s life without
a bit of nudge here and there. With so much of electronics embedded in cars
these days, I feel that good old driving has lost its charm. But with the V-Cross,
you have none of that. There is a perfect balance between the modern and the
As we tossed the mammoth vehicle on the narrow track, we noticed
that the body roll was very minimal and the soft suspension gave the comfort of
a passenger car. The moment you step on the accelerator, the engine lunges
forward and the turbo kicks in pretty early.
All in all, the V-Cross is a vehicle that defines its own path. It’s
macho styling and definitely handsome looks, offer the perfect blend of
comfort, practicality and value for money. At around the Rs 13 lakh price, it’s
a 4X4 you cannot ignore at all. If only looks could kill…
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