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Isuzu expands D-Max range with X-Rider models

Isuzu D-Max now available with additional X-Rider flair

By on 20 Mar 2024

The X-Rider nameplate, first launched in 2026, is making a comeback on the latest generation D-Max as Isuzu expands their double cab bakkie offering to once again include X-Rider models.

Based on the seventh-generation D-Max range, the new X-Rider embodies the standout character, bold design and distinctive features that have made this model popular amongst South African bakkie owners

The original X-Rider was celebrated for its distinctive design elements and upscale features and the all-new X-Rider takes this legacy to new heights.

The new X-Rider is tailor made for customers wanting a double cab with distinctive looks, heightened refinement, notable safety and comfort features, along with unwavering performance and reliability. Style and image hold significance but accessibility is a top priority and where the X-Rider excels.

The distinctive styling of the X-Rider also represents a value for money proposition as it is based on the mid-range 1.9 Ddi LS models with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions in 4x2 form as well as 4x4 automatic derivatives.

Unique X-Rider equipment

The assertive character of the X-Rider is characterised by a sleek black gloss grille decorated with red ISUZU script.

X-Rider badges have been added to both the front doors and tailgate and are complemented by a black ISUZU tailgate decal. LED headlamps, fog lamps and taillamps enhance the upmarket appearance while ensuring optimal visibility.

Stylish black accents adorn the door handles, B-pillars, side-mirror covers, tailgate handle and curved sports bar behind the cab. Dark grey roof rails serve a practical purpose, allowing for the fitment of rooftop accessories if desired.

Stylish 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels incorporating red ISUZU lettering on black centre caps round off the exterior enhancements. A towbar is standard fitment and features a 2.1-ton tow rating.

The Isuzu D-Max X-Rider is available exclusively in four striking colours including Splash White, Mercury Silver, Red Spinel and Islay Gray.

Interior improvements

Subtle red accents throughout the cabin emphasise the X-Rider’s unique personality including red contrast stitching and embroidered red X logos on the headrests of the leather seats. PVC leather door trims with red stitching round off the interior.

A striking red divider that features the ‘X’ logo is positioned between the glove compartment and dashboard, complimented by a leather-wrapped, red-stitched steering wheel incorporating a red Isuzu badge.

Additional red accents, such as elements in the door materials, red stitching on the gearshift boot and park brake covering as well as dark interior surfaces, a dark headliner and unique X-Rider floor mats all contribute to the overall theme of the X-Rider’s interior.

Under the bonnet

The 1.9-litre Ddi four-cylinder diesel engine is well known for its frugal fuel economy. The intercooled turbodiesel unit offers 110kW at 3 600rpm and 350Nm from 1 800rpm. This engine can be paired to two transmission options including a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Customers have the option of a manual or automatic transmission on the 4x2 version, while the 4x4 model is equipped with the six-speed automatic exclusively.

A high level of standard equipment

An impressive array of standard safety features includes driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

Active safety features include ABS brakes, Electronic Brakeforce distribution, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Trailer Sway Control.

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

Model range and pricing

The Isuzu D-Max X-Rider range comprises of three models, all in LS trim and double cab configuration. The 1.9 Ddi double 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.

All X-Rider models are sold with a five-year/120 000km warranty and roadside assistance and a five-year/90 000km service plan.

Isuzu 1.9 X-Rider 1.9 4x2 R640 500
Isuzu 1.9 X-Rider automatic R659 200
Isuzu 1.9 X-Rider 4x4 automatic R740 700

Credit: Reuben van Niekerk

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