Pickup trucks are all the rage today. So much so that people who go out in the market for a crossover that is also good for off-road trips end up buying a pickup truck. With the segment reaching new heights across the planet, how come India is lagging? Slowly and steadily, the interest of the Indian masses towards these multi-utility vehicles is increasing, and the sales in the segment are on the rise as well. And, to cater to the demand and serve the Indian masses with the best & the latest features & tech, Isuzu has introduced the V-Cross in the Indian market. So, what makes the Isuzu V-Cross one of the better offerings? Let's discuss.
On the outside
Isuzu says, "Some things are born to attract attention. And make heads turn", and we'd agree with that. While the Isuzu V-Cross comes based on the automaker's ever so popular D-Max pickup truck, the former gets its unique identity courtesy of the special V-Cross badging. However, the V-Cross badging is just the tip of the iceberg. The Isuzu V-Cross comes flaunting a pair of BI-LED headlamps with built-in LED DRLs. Then there is a bold two-tier chrome grille that provides the pickup truck with a modern and attracting stance. The fog lamps on the V-Cross reside in their respective housings with chrome bezels on the corners of the front bumper. Moving on to the side profile of the Isuzu V-Cross, there are 18-inch diamond-cut alloys which not only enhance handling capabilities but also up the muscular quotient of the pickup. Other elements that make sure that the V-Cross is noticing on the roads are the roof-rails, shark fin antenna, side-steps, and decently designed LED taillamps.
On the inside
Yes, we know that the Isuzu V-Cross is a pickup truck. However, you forget that as soon as you get inside the V-Cross. Isuzu has made sure that the V-Cross is filled with features & tech to the brim. For starters, there is an all-new 3D design electroluminescent instrument cluster that displays all the necessary readings and warnings including speed, rpm, fuel economy, range, distance travelled, and much more. For utmost comfort and refreshing experience, Isuzu has installed brown leather seats and all-black cabin inside the V-Cross. Moreover, various piano-black accents, 3 USB ports (centre console, entertainment system & 2nd row floor console), powered windows, 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, push-button start/stop, steering mounted audio & cruise controls, automatic climate control with its stylish circular control panel, and other features further enhance the riding experience of both the driver and the occupants. Yes, there is also a feature-laden infotainment system with a great sounding stereo setup that comes with live surround roof speakers.
Following the discussion about the outside and inside of the pickup, let's talk a bit about the mechanical stuff that is available on the Isuzu V-Cross. Powering the Isuzu V-Cross are two different engines. The first one is a BS-IV compliant 1898cc four-cylinder common-rail VGS turbocharged & inter-cooled diesel engine that serves the pickup with 150 PS of maximum power at 3,600 rpm and a peak torque of 350 Nm from 1800 to 2600 revs. Then there is the BS-IV compliant 2499cc four-cylinder common-rail VGS turbocharged & inter-cooled diesel engine. While the latter mill packs a larger capacity, the power figures stand lower at 134 hp of maximum power at 3,600 rpm and a peak torque of 320 Nm from 1800 to 2600 revs. There two transmission options available - a six-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. Irrespective of the engines and gearboxes, all the variants of the Isuzu V-Cross come equipped with Shift-on-the-fly 4WD system. The suspension setup on the Isuzu V-Cross comprises of an independent double-wishbone with coil springs at the front and soft ride leaf springs at the rear. At last, ventilated discs with twin pot callipers at the front and conventional drums take care of the braking duties on the pickup truck. Handling setup incorporates a hydraulically powered steering unit with tilt adjustment.
In case you are not already impressed with the Isuzu V-Cross, the safety equipment onboard will make sure that your next pickup is none other than the V-Cross itself. To begin with, the Isuzu V-Cross gets six SRS airbags (front, side & curtains). Moreover, the likes of the Brake Override System (BOS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Pre-tensioners with Load Limiters for Front Seat Belts, Driver & Passenger Seat Belt Warning, ESC WITH TCS, and a rearview camera further enhance the safety quotient of the Isuzu V-Cross. Last but not least, the robust Impact Absorbing Chassis serves exceptional impact energy absorption for occupant protection in the event of both the frontal and lateral impact scenarios.
So, that was all about the features and tech offered by Isuzu on the V-Cross in the Indian market. How did you like the pickup truck? Does the package hold enough to become your first or next pickup truck? Well, with a price tag that ranges from Rs 15.51 lakh to 17.03 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), we bet it does.