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Isuzu Motors discontinued their passenger vehicle lineup in India, post the BS6-emission regulations being implemented. While the company did update its commercial vehicle lineup with the D-Max S-Cab & Regular-Cab, its PV segment still doesn't have any BS6 models on sale in India.
This, however, is set to change very soon as the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross BS6 SUV has been spotted testing in India ahead of its launch. Spy pics revealed by CarDekho, showcase the test mule of the upcoming D-Max V-Cross BS6 SUV undergoing testing on Indian streets ahead of its arrival in the market.
The spy pics also reveal a partially camouflaged version of the D-Max V-Cross. This indicates that the upcoming SUV could carry forward the same design and styling elements as its BS4 version, with little to no changes.
We expect the engine to be the only significantly updated component in the new BS6 V-Cross SUV. The spy pics showcase the test mule wearing a 'Ddi' badge, referring to the SUV's 1.9-litre diesel engine.
The 1.9-litre engine will receive the BS6 emission update, however, it is expected to carry forward the same power and torque figures as before. The BS4-iteration of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross SUV produced 132bhp and 320Nm of peak torque and was paired with a five-speed manual.
The BS4 D-Max V-Cross also came with a larger 2.5-litre diesel unit. This produces 148bhp and 350Nm of torque and was mated to a six-speed automatic. However, reports suggest that this engine might be discontinued, with the V-Cross BS6 receiving a single-engine option going forward, in the form of the 1.9-litre unit. Having said that, the updated Ddi engine is now expected to receive a six-speed manual as optional.
Apart from the updated engine, Isuzu could also take the opportunity to add a host of features and safety equipment on the D-Max V-Cross. This includes a large touchscreen, engine start/stop button, automatic climate control, dual airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, LED lighting all around and many more.
Thoughts On The BS6 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Spied Testing In India
The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross BS6 SUV once launched in India is expected to come with a slight hike in prices, compared to its BS4-iteration. We expect it to be in the range of around Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom. The lifestyle pick-up doesn't have a direct rival in the Indian market.