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Isuzu’s latest X-Rider breaks cover

Towards the end of 2023, Isuzu Motors South Africa announced that it was launching the all-new D-Max X-Rider – a nameplate that was first introduced locally in 2016c.

Back then it was a limited-edition special value derivative, but it was so popular with the buying public that it was integrated into the standard line-up a year later. That original model featured distinctive design elements and upscale features that made it a great choice for those with an adventurous lifestyle, and the newcomer is no different.

Based on the latest seventh-generation D-Max range – specifically the LS models – and produced in Isuzu’s Struandale plant in Gqeberha, the all-new X-Rider is all about image, style and capability. It features Isuzu’s familiar 1.9 Ddi engine and a choice of manual and automatic transmissions in 4×2 form, with the 4×4 exclusively available for an automatic gearbox.

Exterior styling elements

There are a bunch of features – mostly cosmetic – that set the X-Rider apart from the rest of the D-Max line-up.

Immediately noticeable is the black gloss grille and bold Isuzu lettering. Distinctive X-Rider badges adorn the front doors and the tailgate. LED headlamps, LED fog lamps and LED taillamps enhance the upmarket appearance, as do black accents on the door handles, B-pillars, side-mirror covers, tailgate handle and curved sports bar behind the cab. Dark grey roof rails are standard.

Also standard are 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a towbar with a 2.1-ton tow rating.

A comfortable cabin

Subtle red accents throughout the cabin emphasise the X-Rider’s unique personality. The leather seats have red contrast stitching and embroidered red logos on the headrests. Additional red accents, such as elements in the door materials, red stitching on gearshift boot and the park-brake sheath all contribute to a cohesive design. Unique X-Rider floor mats completing the exclusive look.

Under the bonnet

The X-Rider is powered by Isuzu’s frugal 1.9-litre Ddi engine, which delivers a maximum 110kW of power and peak torque of 350Nm. It is paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, finely tuned for swift gear changes and enhanced fuel efficiency.

The 4×4 model features a quick-engaging shift-on-the-fly 4×4 drive system.

The bells and whistles

Standard safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. ABS brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Trailer Sway Control are also part of the package.

All models come 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. Additionally, rear park assist, and a rear-view camera are included as standard features.

Model line-up & pricing

  • Isuzu 1.9 X-Rider: R640 500
  • Isuzu 1.9 X-Rider A/T: R659 200
  • Isuzu 1.9 X-Rider 4×4 A/T: R740 700

All X-Rider models are sold as standard with five-year/120 000km warranty and roadside assistance, as well as a five-year/unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan. Service intervals are scheduled every 15 000km or annually, whichever comes first.

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