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New Isuzu D-Max X-Rider – South African pricing and launch date

Isuzu is bringing the D-Max X-Rider nameplate back to South Africa to broaden the appeal of its 1.9-litre double cabs.

While the X-Rider’s market launch is only scheduled for February, our sources at Duoporta have confirmed there will be three variants of the newcomer on offer covering 4×2 and 4×4 specifications, as well as automatic and manual transmissions.

The entry-level 4×2 manual will retail for R640,500, the mid-range 4×2 automatic for R659,200, and the pinnacle 4×4 automatic for R740,700 – each accompanied by a 5-year/120,000km warranty, 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/120,000km roadside assistance.

X-Rider specs

The new D-Max X-Rider is focused on style with the addition of all-round LED lights, a gloss black grille with red “Isuzu” lettering, “X-Rider” badging on the doors and tailgate, a black “Isuzu” tailgate decal, dark grey roof rails, unique 18-inch alloy wheels with red “Isuzu” lettering on black centre caps, and black accents on the door handles, B-pillars, side-mirror covers, tailgate handle, and curved sports bar.

A more limited selection of four exterior paints is also available, these being Islay Gray, Mercury Silver (from April 2024), Red Spinel, and Splash White.

The cosmetic touches continue inside the cabin, taking the form of leather seats paired with red contrast stitching and embroidered “X” logos, PVC leather door trims with red needlework, a red divider between the glove compartment and dashboard, and red accents in the door materials, gearshift boot, and park-brake sheath.

The X-Riders are the only D-Max variants to feature dark interior surfaces with a matching headliner, too, and they are completed with special-edition rubber floormats.

Based on the D-Max 1.9Ddi LS, each X-Rider is then fitted with keyless entry, a 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi compatibility, and a rear USB port.

Safety and assistance systems encompass seven airbags, as well as cruise control, rear park assist sensors, a reverse camera, ABS with brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control, hill-start and descent assist, and trailer sway control.

The double cabs shift their weight exclusively through Isuzu’s 1.9-litre, turbo-diesel motor that generates 110kW and 350Nm.

The power unit can be combined with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and buyers have a choice between a rear-wheel drive or shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system both offering a rear differential lock.

Fuel consumption for the 1.9-litre D-Max ranges between 7.3-7.6l/100km, and each variant supports a one-tonne payload capacity and a maximum 2,100kg towing potential.

Isuzu D-Max X-Rider

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