Powerful new Isuzu D-Max X-Rider rolls into town

13 August 2020 - 07:49 By Phuti Mpyane
Isuzu D-Max X-Rider is now available in a more powerful 3.0 TD derivative. Picture: SUPPLIED
Isuzu D-Max X-Rider is now available in a more powerful 3.0 TD derivative. Picture: SUPPLIED

Isuzu X-Rider models were first introduced in 2016 as a nattier-looking limited edition double cab.

Aesthetic styling touches include black roof rails and sports bar with Red X-Rider logo, black running boards and tailgate with a black handle and X specific wheels. Inside is a 20.3cm multifunction colour touchscreen display with a reverse camera and bespoke interior styling.

Until now the X-Rider guise has been available exclusively in the D-Max 250 with the 100kW and 320Nm 2.5 turbo diesel engine.

Now the Japanese bakkie brand has announced another new X-Rider double cab derivative that’s powered by the company’s range topping 3.0l turbodiesel and powering the rear wheels only.   

"Based on the popularity of the X-Rider, we felt it would make sense to match this nameplate with our most powerful engine, while retaining the attributes which make the X-Rider so popular," says Dominic Rimmer, Executive, technical services at Isuzu Motors SA.

Red-detailing vamps up the X-Rider's interior. Picture: SUPPLIED
Red-detailing vamps up the X-Rider's interior. Picture: SUPPLIED

The 3.0 X-Rider is available purely in a six-speed automatic configuration with outputs of 130kW and 380Nm. It has a 3.5-ton towing capacity with a standard-fitment towbar and standard 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels on all-terrain rubber.

Just as in the X-Rider D-Max 250 the seats are covered in black partial leather with red stitching and the 3.0 TD X-Rider is available in three colours: Summit White, Switchblade Silver, and Pull Me Over Red.

The new 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider Automatic 4x2 is not a limited model and is priced at R551,100.


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