ISUZU Motors South Africa is launching the new D-MAX X-RIDER – the latest iteration of the exciting X-RIDER series that has been popular with South African customers since it debuted in 2016.
The front gains a sleek black gloss grille once again adorned with bold red ‘ISUZU’ lettering, which continues the distinctive theme that was started with the original X-RIDER model. LED headlamps, LED fog lamps come standard ensuring optimal visibility, day or night.
X-RIDER badges are featured on both front doors and the tailgate to reinforce its exclusive status, complemented by a black ISUZU tailgate decals. LED lighting is also used at the rear lights. Stylish black accents on the door handles, B-pillars, side-mirror covers, tailgate handle and curved sports bar behind the cab emphasize the X-RIDER’s dynamic aesthetics. In addition to enhancing the overall silhouette, the dark grey roof rails serve a practical purpose, accommodating roof racks if needed. 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, featuring red ‘ISUZU’ lettering on black centre caps are unique to the X-Rider. D-MAX X-RIDER is available in four striking colours, comprising Splash White, Mercury Silver (from April 2024), Red Spinel and Islay Gray.
Subtle red accents throughout the cabin emphasise the X-RIDER’s unique personality. red divider resplendent with the ‘X’ logo is positioned between the glove compartment and dashboard, further lifting the dynamic ambience, complemented by a leather-wrapped, red-stitched steering wheel featuring a red ISUZU badge. All 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.
The leather seats are given sporty flair with red contrast stitching and embroidered red ‘X’ logos on the headrests, the bold interior is finished off with PVC leather door trims with red stitching.
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 that underscores the vehicle’s distinctiveness.
Setting it apart from other D-MAX models, the cabin features dark interior surfaces and a dark headliner, with unique X-RIDER floor mats completing the exclusive look.
The X-Rider comes only with ISUZU’s frugal 1.9-litre Ddi engine. The intercooled turbodiesel unit delivers a maximum 110 kW of power at 3 600 r/min and peak torque of 350 Nm from 1 800 to 2 600 r/min. Power from the 1.9 Ddi engine is dispatched to the wheels through two transmission options: a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Customers have the option of the manual or automatic transmissions on the 4×2 version, while the 4×4 model is equipped with the six-speed automatic as standard. The X-RIDER incorporates an impressive set of standard safety features, including driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.
The X-RIDER range consists of three models, all in LS trim grade and available only in double-cab configuration. The 1.9 Ddi D/Cab HR X-RIDER LS (six-speed manual), while the HR X-RIDER LS AT and 4×4 X-RIDER LS AT come equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing will be announced later however, a five-year/90 000 km service plan is included in the purchase price, with service intervals scheduled every 15 000 km or annually, whichever comes first.
Through ISUZU Mobility, customers have the option of extending the standard service plan up to a maximum of six years or 200 000 km. Alternatively, the service plan can be upgraded to a full maintenance plan that covers the vehicle for planned and unplanned maintenance up to six years/200 000 km.