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Isuzu SA adds heavy-hitting diesel to D-MAX range

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu’s X-Rider bakkies have, the automaker says, become established in its D-MAX range with the 2.5 HO diesel engine but now the brand has added a special edition D-MAX 3.0 TD X-Rider double cab a/t.

Dominic Rimmer from ISuzu’s technical services told The Corner in a media release: “The X-Rider brand, introduced in South Africa as a limited edition in 2016, has been a great success. So far we’ve only offered the X-Rider as a midranger and with a 100kW 2.5 litre engine.

NEW FROM ISUZU: Diesel engine, more power, for D-MAX special. Image: Isuzu

“However, based on the X-Rider’s popularity, it made sense to include our most powerful engine: the three-litre X-Rider has an imposing presence which sets it apart from other D-MAX models.”

The 3.0 X-Rider a/t has an Isuzu four-cylinder 130kW turbo diesel engine to spin a six-speed auto gearbox with maximum power arriving at only 3600rpm; maximum torque, 380Nm, lasts from 1800-2800rpm.

Standard are black roof rails, black sport bar bearing a red X-Rider logo, black running-boards; 20cm multifunction touchscreen/radio receiver, black tailgate re;lease and reversing camera, and a 3.5-ton rated towball.


The seats are wrapped in a mix of leather and cloth with red stitching; the shell comes in a choice of three colours: white, silver or red.

The whole shebang rides on conventional 18” alloy rims shod with all-terrain tyres; black alloys are a free option.

Image: Isuzu


The 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider a/t slots below the standard 3.0 a/t LX which retails at R515 478*, the 3.0 X-Rider R58 000 more than the 250 HO Double cab X-Rider a/t which retails for R421 043, which, Isuzu says, ”is great news for customers who like the X-Rider look but want the benefit of the added pulling power of the more powerful three litre engine.

Prices for the special edition D-MAX 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider a/t starts at R479 217.

The three mid-range X-Rider derivatives continue in the D-MAX range. The prices:

D-MAX 250 HO Double Cab X-Rider – R405 652
D-MAX 250 HO Double Cab X-Rider a/t – R421 043
D-MAX 250 HO Double Cab X-Rider 4×4 – R451 478
*All prices ex-VAT

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