2020 Isuzu D-Max X-Rider 3.0TD lifestyle
Chances are that if you are reading this, the bakkie on sale today is vastly different from the one that you grew up with. There is no denying that the double-cab bakkie has become one of our countries most desirable vehicles. The bakkie, as we call it, has gone from workhorse to luxury car in a very short period. The Isuzu X-Rider 3.0TD offers a blend of everyday practicality and tried and tested durability, and here are some reasons why it should be on your list.
The X-Rider nameplate, which was first introduced in South Africa as a limited edition model in 2016, has been a great success. Visual details on the D-Max 3.0 X-Rider include a bold black front bumper guard, projector headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, as well as front fog lamps, black roof rails, a black sports bar with a red X-Rider logo, black running boards, black tailgate handle with a reverse camera and a 3.5-tonne towbar.
This D-Max X-Rider rolls on 255/60R18 All Terrain Tyres from General Tyres with 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels as standard. Customers can also opt for all-black 18-inch alloy wheels at no extra cost. Isuzu offers the D-Max 3.0 X-Rider in 3 colours, including Summit White, Switchblade Silver, and Pull Me Over Red.
Moving inside, the D-MAX cabin gets the X-Rider treatment with standard black leather seats featuring red stitching on the bolsters and the “X-Rider” logo embroidered on the headrest. Red stitching is also used for the leather-trimmed steering wheel, which has a red Isuzu badge. Piano black trim on the vents, radio, and front console give the cabin a modern and sophisticated touch, with the same treatment used on the door trim inserts that incorporate a red “X” in keeping with the theme.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free calling is available as standard.
The X-Rider Black has a high level of active and passive safety features, which include Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake-Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger airbags, and Side-Impact Protection Bars.
The Isuzu bakkie range comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty, and a five-year/90 000 km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km/12 months. Extended cover can be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans, and Maintenance Plans.
While the 3.0 TD X-Rider is not available as a 4x4 model – just yet – it does offer impressive 4x2 skills. Isuzu claims a ground clearance of 220 mm. The standard fitment of a rear diff-lock will be appreciated by many, as will the engine sump- and transfer case guards. The D-Max also offers a segment-competitive 3 500kg towing capacity (braked) and a 945kg payload rating.
The 3-litre X-Rider has an imposing presence on the road with a rugged and sporty look which sets it apart from regular D-MAX models. This new offering answers the call of many customers who like the X-Rider look but want the benefit of the added pulling power of the more powerful four-cylinder three-litre engine.