Following other automakers in the country, Isuzu India has announced that it will be hiking its prices from January 2021. Just as with others, the Japanese automaker cited rising input (and distribution) costs as the reason behind the hike. Of course, this was bound to happen, and it will be repeated by several other companies as well. Isuzu mentioned that come January, prices will go up by Rs 10,000. However, only two of its models will be affected for now – the D-Max Regular Cab and D-Max S-Cab. This leaves two of its other models untouched, including the D-Max V-Cross pickup truck and MU-X SUV.
The revised BS6-compliant Isuzu D-Max models were launched just a couple of months ago. Their introductory prices range between Rs 7.84 lakh to Rs 8.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the entry-level and top variants, respectively. The D-Max Regular Cab is offered in three separate variants – High-Ride, Cab-Chassis, and Super Strong. Meanwhile, the D-Max S-Cab version comes in two varieties – Standard Ride and High-Ride. While these are still commercial pickup trucks, Isuzu has injected some extra style into the new D-Max. The changes made to the exterior of this BS6-compliant model bring in a new grille and headlamp design, plus a revised bumper and hood.
In the cabin, the Isuzu D-Max gains a few goodies as well. There is a new Multi-Information Display (MID) in the gauge cluster, which now also gets a gear-shift indicator. Furthermore, the seats have been improved for increased comfort and are now upholstered in better-quality fabric. All D-Max variants also come as standard with a sliding front passenger seat and height-adjustable seatbelts. Customers can now choose the all-new Galena Grey color on the D-Max, while Splash White and Titanium Silver are the other options. The Isuzu D-Max Regular Cab and D-Max S-Cab now come as standard with Brake Override System (BOS) to improve safety. This system essentially cuts engine power if the brake and accelerator pedals are pinned simultaneously.
Under the hood, the BS6-compliant D-Max models come equipped with Isuzu’s reworked 4JA1 diesel engine with a Variable Geometric Turbocharger (VGT). It is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit that develops 78hp and 176Nm of maximum torque. Meanwhile, transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Given their solid reliability record and nearly bullet-proof durability, the Isuzu D-Max has been a popular choice in the commercial segment all over the globe. And I doubt the minor hike in its price will change any of that in India anytime soon.