• X-Rider now available with 3-litre diesel engine and 6-speed automatic gearbox
PORT ELIZABETH – The X-Rider nameplate has fast established itself as a popular model within the Isuzu D-MAX line-up, offered with the 2.5 HO diesel engine. This year Isuzu is taking things further with the introduction of a special edition D-MAX 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider Automatic.

“The X-Rider nameplate, which was first introduced in South Africa as a limited edition model in 2016, has been a great success for us. Until now we have only offered the X-Rider as a midrange vehicle available with the 100 kW 2.5-litre engine,” says Dominic Rimmer, Executive, Technical Services at Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA).

“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. 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.”

The 3.0 X-Rider Automatic is powered by the familiar 4 cylinder 130 kW turbo diesel engine from Isuzu. Matched with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, max power output is reached at a low 3 600 rpm, with max torque of 380 Nm between 1800 and 2800 rpm.

X-Rider comes standard with black roof rails; black sports bar with Red X-Rider logo; black running boards; eight-inch AX2 Radio with multifunction colour touchscreen; black tailgate handle with rearview camera, and a 3.5-ton towbar. The seats are covered in black partial leather with red stitching. The 3.0 TD X-Rider is available in just three colours; Summit White, Switchblade Silver, Pull Me Over Red.

The vehicle rides on standard eighteen-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels on all-terrain tyres. Eighteen-inch all-black alloy wheels are available as a no-cost option.

The 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider Automatic slots in below the standard 3.0 Auto LX which retails for R 515 478.25 (excl. VAT), while the 3.0 X-Rider comes in just R 58 000 more than the 250 HO Double cab X-Rider Auto which retails for R421 043.48 (excl. VAT). This is great news for 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.

Pricing for the special edition D-MAX 3.0 TD Double Cab X-Rider Auto starts at R479 217.39 (excluding VAT)

The three mid-range X-Rider derivatives continue as part of the Isuzu D-MAX model range with prices as follows:
250 HO Double Cab X-Rider          R405 652.17
250 HO Double Cab X-Rider A/T   R421 043.48
250 HO Double Cab X-Rider 4x4  R451 478.26
All prices listed without VAT.