Isuzu D-Max XTR (2019): Pick up with off-road ambitions

Isuzu D-Max XTR (2019)
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P ickups are on the rise in Europe. And they appear increasingly extroverted. The latest example of the fact that the workhorses no longer want to stand out from the rest of the car monotony by their loading area is the Isuzu D-Max. It is now getting a hardcore version with the suffix XTR, which is currently debuting at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham - and is unfortunately only available in Great Britain for the time being.

Higher chassis, better brakes

The Isuzu D-Max XTR is not necessarily trimmed for more sportiness like the Raptor versions of the Ford F-150 and Ranger. No, it's about a plus in off-road suitability. Isuzu has therefore installed a chassis from Pedders that includes all-round new springs and dampers as well as an optimized upper wheel suspension on the front axle. Thus, the D-Max in its XTR version has a ground clearance of 250 millimeters.

Isuzu equips the brake on the front axle with internally ventilated and slotted discs as well Brake pads made from carbon and ceramic. The stoppers are housed on all-round satin black six-spoke aluminum rims in the format 8.5 x 17 inches, which are covered at the factory with 265/70 Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires.

Optical retouching inside and outside

The otherwise pretty good Isuzu D-Max puts on a tough plastic mask in the XTR version. It encloses the entire front from the underride guard to the bumper, the radiator grille and the headlight housings up to the protective element for the bonnet. This is matched by the wheel arch extensions, the characteristic features of which are diamond-shaped elements with a poisonous green insert. A color code that can be found in the XTR logo as well as on the brakes and the chassis. The spoilers on the rear bumper and on the tailgate as well as the mirror housings and door openers are all painted black. Speaking of colors: The four paint finishes Splash White, Titanium Silver Metallic, Obsidian Gray Mica and Cosmic Black Mica are available.

The exterior color scheme black /green is used in the interior of the Isuzu D -Max XTR picked up again.

Isuzu adorns the normally rather dreary D-Max interior with leather, velor and green embroidery. The materials can be found on the seats and headrests as well as on the sports steering wheel.

Same performance, double price

Incidentally, nothing changes in the engine. The XTR is also powered by the well-known 1.9-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel, which develops 164 hp and provides a maximum of 360 Newton meters. With the standard model, that's enough for acceleration from zero to one hundred in 12.7 seconds and a top speed of 180 km /h. More important than the performance, however, D-Max buyers should be the towing capacity - and like the standard D-Max, the XTR also takes up to 3.5 tons on the hook.

The new Isuzu D-Max XTR will roll out to British retailers in the course of the year at prices starting at 33,999 pounds (currently around 30,000 euros). This means that it is about twice as expensive as the basic model.


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