Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has added three sporty X-Rider Limited Edition models to the Isuzu D-MAX range. Badged the X-Rider Limited Edition, production of the new models will be limited to 210 individually numbered units with a numbered plaque in the engine bay. The X-Rider Limited Edition is Isuzu’s latest addition to the ever popular 6th generation D-MAX bakkie.
First introduced in 2016 as a special value model to the D-MAX range, the X-Rider proved popular with bakkie buyers and became a permanent fixture of the Isuzu model line-up both in South Africa and rest of Africa markets.
Now in its 5th year, the X-Rider has even more exclusive appeal through the X-Rider Limited Edition which adds exclusive features such as blacked out 18-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, X-Rider Edition Limited Sports hoop, tailgate branding, branded carpet set, and a standard load box roller-shutter.
“The X-Rider was first introduced to the range as a special edition model. It was such a hit that we decided to make it a permanent part of the D-MAX model range. The X-Rider Limited Edition is a celebration of the success we’ve had with the 6th Generation D-MAX. We believe this is the best iteration of the D-MAX bakkie to date in terms of value, build quality, and appeal. The X-Rider Limited Edition is a vehicle that true Isuzu fans will be proud to own and keep as part of their garage,” says Craig Uren, Senior Vice President Isuzu Sales and Marketing.
Built at Isuzu’s Struandale plant in Gqeberha, the X-Rider Limited Edition benefits from 8 years of continuous improvements made to the 6th generation D-MAX.
“We are continually studying feedback and data from the field throughout the lifecycle of our vehicles and we continue to make improvements not only to the product but to the manufacturing processes to maximise build quality. The X-Rider Limited Edition is by far the most robust and well-built example of the D-MAX to date. This is a vehicle which will last a life time,” said Dominic Rimmer, Senior vice President Technical Operations.
There are three models available in the X-Rider Limited Edition, a 2.5 HO X-Rider LTD 4×2 5 speed manual, a 2.5 HO X-Rider LTD 4×2 5 speed Auto, and a 3.0 X-Rider LTD 4×2 6 Speed Auto. All are based on existing X-Rider models.
250 HO models continue with Isuzu’s formidable 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine making 100 kW @3400 rpm, and 320 Nm of torque between 1800 rpm and 2800 rpm. The 3.0 X-Limited is fitted with the D-MAX’s current 3 litre Turbodiesel engine which makes 130 kW at 3600 rpm and 380 Nm between 1800rpm and 2800rpm.
Combined cycle fuel consumption for the 2.5 models is 7.7 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 203 g/km for the manual. The 3-litre model’s combined cycle fuel consumption is 7.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions at 198 g/km.
The X-Rider Limited Edition will be available at Isuzu dealerships from the last week of November 2021.
Isuzu is committed to providing its customers with an exceptional ownership experience and peace of mind. To this end, all Isuzu D-MAX bakkies come standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising 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 also be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans, and Maintenance Plans through Isuzu mobility.
X-Rider Limited Edition Models and pricing
250 HO D/C X-Rider LTD 4×2 M/T Price: R 552,400 including VAT
250 HO X-Rider LTD 4×2 A/T Price: R 572 100 including VAT
300 X-Rider LTD 4×2 A/T Price: R 624 400 including VAT