Images of a new X-Power edition of Isuzu’s D-Max pickup and MU-X SUV have surfaced online. The special edition models, which are based on the facelifts (already available in India) are expected to be introduced in the Chinese market soon. Both sport some cosmetic changes inside and outside although there are no mechanical changes, when compared to the standard models in that market.
The outside of the MU-X X-Power gets a dark grey finish (black for the grille) and contrasting orange highlights above the circular fog lamps (the India-spec model gets LED DRLs next to the fog lamps). The same orange highlights are also seen on the centre of the blacked-out twin-spoke alloy wheels, which look like they are wrapped in the standard 255/65 R17 tyres. On the inside, the cabin gets orange highlights, seen as stitching in the arm rests, seats and door upholstery. There is no change in equipment.
The exterior of the D-Max X-Power is also painted in dark grey, but gets sliver cladding on the front and rear bumper with yellow highlights for the front unit. Like the MU-X X-Power, the D-Max also gets the corresponding highlight on the back-finished alloy wheels. Unlike the India-spec model, the D-Max X-Power does not get LED fog lamps. The interior of the X-Power pickup is slightly more vibrant with yellow touches on the all-black dashboard, around the central console and on the seats.
Unlike the D-Max sold in India, which is powered by a 136hp, 2.5-litre diesel engine, the China-spec models share its 177hp, 3.0-litre diesel with the MU-X sold there. The SUV also gets a 163hp, 1.9-litre diesel engine variant in that market. Transmission options for both in China are a six-speed manual and an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic; while the Indian D-Max and MU-X get a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic, respectively.
While there is no word on Isuzu bringing the X-Power editions to the Indian market, they should surely help the Japanese brand move a few more units from its showrooms. The MU-X, in particular, is a slow-selling model for Isuzu and a special edition or a new variant along these lines could definitely help sales.
The D-Max V-Cross facelift had launched in India at the start of this year and retails at Rs 14.32 lakh for the Standard trim and Rs 15.82 lakh for the High variant. The MU-X rivals the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero, Skoda Kodiaq and Toyota Fortuner and is priced between Rs 24.84-26.80 lakh, depending on whether you opt for the 4x2 or the 4x4 version.
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