X-RIDER returns to Isuzu range

Isuzu Motors South Africa has launched a new D-MAX X-RIDER – the latest iteration of the X-RIDER series that has been popular with South African customers since it debuted in 2016.

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What’s new?

Based on the latest seventh-generation D-MAX range, the new X-RIDER once again embodies the stand-out character, bold design and distinctive features, based the mid-range 1.9 Ddi LS models with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions in 4x2 form, and a 4x4 automatic.


Its assertive character is clearly evident from the front with the sleek black gloss grille adorned with bold red ‘ISUZU’ lettering.

X-RIDER badges are featured on both front doors and the tailgate, complemented by a black Isuzu tailgate decal. LED headlamps, LED fog lamps and LED taillamps enhance the upmarket appearance.

Black accents on the door handles, B-pillars, side-mirror covers, tailgate handle and curved sports bar behind the cab are part of the aesthetics. In addition to enhancing the overall silhouette, the dark grey roof rails serve a practical purpose, accommodating roof racks if needed.

It sports 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, featuring red ‘ISUZU’ lettering on black centre caps. A towbar is included as standard, with a 2.1-ton tow rating.

In keeping with its special status, the D-MAX X-RIDER is available in four colours, comprising Splash White, Mercury Silver (from April 2024), Red Spinel and Islay Gray.


Subtle red accents are found throughout the cabin. The leather seats are given a sporty flair with red contrast stitching and embroidered red ‘X’ logos on the headrests.

A red divider resplendent with the ‘X’ logo is positioned between the glove compartment and dashboard, complemented by a leather-wrapped, red-stitched steering wheel featuring a red Isuzu badge.

Setting it apart from other D-MAX models, the cabin features dark interior surfaces and a dark headliner, with unique X-RIDER floor mats.

All this comes standard with cruise control, a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi compatibility and a rear USB port. Additionally, rear park assist, and a rear-view camera are included as standard features.


The 1.9-litre Ddi engine delivers a maximum 110 kW of power and peak torque of 350 Nm. Power from the 1.9 Ddi engine is dispatched to the wheels through two transmission options: a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Customers have the option of the manual or automatic transmissions on the 4x2 version, while the 4x4 model is equipped with the six-speed automatic as standard.

Model line-up:

The X-RIDER range consists of three models, all in LS trim grade and available only in double-cab configuration.

The 1.9 Ddi D/Cab HR X-RIDER LS features a six-speed manual transmission, while the HR X-RIDER LS AT and 4x4 X-RIDER LS AT come equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.

  • Isuzu says the prices will be released soon.

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