Isuzu Ute Australia has revealed a limited-edition variant of the updated D-Max ute, which revives a nameplate that was last seen in 2019 on the previous-generation model.

    The Isuzu D-Max X-Rider is based on the LS-M 4×4 dual-cab and is being referred to as the “ultimate all-rounder”.

    It’s priced from $58,000 before on-road costs, which is $2700 more expensive than the LS-M dual-cab variant it’s based on.

    Orders for the D-Max X-Rider are now open and there will be only 1020 examples will be coming to Australia.

    Power comes exclusively from a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with drive sent through a four-wheel drive system.

    Just like all D-Max 4×4 models there’s switchable 2H, 4H, and 4L options plus a standard locking rear differential. There’s also steel underbody protection for the sump and transfer case.

    Seeing the D-Max X-Rider is based on the LS-M it also comes with heavy duty rear leaf suspension, instead of regular rear leaf suspension.

    This limited-edition D-Max sets itself apart from the rest of the range with its 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, black two-tone grille, black sports bar, dark grey side steps, soft tonneau cover, X-Rider badging, Black exterior trims.

    It also comes with features including bi-LED headlights with automatic levelling, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, vinyl flooring and fabric upholstery.

    The D-Max X-Rider only comes in three colours – Mineral White, Basalt Black Mica, and Granite Grey Mica.

    The latter of these paint options was introduced as part of the recently-detailed 2023 model year update, and was previously reserved for the flagship X-Terrain model only.

    The Isuzu D-Max, as well as the related MU-X and Mazda BT-50 were re-tested by Australian crash testing authority ANCAP in December last year and once again received a five-star safety rating.

    This came after D-Max, MU-X and BT-50 models built from July 2022 received a design change to the driver’s knee and instrument panel.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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