THE D-MAX X-Runner has been revived, with the limited edition model available in showrooms from May 1.
Introduced back in 2011, and last seen in 2017, the X-Runner is designed to strike a more commanding presence than the D-Max it’s based on – in this iteration, that’s the top-of-the-range LS-T.
The launch of the X-Runner coincides with an ‘end-of-life’ refresh to the ageing D-Max line-up. As part of the MY19 update, the LS-T received Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) side steps, a Passive Entry and Start system (4x2) and 18-inch matte black aluminium wheels, while the matte-black look continues throughout the body and on the roof rails.
In addition to these tweaks the X-Runner copped a few exclusive features including head-to-tail X-Runner branding and red Isuzu badges. Also delineating the X-Runner from the LS-T are the front fog lights which are now surrounded by a dark grey trim, as well as a bunch of genuine accessories: under-rail tub liner, rear park assist and a satin black sports bar.
The interior carries a more premium feel courtesy of piano black trims on the door and centre console and black roof lining and pillars, all merged with red-stitched leatherette across the dashboard, doors, glovebox and console lid. The seats, too, are trimmed with red perforated leather.
“With a number of unique features and accessories inside and out, and bolstered by its exclusive styling and exclusive paintwork, we fully expect that the 2019 X-RUNNER will be even more successful than its predecessors,” Managing Director of Isuzu UTE Australia, Hiroyasu Sato, said.
With changes limited to purposeful aesthetics – Isuzu’s 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine remains untouched, as does the rest of the drivetrain – the X-Runner is hardly a Raptor fighter, but the limited edition model does keep the ball rolling for the brand’s ageing line-up.
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The X-Runner is limited to two colours – Pearl White and Magnetic Red – and just 645 units. The $54,990 driveaway price puts it $3000 more than the LS-T it’s based on.
Isuzu remains tight-lipped when asked of its next-gen models, but with one of the oldest utes still in the game that change can’t be too far off, can it?