Upcoming BSVI Isuzu D-Max V-Cross expected to not see major price hike
With the recent debut of its range of commercial vehicles, Isuzu Motors India also showcased its BSVI diesel engine technology. The Japanese firm's take on meeting these new emission norms is unique. The brand continues to offer large 2.5-litre diesel engines but without the requirement of a urea additive for NOx treatment. So far, we've only seen this in smaller 1.5-litre diesel engines from Hyundai/Kia and Tata Motors.
Isuzu says that it has been able to achieve the new emission norms without any additives because its engine management system ensures the air-fuel mixture is controlled to reduce the NOx formation before a set of after-treatment devices further control exhaust gases and particulate matter emission. Because the air-fuel mixture is already optimised, a LNT (Lean NOx Trap) is the only requirement to treat the NOx emissions that would otherwise require the addition of Adblue or a similar diesel exhaust fluid.
Other than this, the Isuzu system continues to use a diesel particulate filter and a passive selective catalyst reduction system. A variable geometry turbo and an electronically controlled exhaust gas recirculation system also allow for optimised fuel burn.
The Japanese carmaker also claims that this technology is completely reliable and will ensure that emissions remain in control in the long run. But by using a simpler system, Isuzu has ensured that prices of the commercial versions of the D-Max and its S-Cab crew-cab version have increased by around Rs 70,000.
While Isuzu hasn't confirmed this we expect the upcoming BSVI-compliant Isuzu D-Max V-Cross to incorporate a similar system. This lifestyle pick-up uses the same basic 2.5-litre engine as its commercial twins, but uprated to 150PS and 350Nm. To put things in perspective, most other SUVs equipped with similarly sized diesel BSVI engines have seen a price hike of around Rs 1 to 2 lakh. Prices for the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross in BSIV form started from Rs 19.99 lakh.
Starts Rs 16.98 Lakhs
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