Isuzu X-Rider Crew Cab 4X2 Black Edition Weekend
Since its inception it has been the best seller in the Isuzu portfolio, this time though, a dash of elegance and class were added by means of a Gala Dinner at the recently launched Struandale Plant, this plant produces the bakkies and some trucks, a very big operation actually. A place I take great pleasure in visiting. The Gala Dinner allowed us to meet world famous adventurer Peter Van Met, who shared his experiences about going through adversity in the most remote places in the world. That man is testament of what the human spirit can achieve. The Gala Dinner was made even more special by a performance from Amanda Black!!!!
We had driven the famed Black Edition models to the Gala, and some interesting improvements were notable from the word go, the improved and more solid side steps, the spring loaded rear load cover which is now lockable, overall the exterior is finished in black, from the 18”m alloys to the solid black bumpers and roof and rear bars with the X-Rider neatly stuck , it really has a presence like no other, what we term the “Murdered “ look.
The Interior also benefits from the black theme with black leather seats with red stitching , the door panels have a gloss finished insert with the X logo, and head rests have been well detailed stitching that’s signifies the model. The centre console now has a stunning new 8” touch screen infotainment system that links the Bluetooth and all other seamless functionalities. May I add that the sound quality of the speakers is till top notch.
The motor is still the trusted 2.5L 4cylinder turbo charged diesel servant, mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox driving power just to the rear wheel, the X-Rider still benefits from some kiff safety driving aids , like traction control , and hill descent control to mention but a few. Having driven the 4X4 derivatives on several excursions, the difference is notable from the initial shove, the 4X2 is more responsive and eager, infact it does not feel like 100kw at all.
The following day on our weekend with partners led us out of PE from the Majestic Radisson BLU Hotel, we were a beautiful convoy as we left PE via the Schoenies route to Falcon Rock, located just 25kms from my home town Uitenhage. The X-Rider proved its credentials on the varying surfaces, even on tight turns the handling was pretty impressive along with hauling 4 adults, it was just in its element.
On arrival at Falcon Rock , the various activities proved to be fun despite the blistering heat, I chose to play Black John Wick, missed 13 shots of 15, who cares , I shot an airpressured hand gun!!! It was epic fun.
We had a lovely lunch, those lamp chops and riblets are from another planet(Zimuncisa iintupho), the vibe as just amazing, the group of people on the tour we also a lovely selection. On our way back we headed straight back to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where the Isuzu Kings took on the Irish Munstars in the Super 14 Rugby Championship. The game was entertaining even though then result was not satisfactory. As South Africans we get emotional over our various sporting codes. This time it was no different as we witness fellow scribes having a go at the ref. It was hilarious.
We had dinner at the lovely Suki which is an Asian restaurant nestled smack in the lush green part of Walmer, epic setting , great mood and service was tops, I highly recommend that place. What an awesome way to end a great weekend, what made mine greater was taking the X-Rider home.
As I pen this Isuzu had unveiled the new D-Max, stunning looking thang, the wait has been too long for the new Isuzu bakkie. Am glad to say it has lost none of its good looks. Now with a new more powerful engine.
Spending the week with the X-Rider I found myself needing it for longer , in fact perhaps a lifetime, useful, swift, and quite a head turner.
The Limited Edition Black X-Rider retails for R462 000 which also includes 5year/120 000km warranty, 5year/90 000km Service plan and Isuzu roadside assistance.
Thanks to Lunga, Nandi and Vuyiseka noAno for an epic weekend, we had a blast with an equally epic car.
Yours in motoring.
Wezile Lorenzio Bonani