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2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner special edition on sale, celebrates 100 years

Isuzu is celebrating its 100th anniversary – one of few carmakers that have surpassed the milestone. So to mark the occasion the company has introduced a special edition version of the new 2017 D-Max, called the X-Runner.

The X-Runner is based on the double cab model, featuring the overhauled 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine which now meets Euro 5 emissions standards. It produces 130kW and 430Nm, and comes with a new six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission.

Specific to the X-Runner, Isuzu has given the popular work tool a unique two-tone colour scheme, with red and black highlights. These highlights are contrasted up against just two paint colours; pearl white and metallic black.

Some of the dark features include dark grey trimmings around the front end, gun metal grey alloy wheels and side steps, and a black sports bar in the back. There’s also a standard black tub-liner fitted under the rail.

Inside is similarly dressed, with red and black upholstery with a smattering of piano black trimmings to give it a distinguished atmosphere. As standard the special edition comes with climate control and a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors.

Isuzu Ute Australia is planning to release just 600 examples of the X-Runner, and all are expected to sell very quickly indeed. Like the regular 2017 D-Max, the ute is covered by Isuzu’s new five-year/130,000km warranty, five-year/50,000km capped-price servicing, and five years roadside assistance. Prices start at $46,990 (excluding on-roads).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.