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by Matt Campbell

The updated 2017 Isuzu D-Max range may already have a staggering 23 variants available, but apparently there’s room for one more – the 2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner.

This limited edition model is based on the 4×4 Isuzu D-Max model features the updated 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 130kW/430Nm, and it comes exclusively with the newly-developed Aisin six-speed automatic gearbox.

The X-Runner model is available in two colours – Cosmic Black and Silky White Pearl, which is exclusive to this variant – and features a range of cosmetic changes inside and out.

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The X-Runner gets red badges and decals, new alloy wheels, gunmetal grey side steps, a black sports bar, heavy duty tub liner and rear parking sensors.

The interior sees new dark grey trim with piano black accents, red and black seat trim as well as red stitching and a red badge on the steering wheel. The X-Runner has single-zone climate control, and unlike the EX and SX models it comes with a standard rear-view camera that displays through its touchscreen media unit.

The model is said to mark 100 years of Isuzu, and as such it gets a motif on the tailgate, too.

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The 2017 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner is priced at $46,990 drive-away, making it an appealing proposition, and not that much dearer than a base model 4×4 dual-cab auto (the SX, which costs $46,000 plus on-roads).

Only 600 examples of the X-Runner variant will be available.

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