The Isuzu D-Max X-Runner has been released to celebrate Isuzu's annual Max Run fuel economy challenge, giving Australian ute buyers added features and more value.

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To be sold in limited numbers and priced at $46,990 driveaway, the Isuzu D-Max X-Runner is based on the Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS-U and sees the addition of a unique pearl white metallic paint, three-piece hard tonneau cover, black rear sports bar, tub liner, floor mats and ‘X-Runner’ decals, combining to represent $4500 worth of extra value.

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Powered by the Japanese manufacturer’s 130kW/380Nm 3.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine, and paired with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, fuel consumption figures vary from 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual, to 8.1L/100km for the automatic. The Isuzu D-Max X-Runner is on sale now, covered by both Isuzu’s five-year warranty and five-year roadside assistance program.

The annual fuel economy challenge, the Isuzu Max Run Challenge, sees the public enter a competition to guess how many kilometres an Isuzu D-Max can travel on one tank of diesel. This year an automatic D-Max 4x2 LS Crew Cab ute will start in south east Queensland and head south-west as far as possible.

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Previously, the best fuel economy figures were recorded in 2009, when a manual D-MAX 4x2 Crew Cab Low Ride made it 1716.3km from far north Queensland into South Australia for an average fuel consumption figure of 4.428L/100km.

While the second-generation Isuzu D-Max only launched in Australia back in June last year, combined, 8442 D-Max utes have been put in driveways over 2012/2013.

Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS-U manufacturer’s pricing:

Isuzu D-Max X-Runner – $46,990 driveaway

Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS-U Space Cab Hi-Ride manual – $43,700

Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS-U Space Cab Hi-Ride auto – $45,900

Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS-U Crew Cab Hi-Ride manual – $45,500

Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS-U Crew Cab Hi-Ride auto – $47,700