Isuzu D-Max Got A Facelift
Isuzu completely revamped its bakkie range back in 2018. Giving it a brand new name (D-Max) as well as higher levels of specification, quality & efficiency to make its ever-popular light commercial vehicle more appealing than ever.
Renamed the D-Max, which originated in Thailand. The ‘D’ originally referring to Isuzu’s 2000 year model bakkie, which boasted the flush “Dragon Eyes” headlamp design.
It also represents Isuzu’s proud legacy in the production of diesel engines using industry-defining direct injection, as well as ground-breaking design & durability. ‘Max’ signifies Isuzu’s maximum approach to design, size, comfort, technology, performance, safety & durability.
The bakkie line had been revised & enhanced to make the D-MAX more appealing & competitive than ever. The high-spec models raise the bar for Isuzu in terms of luxury & quality.
The Exclusive & Upmarket LX Range:
Visually, the biggest styling changes for the Isuzu D-Max made their debut on the range-topping 3.0-Litre LX models. They're available in single, extended & double cab body styles.
There's new, sleeker L-shaped headlight clusters, tapered with chromed accents & a new muscular chromed radiator grille which is central to the look that dominates the front fascia.
Along with the projector-type Bi-LED headlamps & LED daytime running lights introduced on the extended & double cab models, there are restyled foglamp bezels framed by chromed vertical accents that give the LX a distinctive & aggressive stance.
Climbing into the cabin & the more upmarket look & feel of the LX models become immediately apparent, courtesy of the new soft-touch panels for the instrument cluster binnacle.
Passengers also benefit from the fitment of the latest-generation infotainment system. Incorporating an eight-inch full-colour touch screen that replaces the 6.5-inch version used in the previous model.
The fully-featured system incorporates the display for the rear-view camera, & facilitates Bluetooth hands-free cellphone use & audio streaming.
One of the most significant newer features of the D-Max range is the introduction of the six-speed gearbox.
The six-speed manual benefits from optimised gear ratios & an improved shift action, which makes the most of the strong torque delivery & superb fuel economy of Isuzu’s dependable 3.0-Litre four-cylinder intercooler fitted, turbodiesel engine, which produces 130 kW of power & 380 Nm of torque.
Enhanced Driving Safety:
On the safety front, the ABS brakes on all D-MAX LX models are now equipped with Isuzu’s Brake Override System for the first time. *The system restricts accelerator input if the brake pedal is applied simultaneously, thereby reducing stopping distances in an emergency.
The standard Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control has also been bolstered with the addition of Trailer Sway Control that detects & minimises the effect of a trailer or caravan beginning to sway from side-to-side.
The Hi-Rider and LE models can be equipped with an optional towbar package rated to tow a braked trailer up to a maximum load of 2.1 tons, while the standard heavy-duty unit on the 3.0-Litre 4X4 LX derivatives comes standard & is capable of hauling 3.5 tons.
As before, Electronic Stability Control Hill Start Assist & Hill Descent Control are included to assist the driver in all types of driving situations. These active safety features are available as a standard feature from the Fleetside Safety to the LX trim.
Extensive & Tailor-made:
There are 16 single cab derivatives in total that are available. Including the addition of the new Dropside Base models which can be specified. You have a choice of either a factory-fitted flat load deck or in Dropside configuration.
*Powered by the trusty 2.5-Litre turbodiesel engine that produces 58 kW and 176 Nm. You can order the Dropside Base models in 2.5-Litre LEED Base or Fleetside specification.
Isuzu Complete Care:
Isuzu Complete Care comes standard with every new Isuzu D-Max & embodies Isuzu’s unwavering commitment to after-sales service & customer satisfaction.
All D-Max models are sold as standard with a comprehensive five-year/120 000 km warranty & roadside assistance, as well as a five-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty.
Included in your purchase is a five-year/90 000 km service plan. With service intervals scheduled every 15 000 km or once a year. Whichever comes first.
*With Isuzu Mobility, customers have the option of extending the standard service plan. You can upgrade your plan to a maximum of six years or 200,000 km. Alternatively, you can upgrade the service plan to a full maintenance plan. This covers the vehicle & unplanned maintenance for up to six years/200 000 km.