Three years after making its world debut in Thailand and following a delayed unveiling in South Africa due to Covid-19, Isuzu Motors South Africa has officially confirmed pricing and specification details for the all-new bakkie D-Max.
The seventh generation of the model known until 2018 as the KB, the first all-new Isuzu bakkie in over a decade is touted by the automaker as the most daring in terms of not just styling, but functionality too. and technology.
A complete departure from the older D-Max, the newcomer rides on the Drive Dynamics platform also used by the MU-X and Mazda BT-50, but for South Africa, and indeed all 25 markets. exporting across Africa, Isuzu retuned the suspension and made the loadbox out of thicker steel.
Stretching 30mm more wheelbase than the previous D-Max, which continues in an entry-level role as the renamed D-Max GEN 6, Isuzu lowered the roofline by 10mm, but increased the length of the cargo box by 15 mm while at the same time widening the tailgate to 1.5 m.
In a range of 23 models spread over three bodies; regular cab, extended cab and crew cab, the D-Max, which is the result of a R1.2 billion investment in local production at the Isuzu plant in Port Elizabeth, debuts a new engine and trim level denominators previously never offered in South Africa.
Power-wise, a twin-engine range prevails, but as with the BT-50 and the international market D-Max, the stout 2.5-litre 4J turbodiesel, which dates back to 1985, has been dropped for the 1.9 -litre 4JK1-TCX which will do without the BluePower moniker used elsewhere.
Also offered on the Thai market MU-X, the 2.5 replacement produces 110 kW/350 Nm, a fuel consumption of 10 kW/30 Nm, with drive to the rear or all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. .
Sitting at the top of the range, the latest incarnation of Isuzu’s equally long 3.0-liter engine, known internally as the 4JJ3-TCX, dispenses with the D-TEQ designation and, like the 1.9, adopts the nickname of DDI for a power of 140 kW/ 450Nm.
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Up to 10kW / 70Nm on the older 4JJ1-TCX, the unit is hooked up to the same drivetrain options as the 1.9, with drivetrain also going to rear or four-wheel.
On the model front, the long-running LEED, LE, popular X-Rider and flagship LX step aside in favor of five trim levels; base, L, LS, LSE and the top-of-the-line V-Cross for the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and Toyota Hilux Legend RS.
For South Africa, all two-wheel-drive models feature the High Rider body, with standard features on all derivatives including air conditioning, Bluetooth-enabled audio system with USB, dual front airbags, electronic ride control stability, hill start assistance and ABS with EDB.
On top of that, the L gets power windows, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and ISOFIX mounting points in the case of the crew cab, while the LS adds 17-inch alloy wheels to the mix, a system six-speaker audio, a rear view camera, cruise control, side steps, seven airbags and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On the LSE, the new nine-inch screen that debuted on the MU-X comes standard, along with 18-inch alloys, keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents on the crew cab, tow bar, tire pressure monitor, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and eight-speaker audio system.
Top-of-the-line V-Cross includes all of the above plus automatic high beam assist, model-specific grille, wheel arch cladding, satin gray skid plate, sport bar and rails roof, plus a tonneau cover, power front seats and eight airbags.
It is also the only model to feature Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking autonomous, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitor and the multi-Collision Brake which applies the stops once the airbags are triggered.
Standard on all models, a five-year/120,000 km warranty and a five-year/90,000 km maintenance plan.
- D-Max 1.9 DDI – R401 700
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L – R421 700
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L AT – R439 200
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L 4×4 – R506 200
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L 4×4 AT – R528 800
- D-Max 1.9 DDI – R433 600
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L – R448 500
- D-Max 1.9 DDI LS – R477 000
- D-Max 1.9 DDI LS AT-R496 200
- D-Max 3.0 DDI LSE AT-R595 100
- D-Max 3.0 DDI LSE 4×4 AT – R670 300
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L – R498 900
- D-Max 1.9 DD L 4×4 – R575 900
- D-Max 1.9 DDI L AT – R517 100
- D-Max 1.9 DDI LS – R520 800
- D-Max 1.9 DDI LS AT-R537 500
- D-Max 1.9 DDI LS 4×4 AT – R629 300
- D-Max 3.0 DDI LS 4×4 – R679 400
- D-Max 3.0 DDI LS 4×4 AT – R697 200
- D-Max 3.0 DDI LSE AT-R716 400
- D-Max 3.0 DDI LSE 4×4 AT – R771 100
- D-Max 3.0 DDI V-Cross AT-R760 100
- D-Max 3.0 DDI V-Cross 4×4 AT – R814 700