Despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the all-new Isuzu D-Max remains on track to be launched in South Africa during the second half of 2021. Here's what you need to know about the popular bakkie, which finally gets a new model after 8 years.
The new Isuzu D-Max will be built in South Africa and it will be powered by a revised version of the current 3.0-litre turbodiesel motor packing 140 kW and 450 Nm. Under the skin, there's extensive work done to the chassis and the suspension.
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For the 4x4 enthusiasts, there's 800 mm of wading depth, as well as a rotary transmission selector featuring 2 High, 4 High and 4 Low, as well as Hill Descent. The all-new Isuzu D-Max features ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control, Stability Control, Hillstart Assist, 8-way parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Inside, it has a rake and reach adjust for the steering, while there's a big focus on comfort, something we've always had issues with previously. In terms of connectivity, there'll be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a modern 9-inch infotainment screen and audio system.
From what we've seen so far, it looks like Isuzu is trying to shake off its workhorse image and move into the lifestyle space.
Just over six months ago Isuzu Motors of Japan confirmed that it will be investing R1.2 billion into the next-generation D-Max bakkie programme in South Africa, while an additional total local content value of R2.8 billion will be generated through the lifecycle of the programme. We expect the all-new Isuzu D-Max to go on sale locally in mid-2021.