The all-new Isuzu D-Max has been revealed. Here's what you need to know about the popular bakkie, which finally gets a new model after 8 years.
After a short teaser campaign, the all-new Isuzu D-Max bakkie has been revealed in Thailand. 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.
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.
We expect the all-new Isuzu D-Max to make its way to SA in 2020 and we received this comment from Isuzu South Africa:
Isuzu is committed to this market as demonstrated by its decision to take over the light commercial vehicle operations as well as the balance of shareholding in the trucks business in South Africa, making this its first fully-owned manufacturing and distribution subsidiary outside of Japan. We are currently engaging with Isuzu to build the next generation of bakkies in South Africa and anticipate that we will get the final approvals for this investment later this year.