Isuzu bolstered its local D-Max bakkie range with the addition of 5 new automatic derivatives!
Japanese LCV giant, Isuzu, has responded to the market demand for automatic transmissions by offering more choice for buyers.
"Buying trends in the bakkie segment are changing rapidly, and we have seen a major upswing in the demand for automatic gearboxes in recent years. The introduction of the 6-speed automatic transmissions in the D-Max 3.0-Litre models in 2018 was extremely well received, and we are delighted to now offer automatic gearbox options on our popular D-Max 250 models, from our trendy X-Rider model to the mid-level LE and the Hi-Ride which is ideally suited to our commercial vehicle customers," says Dominic Rimmer, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations at Isuzu Motors South Africa.
The D-Max 250 range is headlined by the X-Rider which now gains a 5-speed automatic which complements the choice of the existing 5-speed manual transmission and is available in both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive formats.
The mid-spec D-Max 250 LE double-cab and workhorse-orientated D-Max 250 Hi-Ride also gain a 5-speed automatic transmission as well as the D-Max 250 Hi-Ride 4x2 Extended Cab.
The D-Max 250 derivatives are powered by a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine with 100 kW and 320 Nm of torque and have maximum towing capacity of 2 100 kg.
Lastly, Isuzu is also offering a 6-speed automatic on the D-Max 300 Hi-Ride Double Cab.
This derivative makes use of a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 130 kW and 380 Nm of torque.
D-Max X-Rider specification
The X-Rider features derivative-specific details that makes it stand out from the rest of the D-Max range.
The D-Max 250 X-Rider brings a bold look to the road with a black bumper and grille complemented with a striking red Isuzu badge on the nose as well as projector-style headlights with daytime running lights. This distinctive derivative also features 18-inch alloy wheels, tubular side steps and a roll bar all in black.
The interior gains leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching and X-Rider badging. A basic Bluetooth radio is fitted (with 6-speakers). Safety features include ABS with EBD, brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control, hill descent control and hill start assist. Driver and passenger airbags are also included.
Isuzu D-Max - Prices in South Africa
D-Max 250 HO Extended Cab Hi-Ride Auto - R403 200
D-Max 250 HO Double Cab Hi-Ride Auto - R435 300
D-Max 250 HO Double Cab LE Auto - R459 000
D-Max 300 Double Cab Hi Ride Auto - R464 100
D-Max 250 HO Double Cab X-Rider Auto - R474 700
The Isuzu D-Max is sold with a 5-year/120 000 km warranty, 5-year/90 000 km service plan, 5-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion and Roadside Assistance.