Isuzu has updated its KB range of bakkies which is now named D-MAX, as it’s known in international markets. See details below…
Isuzu’s hardworking KB has received an update which includes a name change to D-MAX (which originates from Thailand) as well as a specification upgrade and the introduction of a new 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions for all LX models. A total of 30 Isuzu D-MAX derivatives are on offer in South Africa while 13 are locally produced for export at Isuzu’s production facility in Port Elizabeth.
"We are also delighted to introduce the all-new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions on the 3.0-Litre LX models that improve overall performance, efficiency and refinement when compared to the previous five-speed units, while building on Isuzu's proven reputation for reliability and durability," says Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services.
Out with the old, in with the new
With a new name, revised exterior and interior styling and a revised range, Isuzu will try 'Max'imise sales of this latest D-MAX.
The changes to the D-MAX are most prominent on the LX derivatives (single, extended and double cabs) which are powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 130 kW and 380 Nm of torque. Styling changes include a new chrome grille design, sleeker L-shaped headlights (extended and double cabs gain Bi-LED headlights and daytime running lights) and restyled fog lamp bezels.
On the inside, the D-MAX in LX guise gains a soft-touch instrument cluster binnacle, a grain finish for the dashboard and door trims, piano black air vent grilles and window switches. The door handles, locking knob and air vent knobs are finished in chrome and the utility box lid now features the ‘Isuzu D-MAX logo’.
An 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system is fitted and offers Bluetooth and audio streaming functionality while also displaying the view from the rear view camera. A 9-inch Alpine infotainment system (from the mu-X SUV) is offered as an option and comes equipped with navigation, USB, Aux and HDMI ports while also being compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A larger infotainment system and a revised cabin design is a welcome change to the latest D-MAX.
The big news, however, is the introduction of a new 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions which replace the outgoing 5-speed shifters. Gear ratios and shift action have been optimised to aid optimum torque delivery while improving fuel economy. The 6-speed automatic transmission has a sequential sports mode which allows manual gear selection which is useful for towing or while off-roading in conjunction with the Hill Descent Control (HSC).
More so, the ABS on all D-MAX LX derivatives are equipped with a Brake Override System (BOS) for the first time. The system restricts accelerator input if the brake pedal is applied simultaneously, thereby reducing stopping distances in an emergency.
Trailer Sway Control (TSC) is also included, complementing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control.
LX derivatives are fitted with a tow bar as standard and come with a maximum tow rating of 3.5 tons. Hi-Rider and LE derivatives can be optionally fitted with a tow bar and have a tow rating of 2.1 tons.
New Dropside derivatives join the D-MAX range.
There are a total of 16 single cab D-MAX derivatives on offer and Isuzu has now included new Dropside Base models which can either be had with a factory-fitted load deck or in Dropside configuration.
Dropside Base models are offered in 2.5-litre LEED Base or Fleetside specification with 58 kW and 176 Nm of torque. A high-spec 2.5-litre HO Fleetside Safety derivative with 100 kW and 320 Nm is also available and comes equipped with dual airbags, ABS, ESC and HSA (Hill Start Assist).
Extended Cab derivatives are offered as a 2.5-litre Hi-Rider or in 3.0-litre LX guise with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. A 3.0-litre 4x4 LX manaul Extended Cab is also on offer.
Isuzu D-MAX (2018) Price in South Africa
D-MAX 250C SINGLE CAB BASE - R256 100
D-MAX 250C CHASSIS CAB BASE - R246 200
D-MAX 250CDROPSIDE BASE - R284 800
D-MAX 250C SINGLE CAB FLEETSIDE - R280 000
D-MAX 250C CHASSIS CAB FLEETSIDE - R270 200
D-MAX 250C DROPSIDE FLEETSIDE - R308 700
D-MAX 250 HO SINGLE CAB FLEETSIDE - R299 900
D-MAX 250 HO CHASSIS CAB FLEETSIDE - R290 000
D-MAX 250 HO DROPSIDE FLEETSIDE - R328 600
D-MAX 250 HO SINGLE CAB FLEETSIDE (Safety) - R310 500
D-MAX 250 HO CHASSIS CAB FLEETSIDE (Safety) - R300 600
D-MAX 250 HO DROPSIDE (Safety) w/ESC - R339 200
D-MAX 250 HO SINGLE CAB LE - R353 500
D-MAX 250 HO 4X4 SINGLE CAB HI-RIDER - R399 600
D-MAX 300 SINGLE CAB LX - 6-SPEED MANUAL - R413 800
D-MAX 300 4X4 SINGLE CAB LX - 6-SPEED MANUAL - R477 900
D-MAX 250 HO EXTENDED CAB HI-RIDER - R358 000
D-MAX 300 EXTENDED CAB LX - 6-SPEED MANUAL - R450 700
D-MAX 300 EXTENDED CAB LX - 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC - R465 200
D-MAX 300 4X4 EXTENDED CAB LX - 6-SPEED MANUAL - R513 700
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB BASE - R332 500
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB HI-RIDER - R387 800
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB X-RIDER - R424 400
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB LE - R437 200
D-MAX 250 HO 4X4 DOUBLE CAB HI-RIDER - R435 500
D-MAX 250 HO 4X4 DOUBLE CAB X-RIDER - R472 500
D-MAX 300 DOUBLE CAB LX - 6-SPEED MANUAL - R522 100
D-MAX 300 DOUBLE CAB LX - 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC - R537 100
D-MAX 300 4X4 DOUBLE CAB LX - 6-SPEED MANUAL - R591 800
D-MAX 300 4X4 DOUBLE CAB LX - 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC - R 606 400
All Isuzu D-MAX derivatives come with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, comprehensive 5-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance, as well as a 5-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty. Through Isuzu Mobility, customers have the option of extending the standard service plan up to a maximum of 6 years or 200 000 km. Alternatively, the service plan can be upgraded to a full maintenance plan that covers the vehicle for planned and unplanned maintenance up to 6-years/200 000 km.