Isuzu UK has announced details of the all-new Isuzu D-Max bakkie, and we're hoping it's a sign of things to come for South Africa's KB.
On sale in the UK from June 2012, the new Isuzu D-Max will be available with four specification levels and, for the first time for Isuzu in the UK, with an extended cab body configuration — featuring rear-opening side-access panels — joining the single and double cab variants.
The entry-level Isuzu D-Max offers a generous complement of standard equipment, including air conditioning, daytime running lights, electric windows and front, side and curtain airbags.
The "Eiger" double cab adds projector headlamps, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured bumpers, while the "Yukon" double cab also features a leather steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, and a six-speaker sound system, chrome exterior detailing and 17-inch alloys.
The flagship "Utah" model offers luxurious creature comforts inside, including leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control. The exterior is enhanced with roof bars and rear parking sensors.
The all-new Isuzu D-Max is powered by a highly fuel efficient 2.5-litre twin-turbo common-rail diesel engine, available with newly-developed six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. This Euro5-compliant unit generates 120kW and peak torque output of 400Nm at 1400rpm. The Isuzu D-Max also introduces a new "shift-on-the-fly" system, allowing the driver to adjust between two- and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h.
The all-new Isuzu D-Max is also the highly capable load-lugging workhorse: it has a three-tonne (braked) towing capacity and a payload capacity of 1000kg.
William Brown, General Manager of Isuzu UK, said: "The tough new Isuzu D-Max is a significant step forward from its very successful predecessor. It is a highly capable tool for those working in the outdoors, and yet is extremely refined. It features a very efficient Euro5-compliant engine while also exhibiting that rugged toughness for which the Isuzu brand has built such a solid reputation. Every model is well-equipped and yet offers unbeatable load-lugging and payload capacities. It delivers on every measure without compromise.
"With the support and dedication of the expanding Isuzu UK dealer network, which excels in sales, customer relationship management and aftersales service, I am confident that the all-new Isuzu D-Max will continue to grow the brand's sales and its enviable reputation," concludes Brown.