Even though it is loved for its durability, capability, and unique styling, the Isuzu D-MAX is often overlooked due to the popularity and high sales volumes of its rivals, the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. However, the Isuzu D-MAX holds its own when it comes to tough, hardworking bakkies in South Africa.
Assembled locally, the Isuzu D-MAX is a South African legend that has found its way into the hearts and driveways of thousands across the country. It regularly features in the top 10 best-selling vehicles in NAAMSA's sales reports.
Following General Motors' departure from South Africa (Isuzu's holding company), many wondered if the brand could survive on its own. Considering its continued success in terms of sales and service, it seems all is going well.
Isuzu, a Japanese brand, first launched its bakkie model in 2002 following the success of other pickup trucks in the General Motors family, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models. In fact, these served as the platforms upon which Isuzu designed its own version.
The D-MAX made its international debut in Thailand and was marketed across the world under different names; South Africa knew it as the KB while China had the Great Wall SoCool, but they were the same model.
Isuzu launched the model in three variants: single cab, double cab, and extended cab. The models remained relatively the same design-wise, barring annual tweaks. The real change came in 2012 when Isuzu launched an entirely different D-MAX version with a brand new design and several facelifts following soon after.
The Isuzu D-MAX is the culmination of 40 years of development, and promises maximum durability, capability, and reliability, everything you'd need from a workhorse.
Selected models have highly-rated safety features, including electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC), and anti-lock braking system (ABS). The towing capacity is up to 2,900 kg while the loading capacity is up to 1,235 kg, making it a heavy-duty carrier.
Power on the 250 model is delivered from the 2.5 L engine offering 100kW and 320Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is kept at a minimum with a combined cycle of 7.9 L/100 km.
Isuzu South Africa has 24 dealerships across the country, each offering the D-MAX range along with their other commercial and SUV models. Get in touch with your nearest dealership or visit the Isuzu South Africa website to buy or test drive an Isuzu vehicle.
For the D-MAX, pricing depends on the model and specifications you desire. Base single cab models are the most affordable, while the premium double cab limited edition is in the upper pricing tier. If you don't want to buy an Isuzu D-MAX, you can hire one from reputable car rental services found across the country.
The Isuzu D-MAX 250C Base 4x2 Single Cab retails from R260,000.
Isuzu D-MAX service plan is valid for five-years/90,000 km and a five-year/120,000 km warranty. The warranty is a bumper-to-bumper, which covers the D-MAX against unforeseen component problems and the associated labour costs to repair them, dependent on the terms and conditions.
Isuzu also offers their Genuine Parts guarantee under the Isuzu Service Plan, and roadside assistance is available 24/7 across South Africa for Isuzu owners; simply contact their toll-free Roadside Assistance helpline.
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