Isuzu Adds More Choice and Greater Convenience to D MAX with Five New Automatic Models Added to the Range

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The Isuzu D MAX range has been expanded in South Africa with five new automatic models added to the line up, giving its proven and dependable bakkie even greater driving comfort and convenience.

Headlining the expanded product portfolio is the eye catching, lifestyle oriented Isuzu D MAX 250 X Rider, which is now available in a five speed
automatic transmission for the first time. This complements the existing five speed manual derivatives, available in two and four wheel drive,
that have been extremely popular in South Africa.

As crucial models in the Double Cab line up, Isuzu has also introduced the five speed automatic transmission to the mid range D MAX 250 LE, as well as the popular workhorse oriented D MAX 250 Hi Ride model.

Also new to the Double Cab range in a Hi Ride trim level is the addition of a 3.0 Litre automatic model matched with a 6 speed automatic transmission
Light commercial vehicle buyers that rely on the versatility of Isuzu’s D MAX Extended Cab variant also benefit from the addition of the five speed
automatic on the 250 Hi Ride 4×2.

“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,” says Dominic Rimmer, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations at Isuzu Motors South Africa ( IMSAf)

“The introduction of the six 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,” Rimmer adds.

“The five speed automatic gearbox has been developed to suit the performance characteristics of Isuzu’s exceptionally capable, reliable and economical 2.5 litre intercooled turbodiesel engine, thus giving our customers great performance matched to low running costs, superb comfort and outstanding driving convenience particularly in bustling and congested city environments.

“ Legendary reliability and budget friendly fuel economy are hallmarks of the D MAX 250 engine, which produces 100 kW of power at 3 400 r/min. The maximum torque output of 320 Nm is available between 1 800 and 2 800 r/min, giving the D MAX 250 models impressive load lugging performance. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 8.1 l/100 km for the automatic models, dependent on driving style. As with the five speed manual derivatives, the D MAX 250 Auto’s towing capacity is 2 100 kg for a braked trailer, ensuring that heavy loads can be towed with ease. The spacious and practical rear load compartment is capable of carrying just over 1 ton, depending on the model type, it also includes four tie down brackets to safely secure goods.

As the most affordable offering amongst the newly introduced models, the entry level D MAX 250 Hi Ride Auto is offered in extended cab form. This practical body style gives customers the choice of an expanded cabin and useful rear hinged FlexDoors that provide exceptional access and convenience, as well as a rear load box that measures 310 mm longer than the Double Cab. This makes it the perfect choice for a wide range of commercial applications and users, from farmers to contractors many of
whom will appreciate the benefits and ease of use provided by the new smooth shifting five speed automatic transmission.

In Double Cab form, buyers have the option of the D MAX 250 Hi Ride or upmarket LE series as well as the D MAX 3.0 Litre Hi Ride 4×2 all ideal for carrying up to five occupants and just over a ton in the rear load compartment. Despite its entry level status, the Hi Ride is equipped with an impressive range of safety and security features that closely matches the X Rider, but with more basic and durable trim finishes and 16 inch steel rims in line with its working role.

The mid range LE lifts the D MAX a couple of notches from the Hi Ride models, offering exceptional value for money matched to a more sophisticated execution for discerning business and private
customers. Externally it is distinguished by the addition of front fog lamps with chrome bezels, an Anthracite coloured grille, colour coded mirrors and door handles and 16 inch alloy wheels. Additional features
added to the LE model include an ultrasonic alarm system, cruise control and an eight inch touchscreen controlled multimedia audio system.

All Isuzu D MAX models come standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five year/120 000 km bumper to bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five year/unlimited km anti corrosion warranty and a five year/90 000 km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km/12 months.

Extended cover can be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans. Isuzu D MAX 250 Auto model range:
D MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB LE AUTO R 459,000.00

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