Bakkies in South Africa are very popular, thanks to their ability to become proper workhorses as well as comfortable modes of transport fit for everyday use. An example is the Isuzu D-Max which has dominated the bakkie segment for many years and it’s now in its seventh generation.

It has been long coming and the new Isuzu D-Max ushers buyers into a product that now boasts a fresh new identity, new tech as well as enhanced driving dynamics. The D-Max is a product of the R1.2 billion investment in the brand’s local operations that was announced in the year 2019. It is built in Gqeberha for the domestic market and exported to 25 left and right-hand drive markets across the African continent.

D-MAX 3.0 Ddi-Double-Cab V-Cross 4×4 Rearview Farm road

Single Cab, Extended Cab and Double Cab

The new Isuzu D-Max comes in three different body configurations to suit buyers’ needs; single cab, extended cab and double cab in five specification levels, manual and automatic transmission, 4×2 or 4×4 and two engine options.

The entire fleet consists of five single cab derivatives, six extended cab models and eleven double cab variants.

Styling and Design

In terms of styling and design, the new Isuzu D-Max has been refined and that comes courtesy of a fresh new front fascia and grille, slimmer and more angular lights which include Bi-LED projector headlights and LED daytime running lights plus LED edge lighting indicators on the mirror housing for range-topping models.

The new Isuzu D-Max boasts a 15 mm and 30 mm bigger bonnet and load area respectively while the wheelbase has been stretched by 30 mm for enhanced optimisation of the cabin structure. Thanks to the new load box design, the loading space and capacity have been enlarged by up to 15 mm while the tailgate offers easy loading courtesy of the 1,530 mm wide tailgate.

D-MAX 3.0 Ddi-Double-Cab V-Cross 4×4 Sideview Farm road

Interior

The interior of the high-end models is fitted with a variety of layered and textured surfaces with soft-touch materials. With the aforementioned change in dimensions, the new Isuzu D-Max comes with improved legroom for the rear seats of the double cab models.

Depending on the variant, there is an instrument binnacle that features analogue dials for the rev counter and speedometer as well as a 4.2-inch LCD multi-information display. There is also a fully integrated Wide Extended Graphics Array that displays an infotainment touchscreen system in 7-inch or 9-inch setups depending on the model. The system allows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Range-topping variants such as the LSE and V-Cross feature dual-zone climate control with rear vents on the Double Cabs while lower variants get manual air-conditioning.

D-MAX 3.0 Ddi-Double-Cab V-Cross 4×4 Interior

Technology and Safety

As standard, all variants of the new Isuzu D-Max are fitted with ABS, BAS, ESC with traction control, hill start assist, hill descent control and trailer sway control. The top-of-the-range V-Cross models are equipped with Intelligent Driver Assist System that incorporates Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Departure Prevention and Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Parking Aid (front and rear) and Multi Collision Brake.

The passive entry and start system, keyless entry and push-start button come standard in the LSE and V-Cross models. Depending on the specification, the new Isuzu D-Max is fitted with up to eight airbags.

Powertrain

Powering the new Isuzu D-Max are two turbodiesel engine options; a new 1.9-litre Ddi and a 3.0-litre Ddi powerplant. The former powers all single cab, extended cab and double cab models and produces 110 kW and 350 Nm of torque.

The high-end models in the extended cab and double cab fold are powered by the latter which produces 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque. A choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions is available as well as 4×2 and 4×4 guises across Single Cab, Extended Cab and Double Cab body styles.

D-MAX 3.0 Ddi-Double-Cab V-Cross 4×4 Rearview City

Warranty and Service Plan

The new Isuzu D-Max comes standard with the brand’s Complete Care which comprises a standard five-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance, as well as a five-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty. In addition, a five-year/90 000 km service plan is included in the purchase price, with service intervals scheduled every 15 000 km or annually, whichever comes first.

Pricing

VariantPrice (New)
1.9 Ddi Single Cab HRR 401,700.00
1.9 Ddi Single Cab HR LR 421,000.00
1.9 Ddi Single Cab HR L A/TR 439,200.00
1.9 Ddi Single Cab 4×4 LR 506,200.00
1.9 Ddi Single Cab 4×4 L A/T RHDR 528,800.00
  
1.9 Ddi Extended Cab HRR 433,600.00
1.9 Ddi Extended Cab HR LR 448,500.00
1.9 Ddi Extended Cab HR LSR 477,000.00
1.9 Ddi Extended Cab HR LS A/TR 496,200.00
3.0 Ddi Extended Cab HR LSE A/TR 595,100.00
3.0 Ddi Extended Cab 4×4 LSE A/TR 670,300.00
  
1.9 Ddi Double Cab HR LR 498,900.00
1.9 Ddi Double Cab HR L A/TR 517,100.00
1.9 Ddi Double Cab HR LSR 520,800.00
1.9 Ddi Double Cab HR LS A/TR 537,500.00
1.9 Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LR 575,900.00
1.9 Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LS A/T RHDR 629,300.00
3.0 Ddi Double Cab HR LSE ATR 716,400.00
3.0 Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LSR 679,400.00
3.0 Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LS A/TR 697,200.00
3.0 Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LSE A/TR 771,100.00
3.0 Ddi Double Cab V-Cross HR A/TR 760,100.00
3.0 Ddi Double Cab V-Cross 4×4 A/TR 814,700.00

What We Like: Improved interior, off-road capable

What We Don’t Like: Engine rattling sound still exists

D-MAX 3.0 Ddi-Double-Cab V-Cross 4×4 Frontview City

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