Longer cab marks out new Isuzu pickup
The newcomer will make its UK debut on 23rd July during the Commercial Vehicle Show at the Birmingham NEC.
The D-Max will go on sale in June with four specification levels including for the first time an extended cab body configuration.
On offer alongside the familiar single and double cab variants, the extended cab is fitted with rear-opening side-access panels.
Power for the D-Max comes from a 2.5-litre twin-turbo common rail diesel engine, available with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The unit generates 161bhp with peak torque of 295lbft at 1400rpm.
New to the model is a ‘shift-on-the-fly’ system, which allows the driver to adjust between two and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds up to 60mph.
The D-Max boasts a three-tonne towing capacity and a payload capacity of 1,000kg.
Entry-level models start at £14,499 and standard equipment on these includes air conditioning, daytime running lights, electric windows and front, side and curtain airbags.
The £18,499 the ‘Eiger’ double cab adds projector headlamps, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels and body coloured bumpers.
Pay £18,999 for the ‘Yukon’ double cab and you gain a leather steering wheel with cruise and auto controls, a six-speaker sound system and 17-inch alloys.
Flagship model is the ‘Utah’, starting at at £21,499 for the double-cab automatic model. It gets leather upholstery, heated front seats and automated climate control, while the exterior features roof bars and rear parking sensors.
Isuzu expects the D-Max to follow the success of its predecessor, the Rodeo, which peaked in 2011 with 2,431 units registered that year, making the UK Isuzu’s biggest European market for the first time.
General Manager of Isuzu UK, William Brown, describes the D-Max as a significant step forward from its predecessor, adding; “I am confident that the D-Max will “continue to grow the brand’s sales and its enviable reputation.”
Words by: James Charman