The Isuzu KB has been a trusted name in the bakkie market in South Africa stretching over 40 years and six generations, boasting a proud heritage that was built on reliability, capability, durability and trust. The popular Isuzu bakkie range is entering an exciting new chapter with a name change from KB to D-MAX, re-aligning it with global markets without losing its proven qualities that have built its success over the years.
The new Isuzu D-MAX range has expanded to a line-up of 30 models for South Africa and 13 models for export markets, all of which are assembled at the Struandale Assembly Plant in Port Elizabeth for the South African market, as well as for export to Sub-Saharan Africa where the D-MAX name has been in use since 2013. The revised range is enhanced for a more appealing and competitive Isuzu bakkie in terms of luxury and quality.
Outside a new grille and headlight design immediately catches the eye with the new projector-type Bi-LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights introduced on the extended and double cab models, there are restyled foglamp bezels framed by chromed vertical accents on the LX models.
Inside a new generation infotainment system, incorporating an eight-inch full colour touch screen replaces the 6.5-inch version used in the previous model. The fully featured system incorporates the display for the rear-view camera, and facilitates Bluetooth hands-free cellphone use and audio streaming.
Isuzu customers are also now able to select as an option, the all-new premium Alpine infotainment system that first debuted on the Isuzu mu-X sport utility vehicle (SUV). The Alpine infotainment system boasts a high-mounted nine-inch screen that is Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) ready, and additionally provides access to built-in navigation, as well as USB, Aux and HDMI video inputs. It also links Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto, once it is made available in South Africa.
On the safety front, the ABS brakes on all D-MAX LX models are now equipped with Isuzu’s Brake Override System (BOS) for the first time. The system restricts accelerator input if the brake pedal is applied simultaneously, thereby reducing stopping distances in an emergency. The standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control has also been bolstered with the addition of Trailer Sway Control (TSC) that detects and minimises the effect of a trailer or caravan beginning to sway from side-to-side. The 3.0-Litre 4X4 LX derivatives is capable of hauling 3.5 tons.
All Isuzu D-MAX models are sold as standard with a comprehensive 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.