In a move set to redefine the standards for bakkies in South Africa, Isuzu has unveiled the refreshed Isuzu D-Max, following its delayed official launch due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Available in the country for just over a year, the D-Max has already made a significant impact on the market. However, Isuzu is not resting on its laurels; the mid-cycle facelift of the D-Max aims to keep it at the forefront of the fiercely competitive bakkie segment.
One look at the refreshed Isuzu D-Max and it’s evident that the design team paid meticulous attention to detail. The exterior updates bring a fresh, contemporary stance to the vehicle while retaining the rugged appeal that South Africans love in their bakkies. At the front, a power bulge on the bonnet commands attention, while a widened and heightened front grille exudes confidence. The modernized headlights, now equipped with daytime running lights, add a touch of sophistication to the overall aesthetic. The addition of air curtains on the left and right of the front bumper not only enhances the vehicle’s aerodynamics but also contributes to its fuel efficiency, an essential factor for South African drivers covering vast distances.
|Power bulge, widened grille, modernized headlights, air curtains
|3-level L-shaped motif, larger spoiler for improved aesthetics
|Enhanced with air curtains for improved fuel efficiency
Step inside the new D-Max, and you are greeted with a blend of elegance and practicality. Isuzu has embraced the ‘Strong & Supple’ and ‘High-Class & Sophisticated’ concepts, giving the interior a fresh, upscale feel. The U-shaped instrument panel provides a stylish focal point, and the infotainment system has been upgraded with a user-friendly dial switch. Isuzu’s signature Miura fold pattern adorns the instrument panel garnish, door inserts, and seat materials, elevating the vehicle’s interior to a premium level. The seven-inch TFT display within the dashboard gauge ensures optimal visibility and enhances the overall driving experience.
|U-shaped design, Miura fold pattern on garnish, door inserts, and seats
|User-friendly dial switch, advanced features for seamless connectivity
|Enlarged seven-inch TFT display for improved visibility and readability
Safety is paramount, especially on South African roads, and the new D-Max doesn’t disappoint. Isuzu has incorporated next-generation stereo cameras that can detect pedestrians, oncoming vehicles, and objects at intersections. These cameras trigger the braking system automatically, enhancing safety for both the driver and pedestrians. Additionally, rear radars have been installed, automatically applying brakes if a hazardous situation is detected while reversing. The inclusion of adaptive cruise control and a heating element around the camera lens further demonstrates Isuzu’s commitment to ensuring a secure driving experience for its customers.
|Detect pedestrians, oncoming vehicles, and objects, trigger braking
|Automatically apply brakes while reversing in dangerous situations
|Adaptive Cruise Control
|Enhanced driving convenience and safety
|Around the camera lens for improved visibility in adverse conditions
Isuzu has not just focused on aesthetics and safety; they’ve also enhanced the D-Max’s driving dynamics. The traction control area has been expanded when the rear differential lock is engaged, providing better stability and control, especially in challenging terrains. The introduction of a rough terrain mode further solidifies the D-Max’s reputation as a capable off-road vehicle, ideal for adventurous South African drivers exploring the country’s diverse landscapes.
|Expanded area for improved stability with rear diff lock activated
|Rough Terrain Mode
|Enhanced off-road capability, perfect for South Africa’s diverse terrains
Under the hood, the D-Max retains its powerful and reliable engines. The 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine, producing 110kW and 350Nm, and the 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, generating 140kW and 450Nm of torque, continue to be the heart of this robust bakkie. With a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission, drivers can tailor their driving experience to their preferences and requirements.
The refreshed Isuzu D-Max stands as a testament to Isuzu’s commitment to innovation, safety, and style. Its elegant exterior, luxurious interior, advanced safety features, and enhanced driving dynamics make it a formidable contender in the South African bakkie market. Isuzu has managed to blend practicality with sophistication, catering to the diverse needs and preferences of South African drivers. Whether tackling rugged terrains or cruising through urban landscapes, the new D-Max is primed to deliver an unparalleled driving experience, setting new benchmarks in the bakkie segment. Isuzu has truly raised the bar, giving South African bakkie enthusiasts a compelling reason to get behind the wheel of the revamped D-Max and experience the future of bakkies today.