The Isuzu D-MAX range has been expanded in South Africa with five new automatic models added to the line-up.
The headlining act in the new 250 automatic line-up is the D-Max X-Rider, which is now available in a five-speed automatic transmission for the first time. The automatic model is only available as a 4×2. This complements the existing five-speed manual derivatives, available in two and four-wheel drive, that have been extremely popular in South Africa.
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.
“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.”
As a reminder, the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel delivers 100kW and 320Nm of torque. Combined cycle fuel consumption is claimed to be 8.1 l/100 km for the automatic models.
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.
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 EXTENDED CAB HI-RIDE AUTO R 403,200.00
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB HI-RIDE AUTO R 435,300.00
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB LE AUTO R 459,000.00
D-MAX 300 DOUBLE CAB HI-RIDE AUTO R 464,100.00
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB X-RIDER AUTO R 474,700.00