Smooth load-lugger with rugged looks

D-Max pickup
Rugged yet smooth... Isuzu promises much from the D-Max.

ISUZU has announced the final specifications and price structure for its all-new D-Max pick-up.
The vehicle is making its UK bow at the Commercial Vehicle Show, which is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from April 24 to 26. The D-Max will go on sale in June.
There will be four specification levels for the tough pickup, including for the first time in the UK, an extended cab body version. This will feature rear-opening side access panels and will join the double and single cab models.
Starting at £14,499 (CVOTR) for the entry level single cab 4×2 model (featuring lots of equipment as standard, including air conditioning) the range rises to £21,499.
For £18,499 (CVOTR) the Eiger double cab adds projector headlamps, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured bumpers to the standard vehicle’s daytime running lights, electric windows and front, side and curtain airbags.
Next in the range is the Yukon double cab (from £18,999 CVOTR) which also features a leather steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, and a six-speaker sound system, chrome exterior detailing and 17-inch alloys.
Top of the range is the Utah variant, offering luxurious creature comforts including leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control.  The exterior is enhanced with roof bars and rear parking sensors.  The Utah double cab automatic is priced from £21,499 (CVOTR).
The all-new D-Max is powered by a highly fuel efficient 2.5-litre twin-turbo common rail diesel engine, available with newly-developed six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions.  This advanced Euro5-compliant unit generates 163 PS and peak torque output of 400Nm at 1,400 rpm.  It also introduces a new ‘shift-on-the-fly’ system, allowing the driver to adjust between two- and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 60 mph.
As well as being the most comprehensively developed, most efficient and most refined Isuzu pick-up ever produced, the pickup is also a highly capable load-lugging workhorse. It has a three-tonne (braked) towing capacity and a payload capacity of 1,000kg.
William Brown, general manager of Isuzu UK, said: “The tough new Isuzu D-Max is a significant step forward from its very successful predecessor.  It is a highly capable tool for those working in the outdoors, and yet is extremely refined.  It features a very efficient Euro5-compliant engine while also exhibiting that rugged toughness for which the Isuzu brand has built such a solid reputation.  Every model is well-equipped and yet offers unbeatable load-lugging and payload capacities.  It delivers on every measure without compromise.
“With the support and dedication of the expanding Isuzu UK dealer network, which excels in sales, customer relationship management and aftersales service, I am confident that the all-new Isuzu D-Max will continue to grow the brand’s sales and its enviable reputation,” concludes Brown.
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