Road-Tripping with Isuzu D-Max: An Experience in Fuel-Efficiency

In order to showcase the fuel efficiency of its new 1.9l turbo diesel D-Max bakkie range Isuzu has completed a test drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Behind the wheel was Grant McCleery, head of the Isuzu Driving Academy and former racing driver.

He drove a D-Max 1.9 Ddi Double Cab 4x2 manual. Over the 1,431km journey McCleery managed to only use 73.82l of fuel, translating to an impressive 5.1l/100km consumption. Additionally, he maintained an average speed of 100km/h over the distance.

This latest model's exceptional fuel economy was demonstrated in contrast to a similar test done in 2021 with the previous generation D-Max 2.5l Single Cab, which used 102.31l of fuel to cover 1,454km, an average consumption of 7.02l/100km.

Isuzu's D-Max models have a long history of reliability and excellent fuel economy. Isuzu Motors SA's goal was to highlight the budget-friendly capabilities of its D-Max bakkie range in response to the high fuel prices in South Africa.

The new 1.9l four-cylinder intercooled turbo diesel produces 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It has a 200 MPA common rail direct injection system and a high-efficiency variable geometry turbocharger that delivers excellent response and acceleration.

Built in Struandale, Gqeberha, this seventh-generation D-Max went on sale in 2022. No less than 24 D-Max models are on offer in South Africa, 16 of which powered by the 1.9 Ddi engine, including five Single Cabs, four Extended Cabs, and five Double Cabs.

Kevin Fouché, department executive: product planning at Isuzu Motors SA, said, “With the launch of the seventh-generation D-Max last year, we raised the bar significantly in all areas, including technology, safety, comfort, and refinement.”

Isuzu's latest road trip really demonstrates the exceptional fuel economy and technological advancements of its D-Max range, particularly the 1.9 models.

Get in touch with our team at Isuzu Truck Centre for more information or to book a test drive to experience the Isuzu D-Max bakkie yourself!