The new Isuzu D-Max is coming and it gives as good as it gets!

Isuzu enthusiasts gather round – the all-new D-Max was recently launched in Bangkok in Thailand, and if the initial response is anything to go bakkie, South African bakkie lovers are in for a major treat when the upgraded model makes its way to SA shores. Here’s a taste of what we can look forward to once the local release date has been finalised:


  • 20% more bodily rigidity thanks to an increased use of high-tensile steel.
  • Refined suspension, steering and braking systems.
  • A reimagination of the 4JJ1 3-litre turbodiesel that has improved from 130kW and 380Nm to 140kW and 450Nm.
  • An exciting new iteration of the 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine.
  • An upgraded four-wheel drive system that benefits from increased power, swifter shift times (both between RWD and 4WD and high and low), as well as an electromagnetic rear differential lock.
  • A more sleek and upscale interior (including a whopping 23cm display screen!).
  • That’s just the start of it – there is so much more to look forward to!

At the moment, the hope is that the D-Max for release to the local market will be constructed right here in sunny South Africa. “Isuzu is committed to this market as demonstrated by its decision to take over the light commercial vehicle operations as well as the balance of shareholding in the trucks business in South Africa, making this its first fully owned subsidiary outside of Japan,” the Isuzu SA representative said.

DID YOU KNOW? Isuzu bakkies may have been around in SA in some shape or form since 1972, but it was only in 1978 that the first Isuzu-branded bakkies rolled off the assembly line at the South African Kempston Road plant.

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