Isuzu Ute first introduced its luxury specification seven-seat MU-X SUV to the New Zealand market just in time for the National Fieldays, and the one-size-fits all variant is available from dealerships for $65,990. Continue reading “Isuzu: 2014 MU-X and D-Max 4×4 LS-T review” »
Isuzu has revealed its 2012 D-Max ute at an event in Thailand before it goes on sale in selected markets from later this year.
The reveal follows the unveiling last week of the 2012 Holden/Chevrolet Colorado on which it is based.
The new D-Max shares the basics of its ladder-chassis platform and mechanical components with the 2012 Colorado but Isuzu’s ute gets a unique appearance. It will be distinguished by unique upswept headlights and a more conventional three-bar grille design.
In the cabin the D-Max will be almost identical to the Colorado with it’s dashboard, control stack and steering wheel all matching up with Holden’s next ute.
While full details for the new D-Max haven’t been revealed just yet, Isuzu has confirmed that a choice of two 2.5 litre diesel engines will be offered. Expect outputs of 85kW with 350Nm of torque for the lower spec diesel mill and 110kW with 470Nm for the higher spec model. There will also be an upgraded version of Isuzu’s 3.0 litre diesel which delivers 130kW and 380Nm of torque. Continue reading “2012 Isuzu D-Max ute revealed in Thailand” »
Christmas has come just a couple of weeks late for Kiwi ute buyers with the announcement that Isuzu NZ is reducing prices on its D-Max range. From Jan 17th prices have been dropped on every model in the range.
“With support from the factory we have been able to reduce the landed cost in New Zealand, and we are passing that straight on to Kiwi owners,” said the General Manager of Isuzu, Greg MacDonald.
It means that, for example the LS 4WD model which previously sold at $54,990 now costs just $52,490 including GST.”
“It’s rare to see vehicle costs coming down these days and, as a wholly New Zealand-owned and operated network, we are very happy to be able to support Kiwi buyers this way,” said Mr MacDonald.
Isuzu NZ has now included a single cab model in the D-Max range. The single cab variant now joins the four D-Max double cab models to further broaden the appeal to Kiwi tradesman.
Two further new models are expected to be added shortly.
“Tradespeople depend on their pickup every day and it needs to fit their specific needs precisely,” said the General Manager of Isuzu, Greg MacDonald. “For many, a single cab on the base chassis is perfect; they will tailor it to their own use from there.”
The new single cab D-Max will use Isuzu’s 3-litre diesel engine. It will be an LX model, the lower-spec variant, as that’s what tradespeople sought.
The cab-chassis will be followed next month by an auto transmission variant of the LS model two-wheel-drive which is currently available only in manual.
By December an entirely new shape will join the Isuzu D-max lineup: a Space Cab which is an extended single cab, in 4WD.
And further dealerships will be added to the Isuzu D-Max network as well.
The entire Isuzu D-Max operation incorporating the national import company and all dealerships are entirely New Zealand-owned and operated.
Mr MacDonald says that resonates with many people. “Whether they are farmers, tradespeople, weekend warriors or families carrying people and household items, D-Max fits the lives of Kiwis ¦ and they like to know they are dealing with New Zealanders at all levels of the local operation,” he explained.
Staging a comeback is a risky game, it didn’t work out that well for Muhammad Ali, and it’s not paying off for Michael Schumacher either. So why does Isuzu think it can stage an epic comeback into the NZ ute market with its D-Max? Well, probably because it never really retired. For many, many years Isuzu supplied Holden with its well-known Rodeo ute in NZ, then following a corporate divorce, Holden retained that same ute range but renamed it the Colorado. This ultimately left Isuzu with a vehicle that shares its underpinnings with the Colorado but has a badge and dealer network all its own. So like most comebacks, it’s a little complicated. All that aside, what’s the Isuzu D-Max really like? Car and SUV spent a week on the comeback trail with the D-Max to find out more.
A quick look at our top-dog LS crew cab D-Max reveals an unfamiliar face on an orthodox ute body. It’s not the prettiest ute around but the toothy chrome grille and vertically stacked headlights are certainly distinctive. The cab is quite flat sided but wheel arches flare outwards dwarfing the standard 16-inch alloys beneath. At the rear jeweled taillights flank a wide tailgate that has a dash of style with its subtle top lip. Chrome touches on the rear bumper, side mirrors and door handles finish off the high-spec look nicely. Overall, the D-Max is a serious looking ute, it’s built for a purpose and has rejected curves in favour of a more traditional boxy shape. In fact, if our test vehicle wasn’t finished in charcoal sheet metal it’d probably be wearing a wife-beater singlet and showing some serious butt-crack.