Although featuring the same exterior changes as its Aussie sibling and the locally built KB, the D-Max does away with the European specific 120 kW / 400 Nm 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel for the same BluePower 1.9-litre oil burner used in the MU-X, albeit with a 40 Nm decrease in torque and unchanged power output.
Mated to a six-speed manual or similar ratio automatic gearbox, Isuzu claims the D-Max still retains its 3.5-ton towing capacity and ability to transport up to one-ton despite the smaller engine.
Available in single, extended or double cab configurations, the interior also differs slightly from the KB with the integrated touchscreen infotainment display making way for a seven-or nine-inch freestanding setup, equipped with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+.
In a further departure from the KB, the D-Max range, bar the very basic single cab utility, comes standard with four-wheel drive, which allows the shift from two-wheel drive to be conducted at speeds below 100 km/h.
As mentioned previously, Isuzu is unlikely to bring the BluePower to South Africa as a replacement for the popular but dated 2.5-litre D-TEQ engine soon, while it still remains to be seen whether the flagship 3.0-litre D-TEQ mill would benefit from the same torque upgrades as the Australian D-Max.
|1.9 Utility||£15 749 (R269 978)|
|1.9 Utility 4x4||£17 999 (R308 549)|
|1.9 Utility 4x4||£18 749 (R321 406)|
|1.9 Yukon 4x4||£20 499 (R351 406)|
|1.9 Yukon Nav+ 4x4||£21 649 (R371 120)|
|1.9 Utility 4x4||£19 499 (R334 263)|
|1.9 Eiger 4x4||£20 499 (R351 406)|
|1.9 Eiger 4x4 AT||£21 499 (R368 548)|
|1.9 Yukon 4x4||£21 499 (R368 548)|
|1.9 Yukon 4x4 AT||£22 499 (R385 691)|
|1.9 Yukon Nav+ 4x4||£22 649 (R388 262)|
|1.9 Yukon Nav+ 4x4 AT||£23 649 (R405 405)|
|1.9 Utah 4x4||£24 149 (R413 976)|
|1.9 Utah 4x4 AT||£25 149 (R431 119)|
|1.9 Blade 4x4||£26 999 (R462 833)|
|1.9 Blade 4x4 AT||£27 999 (R479 975)|