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2012-05-22 09:24

NEW ISUZU D-MAX: It's being sold in the UK with a five-year or 200 000km warranty and some top-end features.

 

LONDON, England - Isuzu UK has announced that its all-new D-Max pick-up, for which deliveries will start in early July, will be covered by a unique-in-class five-year or 120 000-mile warranty... that's almost 200 000km.

The D-Max was set to replace the Isuzu KB range in South Africa later in 2012 but has been delayed until the first half of 2013. SA will keep the long-known and well-loved KB branding and prototypes of of the truck were spotted testing in SA in February, 2012.

33 YEARS OF ISUZU IN SA

Isuzu SA said: "The South African market we will retain the name Isuzu KB because of the heritage and history of the brand here. In October 2012 we will celebrate 33 years of Isuzu production and 40 years of light commercial vehicle production in South Africa.

"To date we have built more than a half-million Isuzu KB units at our plant in Port Elizabeth. Most were sold in South Africa and in some of our neighbouring countries."

It will not, however, offer the extended five-year warranty.

With more than 7500 "expressions of interest" already received for the D-Max before it arrives on UK roads (and farms, building sites and country estates), Isuzu is anticipating a bumper sales year.

The bakkie's warranty includes a standard 36-month / 100 000km manufacturer’s warranty and an extended warranty* provided by the importer, Isuzu UK, for up to a total of 60 months or 120 000 miles, whichever comes sooner.

FOUR SPEC LEVELS

“Warranty cover for five years or 120,000 miles gives buyers of the new Isuzu D-Max peace of mind for longer than any other pick-up in the UK,” said William Brown, Isuzu UK's general manager.  “Isuzu has become renowned for producing rugged, durable pick-ups and we’re now demonstrating our absolute confidence in the toughness of our new product.”

The new D-Max will be available in the UK with four spec levels and three cab configurations – extended cab, single cab and double cab.  Prices range from the equivalent of R191 000 for the single cab 4x2 derivative, rising to about R284 000 for the range-topping Utah spec double-cab auto.

Even the entry-level model, in the UK, has a generous complement of standard equipment, including aircon, daytime running lights, power windows and front, side and curtain airbags.

'MOST REFINED'

Power comes from a 2.5-litre, twin-turbo, common-rail diesel engine available with a new six-speed manual or five-speed auto transmission. This advanced Euro5-compliant unit generates 122kW and 400Nm at 1400rpm.

"As well as being the most comprehensively developed, most efficient and most refined Isuzu pick-up yet," Isuzu says, "the all-new Isuzu D-Max is also a highly capable load-lugging workhorse: it has a three-tonne (braked) towing capacity and a payload capacity of more than 1000kg.

*The extended parts and labour warranty covers any defects in power train components or workmanship. This includes engine, transmission and drive line components and major ancillaries such as aircon compressor and power-steering pump.


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