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2009-10-08 08:03
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Daihatsu
Model Gran Max
Engine 1.5l 16v
Power 71kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque 134Nm @ 4 400r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual
Fuel Tank 43l
Steering Power assisted
Airbags No
Front Suspension McPherson struts with coil springs
Rear Suspension Five-blade leaf
Want a Japanese one-ton bakkie for under R130 000? Daihatsu’s Gran Max could be where it’s at for your requirements.

Featuring a delivery van-like cab-forward design, this one-tonner is now available locally, undercutting most traditional entry level one-ton bakkies on price, slightly…

Terios engine

Powering the rear-wheel drive Gran Max is a Terios sourced engine, which Daihatsu claims has been deftly reconfigured for the workhorse application. Simply put it makes less power and should last longer under workhorse conditions…

In the new bakkie the 1.5l double-overhead camshaft (DOHC) unit produces 6kW less than the Terios (Gran Max peaks with 71kW at 6 000r/min), with maximum available rotational force down by a similar number in terms of Nm, cresting at 134Nm on the output graph.

If you're concerned about the inherent peakiness of a small capacity DOHC valve-gear engine doing duty in your one-ton delivery truck, there is 120Nm of torque (90% of the peak number) on-line from 2 000r/min thanks to the Gran Max's variable-vale timing system.

Daihatsu claims Gran Max should average 7.5l/100km, which is a good thing considering the rather small 43l tank – truncating operational range.

ABS onboard

Suspension is of the McPherson strut independent type up front, whilst five-blade leaf springs at the rear drive axle should ensure the Gran Max is up the task of hauling a full ton.

Although the Gran Max does not feature cabin airbags for occupant safety, it does have ABS modulated brake intervention at all four wheel corners.

The loadbed (2.3m x 1.58m) is completely flat (no wheelarch intrusion) and features drop-side panels for easy loadability.

Suggested retail is R129 995.


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