D-Max pickup leads Isuzu drive

Isuzu’s stunning new D-Max pickup will get its UK premiere at next month’s NEC-based Commercial Vehicle Show, but prices and specifications have been revealed.

On sale from June 2012, the D-Max will be available with four specification levels and, for the first time for Isuzu in the UK, with an extended cab body configuration – featuring rear-opening side-access panels – joining the single and double cab variants.

The entry-level single cab variant starts at just £17,400, while the Eiger double cab comes in at £22,200. As well as air conditioning, electric windows and front, side and curtain airbags, the Eiger adds projector headlamps, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, 16″ alloy wheels and body-coloured bumpers, while the Yukon double cab (from £22,800) also features a leather steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, and a six-speaker sound system, chrome exterior detailing and 17″ alloys. The top spec model, the Utah, features full leather trim and automatic climate control and an automatic gearbox for £25,800.

Engine wise, the new Isuzu is powered by a 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, matched to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. Maximum power output is just 160 bhp, but there’s nearly 300 lb/ft of torque to get the car moving quickly with even the heaviest of loads.

To aid on-road behaviour, and improve fuel economy, the four-wheel drive system can be switched to two-wheel drive, and back, at speeds of up to 60 mph.

“The tough new Isuzu D-Max is a significant step forward from its very successful predecessor,” explains William Brown, General Manager of Isuzu UK. “It is a highly capable tool for those working in the outdoors, and yet is extremely refined. It features a very efficient Euro5-compliant engine while also exhibiting that rugged toughness for which the Isuzu brand has built such a solid reputation. Every model is well-equipped and yet offers unbeatable load-lugging and payload capacities. It delivers on every measure without compromise.”

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