This week saw the launch of the new Isuzu D-Max Auto, and I was fortunate to attend the launch in the beautiful Mother City (Cape Town). The D-Max 250 Auto range is Isuzu’s response to the growing demand for automatic gearboxes, and they did so well by introducing five new models. Here’s what went down.

The Smooth Operator

Headlining the expanded product portfolio is the eye-catching, lifestyle-oriented Isuzu D-MAX 250 X-Rider, which is now available in a five-speed automatic transmission for the first time. I call the X-Rider “The Smooth Operator” after having driven it up Chapman’s Peak, on the winding Fransschoek Pass and the gravel roads of Overberg. The drive was consistently smooth and quiet. The vehicle also complements the existing five-speed manual derivatives, available in two and four-wheel drive, that has been extremely popular in South Africa.

Isuzu D Max 250 Auto
Isuzu D-Max 250 Auto X-Rider

Legendary reliability, greater comfort and ease of use

As crucial models in the Double Cab line-up, Isuzu has also introduced the five-speed automatic transmission to the mid-range D-MAX 250 LE, as well as the popular workhorse-oriented D-MAX 250 Hi-Ride model. The gearbox is mated to the trusted 100 kW/320 Nm 2.5-litre intercooled turbodiesel engine.

The Hi-Ride is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission derivative, powered by Isuzu’s dependable 3.0-Litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel engine, which produces 130 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque.

As the most affordable offering amongst the newly introduced models, the entry-level D-MAX 250 Hi-Ride Auto is offered in extended cab form.

Isuzu D-Max 250 Auto Hi Ride Extended Cab
Isuzu Hi-Ride Extended Cab

Also new to the Double Cab range in a Hi-Ride trim-level is the addition of a 3.0-Litre automatic model matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

D-MAX 250 HO EXTENDED CAB HI-RIDE AUTOR 403,200.00
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB HI-RIDE AUTOR 435,300.00
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB LE AUTOR 459,000.00
D-MAX 300 DOUBLE CAB HI-RIDE AUTOR 464,100.00
D-MAX 250 HO DOUBLE CAB X-RIDER AUTOR 474,700.00

All Isuzu D-MAX models come standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000 km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km/12 months. Extended cover can be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans

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Pat Mahlangu

Thokozani Pat Mahlangu is the editor of Pat on Brands and the founder and CEO of Lerato Agency. He is internationally certified digital marketing professional and an Mcom Business Management graduate from the University of Johannesburg.

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