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New Isuzu D-Max – The competitors at every price point

Isuzu’s seventh-generation D-Max, previously known as the KB, has been launched in South Africa with the double cab models starting at R498,900.

If you want the maxed-out, top-of-the-line V-Cross specification, prepare to pay a minimum of R814,700.

While the starting price of the double cab Isuzu might be higher than that of the other local favourites – such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux – its most expensive model still comes in far below that of the equivalent Ford and Toyota.

The D-Max is therefore in a perfect position to field buyers away from other manufacturers – at least for the next few months – as it launched its new-generation bakkie in South Africa before the rest.

D-Max specifications

The new Isuzu D-Max Double Cab is sold in L, LS, LSE, and V-Cross trim levels, with two turbo-diesel motors fitted throughout the range.

The L and LS are somewhat barebones, providing equipment such as a multifunction steering wheel, electric windows, a 4.2-inch driver’s display, dual front airbags – and in the LS, also a 7-inch infotainment system.

Over and above this, the LSE and V-Cross see a vast array of additional niceties including a larger 9-inch display, keyless entry and start, automatic LED lights, dual-zone climate control, and parking sensors.

On the range-topper, Isuzu’s Advanced Driver Assist System is also standard.

Powering the bakkies is then a 1.9-litre or 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.

The units mate with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and can be had in both 4×2 and 4×4 guise.

The smaller motor puts out 110kW and 350Nm, supports a maximum braked towing capacity of 3,100kg, and carries a maximum payload of 1,000kg.

This is compared to the larger engine’s 140kW and 450Nm, 3,500kg, and 1,200kg.

The bakkies

We chose an entry-level, mid-range, and top-of-the-line Isuzu D-Max to see what’s on offer in South Africa for roughly the same price.

Click on the underlined prices to visit TopAuto Car Prices, where you can browse all the new vehicles on the local market.

Unofficial specifications are marked with *


Entry-level

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D Double Cab GL – R480,995

Specification Triton 2.4DI-D Double Cab Auto
Power  100kW
Torque 324Nm
Maximum payload 1,000kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 1,400kg
Ground clearance 220mm
Maximum water wading depth 500mm*


Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi Double Cab Hi-Rider XL Sport – R497,630

Specification Ranger 2.2TDCi Double Cab Hi-Rider XL Sport
Power  118kW
Torque 385Nm
Maximum payload 1,043kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 237mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Isuzu D-Max 1.9Ddi Double Cab HR L – R498,900

Specification D-Max 1.9Ddi Double Cab HR L
Power  110kW
Torque 350Nm
Maximum payload 1,000kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,100kg
Ground clearance 235mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


GWM P-Series 2.0TD Double Cab DLX 4×4 Auto – R500,900

Specification P-Series 2.0TD Double Cab DLX 4×4 Auto
Power  120kW
Torque 400Nm
Maximum payload 650kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 2,250kg
Ground clearance 232mm
Maximum water wading depth 700mm*


Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab SE – R509,500

Specification Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab SE
Power  120kW
Torque 403Nm
Maximum payload 1,064kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 221mm
Maximum water wading depth 450mm


Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab SR – R518,800

Specification Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab SR
Power  110kW
Torque 400Nm
Maximum payload 875kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 2,750kg
Ground clearance 216mm*
Maximum water wading depth 700mm*


Mid-range (1.9-litre)

Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi Double Cab 4×4 XLS Auto – R614,800

Specification Ranger 2.2TDCi Double Cab 4×4 XLS Auto
Power  118kW
Torque 385Nm
Maximum payload 900kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 237mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D Double Cab Auto – R615,995

Specification Triton 2.4DI-D Double Cab Auto
Power  133kW
Torque 430Nm
Maximum payload 1,015kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,100kg
Ground clearance 220mm
Maximum water wading depth 500mm*


Mazda BT-50 1.9TD Double Cab Active – R621,100

Specification BT-50 1.9TD Double Cab Active
Power  110kW
Torque 350Nm
Maximum payload 1,000kg*
Maximum braked towing capacity 2,100kg
Ground clearance 235mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Isuzu D-Max 1.9Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LS Auto – R629,300

Specification D-Max 1.9Ddi Double Cab 4×4 LS Auto
Power  110kW
Torque 350Nm
Maximum payload 1,000kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,100kg
Ground clearance 235mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab SE Plus 4×4 – R629,900

Specification Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab SE Plus 4×4
Power  120kW
Torque 403Nm
Maximum payload 981kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 221mm
Maximum water wading depth 450mm


Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab 4×4 Raider – R636,000

Specification Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab 4×4 Raider
Power  110kW
Torque 400Nm
Maximum payload 830kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 286mm
Maximum water wading depth 700mm*


Mid-range (3.0-litre)

Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab LE 4×4 – R715,500

Specification Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab LE 4×4
Power  140kW
Torque 450Nm
Maximum payload 1,008kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 221mm
Maximum water wading depth 450mm


Isuzu D-Max 3.0Ddi Double Cab HR LSE Auto – R716,400

Specification D-Max 3.0Ddi Double Cab HR LSE Auto
Power  140kW
Torque 450Nm
Maximum payload 1,200kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 235mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Ford Ranger 2.0SiT Double Cab 4×4 XLT FX4 – R718,800

Specification Ranger 2.0SiT Double Cab 4×4 XLT FX4
Power  132kW
Torque 420Nm
Maximum payload 1,011kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 237mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Double Cab Legend – R735,100

Specification Hilux 2.8GD-6 Double Cab Legend
Power  150kW
Torque 420Nm
Maximum payload 840kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 2,750kg
Ground clearance 286mm
Maximum water wading depth 700mm*


Top-of-the-line

Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab Pro-4x 4×4 – R804,500

Specification Navara 2.5DDTi Double Cab Pro-4x 4×4
Power  140kW
Torque 450Nm
Maximum payload 1,003kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 221mm
Maximum water wading depth 450mm


Mazda BT-50 3.0TD Double Cab 4×4 Individual – R806,300

Specification BT-50 3.0TD Double Cab 4×4 Individual
Power  140kW
Torque 450Nm
Maximum payload 1,095kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 240mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Isuzu D-Max 3.0Ddi Double Cab 4×4 V-Cross Auto – R814,700

Specification D-Max 3.0Ddi Double Cab 4×4 V-Cross Auto
Power  140kW
Torque 450Nm
Maximum payload 1,200kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 235mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


Ford Ranger 2.0Bi-Turbo Double Cab 4×4 Wildtrak – R815,200

Specification Ranger 2.0Bi-Turbo Double Cab 4×4 Wildtrak
Power  157kW
Torque 500Nm
Maximum payload 860kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,500kg
Ground clearance 237mm
Maximum water wading depth 800mm


VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI Double Cab Highline 4Motion Auto – R818,100

Specification Amarok 2.0biTDI Double Cab Highline 4Motion
Power  132kW
Torque 420Nm
Maximum payload 838kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,200kg
Ground clearance 192mm
Maximum water wading depth 500mm


Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 Double Cab 4×4 Legend – R824,500

Specification Hilux 4.0 V6 Double Cab 4×4 Legend
Power  175kW
Torque 376Nm
Maximum payload 835kg
Maximum braked towing capacity 3,000kg
Ground clearance 286mm
Maximum water wading depth 700mm*


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