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The all new bold new age Isuzu D- Max is coming soon to the Kingdom of Eswatini. Make sure that you do waste time and pre- order your new Isuzu D-Max, only at Mbabane Motors.

According to iol motoring South Africa, Isuzu Motors South Africa is confident that its new bakkie contender has what it takes to compete with the heavy hitters in the market, like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.

While the sixth generation Isuzu D-Max soldiers on in its more basic forms as an entry-level offering, the new one is available in a comprehensive range of 33 models, comprising Single Cab, Extended Cab and Double Cab body styles, 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, two new engines and five trim grades in the form of Standard, L, LS, LSE and V-Cross. Prices range from E406 875 to E814 700.

It’s a bold-looking bakkie with its ‘dragon-eye’ headlights, large grille and more purposeful stance, thanks to its 5mm higher bonnet and 10mm lower roofline. It looks particularly racy in V-Cross trim, which goes up against the likes of Wildtrak and Legend with its gun metallic finishes and distinctive hooped sports bar.

The new model is bigger and more spacious in all key areas, Isuzu says, and a quick sit-behind myself on the launch confirmed excellent legroom, although taller-than-average rear occupants might find the headroom a little tight – something not uncommon in the bakkie world.

From behind the wheel, the new Isuzu D-Max is a revelation, at least compared to its predecessor which had fallen behind the times. The redesigned bakkie shares its cabin architecture with the new Isuzu MU-X, and it’s a far cleaner and classier design than before; it’s also easier to get comfy behind the wheel as the steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach.

The newcomer plays technological catch-up too, with a fresh 9-inch touch screen infotainment system in the LSE and V-Cross models. The LS gets a smaller 7.0-inch touch screen system, while the lower-spec variants receive a traditional radio complete with a CD player and Bluetooth. You remember CDs right?

The interior is a big improvement overall, but the new infotainment systems are a bit basic in terms of what they offer, with no fancy features or apps, although that might not be a problem for your more traditional bakkie buyer.

As mentioned, there are two new engines. A 1.9-litre turbo diesel takes the place of the previous 2.5 unit, and it produces 110kW at 3600rpm and 350Nm from 1800 to 2600rpm. Topping the range is an upgraded 3.0-litre turbo diesel that thumps out 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm from 1600 to 2600rpm. Depending on the derivative you’ve chosen, the engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission

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