UK UNVEIL OF AWARD-WINNING NEW D-MAX AT BALMORAL
THE latest generation Isuzu D-max will make its UK debut at Balmoral Show. The full new range of the farmers’ favourite pick-up will be on display on stand D8, along with the first Northern Ireland showing at Balmoral of the flagship Arctic AT35 D-max. The new D-max has already won its first accolade – winning Best Workhorse Pick-up at the 2017 Trade Van Driver Awards.
It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Trade Van Driver Awards judges have recognised D-max as the best workhorse pickup and they commented: “A hardworking, gutsy performer, the Isuzu D-max offers robustness, as well as class, plus incredibly low cost of ownership figures.”
D-max has been extensively overhauled, including a new and cleaner turbo diesel engine, producing 164 PS and 360Nm of torque driving a choice of new 6 speed manual or new 6 speed automatic gearboxes. The engine builds upon D-max’s workhorse character retaining 3.5 tonne tow- ing capacity and 1 tonne payload whilst providing a quieter, more refined and economical driving experience. A key benefit is that the new engine meets Euro 6 standards without the additional expense, or servicing costs and maintenance complications of Adblue.
William Brown, Operations Director at Isuzu UK, said: “To be recognised in the Trade Van Driver Awards once again is a great honour and testament to the quality of the new generation-d-max. Isuzu have achieved the seemingly impossible – more power, more economy, less emissions, quieter and more refined. In our opinion the best just got better, and we’re very excited to be having our UK public launch at Balmoral. D-max is firmly established as Northern Ireland’s farmers’ favourite pickup. Visit us at the Show and share your views – you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.”
Isuzu D-max is available in Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade specifications with a range of single, extended and double cab variants available. The range is priced from £15,749 CVOTR for the Utility model up to £27,999 CVOTR for the range-topping Blade model. All models now come equipped with full size spare wheels, and hill start assist and hill descent control make daily on and offroad trailer towing much easier. Top of the range Utah and Blade feature satellite navigation and are the only UK pick-ups to offer Apple Carplay and Android auto as standard.
The D-max comes with a class-leading five-year / 125,000mile warranty. Running costs are kept down by 12,000-mile or 24-month service intervals and importantly for Northern Ireland customers regularly engaged in travels to the South and further afield, five years’ European Roadside Assistance and Recovery are standard.
“The full range of new D-max is available now on the BASC and UFU Member schemes from any of our six Northern Ireland dealers” said Brown. “New D-max will work as hard on the farm as our customers do, try it for yourself at our upcoming demonstration drive events across Northern Ireland – contact your local Isuzu specialist for an invitation. Be sure to tell them the Belfast Telegraph sent you!”
Isuzu UK Director William Brown (right) receives the Best Workhorse Pick-up award