Isuzu NI team at Todd’s Leap.

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THE sig­nif­i­cant off road ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the new gen­er­a­tion Isuzu D-max was tested by North­ern Ire­land’s press at Todd’s Leap 4x4 ad­ven­ture cen­tre in Co Ty­rone last week. The new model farm­ers’ favourite pick-up was a run­away suc­cess with the many mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists at­tend­ing, in glo­ri­ous May sun­shine.

“The Todd’s Leap fa­cil­i­ties and staff are first class” said Isuzu NI Man­ager Alas­tair Kerr “There are ten miles of chal­leng­ing off road track that re­ally put new D-max through its paces. Our new gen­er­a­tion D-max sim­ply ex­celled all day – the North­ern Ire­land jour­nal­ists were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with its power de­liv­ery, and the new hill de­scent and hill­start as­sist func­tions that are now stan­dard across the Isuzu range.”

“This lat­est model D-max has an all new pow­er­train – up­dated trans­mis­sions driven by a new more pow­er­ful ‘Euro 6’ turbo diesel en­gine de­liv­er­ing 46 mpg com­bined – and avoid­ing any need for the ad­di­tional ex­pense, com­pli­ca­tions and frus­tra­tions of Ad­blue fuel ad­di­tive. The new six speed auto box was hitched to a fully laden six wheel trailer to let the press try it on a mix of Co Ty­rone roads – all came back en­thused by the torque, smooth­ness, and seam­less pulling power. The au­to­box drives ef­fort­lessly, and has sig­nif­i­cant en­gine brak­ing when throt­tled off. The auto switches to man­ual gear func­tion by pulling the trans­mis­sion shift to­wards the driver, to hang on to lower gears to max­imise en­gine brak­ing on steep in­clines. D-max fea­tures “switch on the fly” from 2WD to 4WD on the move, and also has a 4WD Low ra­tio func­tion.”

“The new hill de­scent con­trol is fan­tas­tic tow­ing off road on steep in­clines, a real added safety fea­ture. Reg­u­lar trailer users know how tricky a laden unit can be­come on off road slopes. En­gage hill de­scent at the push of a switch and the sys­tem takes the strain, ap­ply­ing power and brakes to each cor­ner to find op­ti­mum de­scent con­trol. Trailer driv­ers love it. Hill­start is use­ful too – no more ‘pogo­ing’ off the mark with a load on.”

“The 125,000 mile/5 year bump- er to bumper war­ranty and backup of our 5 year Euro As­sist made a great im­pres­sion. It sends out all the right mes­sages about our prod­uct build qual­ity and de­sign, par­tic­u­larly as many much more ex­pen­sive ri­vals don’t of­fer any­thing like the back-up Isuzu de­liv­ers within the ‘on the road’ price. With ‘Europe’ start­ing just min­utes from many North­ern Ire­land cus­tomers’ doors it’s huge peace of mind – if you run out of fuel or need help chang­ing the full size spare wheel supplied as stan­dard you’re never alone in the new D-max any­where on this is­land”.

“Don’t take our word for how good new gen­er­a­tion D-max is – come along to any of our six North­ern Ire­land spe­cial­ist deal­ers and take a com­pli­men­tary 48 hour test drive. Then you’ll un­der­stand why it’s the class leader. Be sure to say the Belfast Tele­graph sent you, you’ll be made most wel­come.”

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