Moving forward with Isuzu South Africa

Isuzu have updated their current D-Max and mu-X and enter into the final phase of testing of the 2021 D-Max

Reuben Van Niekerk

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown the engineering and product development team at Isuzu has been hard at work making changes to their current line-up of vehicles with some key updates for 2020 as well as engineering and durability testing on the upcoming next generation D-Max bakkie.


Automatic for 3.0 litre Double Cab X-Rider Automatic

Isuzu has for the first time made the X-Rider available with a 3.0 litre engine and automatic transmission a decision that was made given the popularity of automatic transmissions in this segment.


The 3.0 litre receives all the X-Rider touches including a black grille with red Isuzu badge and a black bumper guard, black side steps, matt black roof rails, X-Rider Sport bar, lockable tailgate with rear view camera and a standard 3.5-ton tow bar. 18-inch wheels are available in black or diamond cut.


Inside X-Rider touches include black leather seats with red stitching and leather wrapped steering wheel with red Isuzu logo. The door panels and centre console have a piano black finish with X-Rider logo. Infotainment is standard 8-inch AX2 TFT touch screen with steering wheel controls.


The 3.0 litre Double Cab X-Rider Automatic will enter the market at R551 100


Repositioned LX and LE models

The rest of the D-Max model range has received cosmetic changes to enhance the luxury feel of the leisure models, which now feature an all black interior including a black roof liner and black cladding on the pillars.


4x2 models now come standard with a tow bar and sports bar. The LE models have been repositioned to make them more attractive to fleet buyers and better positioned against their main rivals.


3.0 litre mu-X 4x4 and 4x2

Isuzu’s seven-seater SUV has received cosmetic updates including the addition of piano black inserts on the front grille, lower bumper valence and front fog light bezels. The mu-X is now fitted with a stylish new 18-inch wheel and black running boards with piano black inserts.


Interior updates include soft leather trim and a piano black finish on a host of surfaces including the door panels complete with LED ambient lighting.


The mu-X features an eight-speed audio system with iPod and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Standard fitment is an Ax2 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, while a larger 9-inch multi-function Alpine infotainment system with satellite navigation is offered as an optional extra.


The Isuzu mu-X is available in two models, the mu-X 3.0 4x2 six-speed automatic, which retails for R643 100 and the Mu-X 4x4 six-speed Automatic, which retails at R712 200


Next generation D-Max bakkie

Isuzu has announced that work is underway on the engineering and testing of the next generation D-Max bakkie, which will be, manufactured ay Isuzu’s assembly plant in Port Elizabeth.


The new D-Max is expected to be a big step forward for Isuzu in all respects. It offers state of the art technology to enhance the driving experience, efficiency and safety. Isuzu understands that customers have very high expectations for the D-Max so a significant amount of work is being done to ensure that they deliver a vehicle, which is capable of coping with our challenging environment.


Areas that are receiving specific local attention include testing of the load box, dust sealing, suspension tuning and development of local dampers, development of all terrain tyres, rear differential lock and axles, wiring harnesses as well as accessories such as canopies, roll bars and nudge bars. The new D-Max is expected to be launched in South Africa in 2021.