General Motors launches Isuzu pick ups
For the first time in the history of General Motors South Africa, both left- and right-hand drive export markets will be receiving the new Isuzu D-MAX from the company.
Built at the GMSA plant in Port Elizabeth, the new sixth-generation Isuzu D-MAX has seen extensive development by South African engineers, thus making it specially ready for African conditions.
The large-scale production operation forms part of a massive three-phase, one billion rand investment into the South African manufacturing and export facility.
Bigger, bolder and broader – the all-new Isuzu D-MAX – features brand new, sleek, evolutionary and modern styling with smooth lines.
It also features all-round increases in its proportions with overall length up by more than five per cent – 260 mm longer.
The width and height has also increased by 60 mm each – up by 3.0 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.
The growth translates into an increase in cabin room as well as load box size.
The all-new Isuzu D-MAX features an evolutionary design principle at the front and rear, where up-front the Isuzu badge and well-known D-MAX grille are large and prominent. High-end LS-grade models feature a chrome grille and accompanying bonnet garnish as standard, where Base-specification models feature a black grille.
The large, angular headlights on all models feature smooth-flowing lines which introduce the vehicle’s flanks.
Double Cab LS models feature stylish new projector-style headlamps, which in themselves feature Fresnel blisters which reflect light from the parking bulbs at an angle of 80 degrees for improved visibility of the D-MAX to other road users in low-light conditions.
Turbocharged models feature a repositioned intercooler, which now sits low down and in front of the engine instead of on top, reducing the amount of potential projections that may protrude from under the bonnet in the event of a pedestrian impact.
Semi-concealed windscreen wipers go even further to reduce the scale of pedestrian injury in the event of an impact.
By Suleiman Mustapha/Graphic Business/Ghana