Thursday, 26 September 2013

Isuzu Launches The 2013 D-max In The Philippines:

Japanese commercial and SUV maker Isuzu has launched the much awaited 2013 Isuzu D-Max in the Philippines. The pickup truck that has been in production since 2002 has been launched in the island nation with the promise of offering a vehicle that adheres to global standards of excellence. The tough truck shares its platform with pickups from Chevrolet and GMC and the latest edition promises to not only be larger, but also of a tougher and sleeker build that has even undergone wind tunnel testing at the same centre as Japan’s bullet trains i.e. the Japan Railway Research Institute.

The company claims the D-Max has one of the lowest drag coefficients in its segment enabling it to deliver higher fuel efficiency. The truck is available in both 4X4 and 4X2 powertrains and 5-speed automatic and manual transmissions. It is offered with two engine trims. A 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel that pumps out a peak power of 146Ps and 294Nm of torque. The base LT 4X2 variant comes with a 2.5-litre turbocharged Common Rail Diesel Injection (CRDi) engine that produces a peak power of 109Ps and 280Nm of torque. The D-Max also offers a Terrain Command Dial that can make the car switch from 4X4 to 4X2 and vice-versa at speeds as high as 100 kmh.

Prices start at P 697,000 (approximately INR 10 lakh) for the base single cab 4X2 and go up to P 1,457,000 (approximately INR 21 lakh) for the top end LS 4X4 automatic. Isuzu offers a range of safety features such as side impact beams, 2 front airbags, Emergency Locking Retractors, ABS, EBD and BA. With a new audio system that features a 2-DIN CD/MP3/USB/AUX/Tuner with Bluetooth connectivity and a six way speaker system, Isuzu hopes to market the D-Max as a tough commercial off-roader and an everyday car. The car is available from September 18th, 2013 and will be locally assembled at Isuzu Philippines Corporations plant in Laguna Technopark, Binan.

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