One of the more significant new models to be seen at the 2018 Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 on Sunday 4 November at the Killarney International Raceway is actually an old friend, updated and upgraded, under a new name.

Isuzu has given its long-running KB range of one-ton bakkies – in production in South Africa for four decades spanning six generations – a comprehensive makeover and rebadged it as the D-Max in line with international markets, while at the same time adding extra luxury and features in the top-spec derivatives to counter the onslaught of the ‘luxury bakkies’ from Europe.

The new D-Max is available in an impressive line-up of 30 models for South Africa, ranging in price from R256 100 to R606 400, and 13 for export markets.

The most distinctive styling changes, however, are on the range-topping three-Litre LX – in single, extended and double cab body styles – featuring a chunky new chromed grille and tapered chromed accents across new L-shaped headlight clusters. Extended and double cab models come with projector-type Bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as new fog-light bezels with chromed vertical accents.

The LX cabin features new soft-touch panels on the instrument cluster binnacle, more luxurious dashboard and door trims, piano black finish on the air vent grilles and window switches, and chrome trims on the door handles, locking knob, and air vent knobs. A new 20cm colour touchscreen that replaces the 16.5cm version of the previous model and includes the display for the rear-view camera as well as Bluetooth hands-free cellphone use and audio streaming.

The Alpine audio system first seen on the mu-X SUV, with a high-mounted 23cm screen, built-in navigation, USB, Aux and HDMI video inputs, is also available as an extra-cost option.

Baseline models come with Isuzu’s clattery but bullet-proof 2.5-litre turbodiesel four, rated at a conservative 58kW and 176Nm, driving the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. There’s also a high-output 2.5-litre common rail turbodiesel, good for a claimed 100kW and 320Nm, available with manual gears in rear or all-wheel drive. The three-litre turbodiesel, however, quoted at 130kW and 380Nm, now comes with either manual or automatic six-speed transmission, replacing the previous five speed ‘boxes, in either rear or all-wheel drive.

New safety features include hill descent control and trailer sway control, as well as a new brake override system that restricts accelerator input if the brake pedal is applied simultaneously, reducing stopping distances in an emergency and preventing sudden unplanned acceleration.

The new Isuzu D-Max will be available for test drives on the Reeds Isuzu 4×4 Track at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, 4 November, less than week after its South African release. In addition to the wide range of new cars and motorcycles on show, many of which are available for test drives or rides on the circuit or at the off-road Adventure City, there are rides to be had on the Skid Monster, Mad Max-style AfrikaBurn vehicles, Tractors and a Monster Truck.

Check out hundreds of classic and custom cars and bikes – from street sleepers to outrageous stance cars, from vintage roadsters to stately saloons – and feel the bass at the world-class sound-off. You can see motorcycle stunting, Freestyle Motocross, drift demonstrations by SA champion Jason Webb and a V8 tractor tug-o-war, go karting, catch the live bands, refuel your tummy at one of the five food courts, and much, much more.

The Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 will be open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

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