Ghandhara Industries Limited (GIL) is gearing towards introducing the Isuzu D-MAX range of pickups that would rival the Toyota Hilux range in Pakistan. GIL has made a Technical Assistance Agreement with Isuzu Motors Limited (Thailand) to assemble and sell the Isuzu D-MAX pick up in our country.
The Isuzu D-MAX will create an ambience of competition as the segment was enjoyed by the Toyota Hilux till now. According to our sources, the D-MAX will offer a lot more than the Toyota rival and will be priced competitively too. Below is what you can expect from the Isuzu D-MAX in Pakistan.
The D-MAX in Pakistan will be available with a choice of 2 engines. Both the engines will be diesel powered units including a 2.5 liter 4JK1-TC TCX and 3.0 liter 4JJ1-TCX. Here is a brief comparison with the new 2.8 liter 1GD-FTV Hilux engine.
|Hilux 1GD-FTV||92.0||103.6||2.8 liters||177 PS||450 Nm @1400-2600rpm|
|D-MAX 4JK1-TCX||95.4||87.4||2.5 liters||136 PS||320 Nm @1800-2800rpm|
|D-MAX 4JJ1-TCX||95.4||104.9||3.0 liters||163 PS||380 Nm @1800-2200rpm|
Dimension wise the D-MAX is similar to the Hilux, but it’s a tad shorter in height and length but is slightly wider and has a marginally longer wheelbase.
|Isuzu D-MAX||Toyota Hilux|
The Key Features:
According to our information, the D-MAX will be available with Push-start, Airbags, Traction control with ESC, Projector headlamps with LED DRLs, Isuzu premium infotainment system with 8-inch screen and 8 speakers, and will offer high value 4×4 accessories including the bull bar etc.
Body & Transmission:
The Isuzu D-MAX will be available in single and double cabin with standard and premium trim options available with manual as well as automatic transmission. The D-MAX will reportedly offer more than the Toyota Hilux and it’s flagship Revo variant.
GIL will formally launch the Isuzu D-MAX pickup range in Pakistan by mid 2018.
Official prices are yet to be announced but considering the ongoing Rupee devaluation against Dollar, car & fuel prices in Pakistan are likely to go up. As per the information received so far the D-MAX price will range between PKR 25 lac to PKR 45 lac depending on the engine & configurations.
The initial batch of the Isuzu D-MAX pickups will be imported while the company intends to sell the D-MAX at a discounted price initially in order to capture greater market share which will be a good move. We will have to wait and see if the D-MAX is able to dethrone the Toyota Hilux, stay tuned to CarSpiritPK for more information on the Isuzu D-MAX.
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