The Road Ahead : February March 2009
motoring ... motoring . DRIVE TIME DRIVETIME REVIEW JOHN EWING Romeo.” So penned C.J. Dennis in The Sentimental Bloke back in about 1915. But it seems that some of today’s lightf “W Romeo Se t W Sentimental e ta Bloke bac o e back in about 1915 9 5 But it seems that some of today s light commercial buyers should be asking the same question With fi nancially troubled GM selling off Isuzu to the Mitsubishi Corporation (not JOHN EWING ot s in a name? she sez Struth dunno dunno. Billo is just as good as So penned C J Dennis in ot’s in a name?” she sez. “Struth, I I dunno. Billo is just as good as product, though unlike Holden, Isuzu has adopted a diesel-only philosophy d t th gh lik H ld I h adopted a diesel-only philosophy. We drove the manual LS two-wheel- drive crew cab. Its 3.0-litre diesel engine with latest variable geometry system turbo offers pleasingly flexible and robust commercial buyers should be asking theyg p same question.i t th Mit bi hi C ti ( t Mitsubishi Motors), Holden has lost the use of the Rodeo name. The Rodeo, fresh from a facelift, is now sold by Holden as the Colorado. But Isuzu Ute Australia, with its head offi ce in Queensland, has also entered the fray selling Rodeo under the Isuzu D-Max nameplate. So what’s in a name indeed? Under the skin, D-Max features a ladder-frame chassis and essentially the same mechanical package as the Holden drove the manual LS two wheel t atest a ab e geo et y syste performance for its workhorse duties ff fl bl ith financially troubled GM selling offyg y I Isuzu to the Mitsubishi Corporation (not ii l di 4 4 d l drive crew cab Its 3 0-litre diesel engine with latest variable geometry system turbo offers pleasingly fl exible and robust performance for its workhorse duties. I’ l It’s also clearly discernable as a diesel,l l di It s also clearly discernable as a diesel courtesy of some telltale clatter Most courtesy of some telltale clatter. Most versions, including 4x4 models, offer a di l product, though unlike Holden, Isuzu has yy C i g th LS’ li t iComparing the LS’s list price with its closest diesel Colorado offering gives the Holden an $800 odd advantage But D-Max regains supreme thanks to added standard eatu es gg versions, including 4x4 models, offer aff bl th fi ve-speed manual or four-speed auto gearbox. Ride is more supple than some light trucks but, unsurprisingly, its high- ride suspension still shows its bias for load carrying duties when unladen. Steering and dynamics prove sufficiently competent, but similarly limited by vehicle design intent. Rear seats are better than many crewcabs, but the fronts are soft and lack support. lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution ($1000 option on the Holden), 16” alloys, cruise control, carpets (insteadi of vinyl matting) side steps and rear step t Comparing the LS s list price with itsith it closest diesel Colorado offering gives the Holden an $800 odd advantage. But D-Max regains supreme thanks to added standard features including anti- lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution ($1000 option on the Holden) 16” ll y sta da d features including a t (S) ($ p l g), p i h d advantage. c ud g anti ), 16 alloys cruise control carpets (instead of vinyl matting), side steps and rear step bumper,, leather-trim steering wheel andleather t itrim steering wheell and gear-knob, plus two extra speakers. Our D-Max LS also lands blows on major competitor Hilux for price and features. Toyota’s SR Dual Cab 4x2 diesel lists for nearly $900 more, but lacks (i d p airconditioning, ABS, LSD and alloy wheels in its standard equipment repertoire. There’s no auto option, only a lap, centre, rear seatbelt and 250 kg less tow capacity. The D-Max is an honest workhorse sold through more than 40 dealers nationally. ROAD TEST - Isuzu D-Max LS 2WD Crew Cab Ute STATS AHEAD PRICE: $34,800 KEY FEATURES: Airconditioning, 16” alloys, cruise control, side and rear steps, carpets, leather trim steering wheel and gear knob, CD. SAFETY GEAR: Dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, lap-sash seatbelts all positions. ENGINE: 3.0-litre, double overhead cam, 16-valve, 4-cyl. turbo intercooled common rail diesel MAX. POWER: 120 kW @ 3600 rpm MAX. TORQUE: 360 Nm @ 1800-2800 rpm (manual) 0-100 km/h: 14.2 sec 80 km/h-STOP: 28.4 m FUEL: (ADR FIGURE): 8.4 litres/100 km ANCAP CRASH RATING: ??? GVG EMISSIONS RATING: ??? FOR: Standard features and pricing, performance, fuel consumption. AGAINST: Front seat comfort, lower crash rating than some. eatur s 62 FEB FE a ures and pricing perfor EB MA 0 E /MAR 09 seat comfort,m ort lowerwe cr sh ra n t an FEB/MAR 09 g, p rformance,ce fue cons mpt on ras ating than someme. el con ump ion.
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