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Old 18th January 2015, 19:38   #1
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Isuzu only had one vehicle on display at the 2015 Bus & Special Vehicle Expo, yet it was quite the attention grabber. The model in question is Isuzu's mobile service vehicle based on the D-Max space cab arched deck.

Engine: 4-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbo-charged diesel
Max power: 132 BHP @ 3,600 rpm
Max torque: 294 Nm @ 1,800-3,200 rpm
Front suspension: Independent coil spring
Rear suspension: Rigid with leaf spring
Fuel capacity: 76 liters
GVW: 2,850 kgs
3 year/100,000 km warranty

Who says utility and looks can't go hand in hand:
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Functional bonnet scoop feeds air to the intercooler:
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Like the D-Max, the hard canopy too comes in from Thailand. I spoke with the general manager of Isuzu communications, Mr. Shankar Srinivas, and he was open to the idea of giving such additions at the dealership level:
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The gap between the main cab and canopy that covers the 6ft long storage bay:
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Roof rails on top:
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The covered storage bay with tubs of oil, lubricants, pans and other such service equipment to show the car's potential. It is at the end of the day a commercial vehicle, but Isuzu wants to portray it as a product with more than one personality. Isuzu says the D-Max Space Cab is one of the most preferred "owner driven" pickups:
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Notice the liner on the tail-gate & bed for protection (it wasn't there in TSK1979's test-drive vehicle). Tail-gate works as a supportive loading lip. Officials at the stall added that they have a couple of biking enthusiasts on their customer list:
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Warning signs regarding use of the canopy:
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With or without the canopy, the D-Max has character:
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215/70 R15 rubber:
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Standard issue interiors:
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Door panel/dashboard plastics are similar to that of hatchbacks. While they aren't premium, they definitely exude a feeling of sturdiness:
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No changes to the interior of this customised D-Max:
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A look at the area behind the seats:
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The workhorse diesel with 132 BHP & 294 Nm of torque on tap:
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Isuzu's dealer network remains tiny. Local production at the brand's plant in Sri City (near Chennai) will begin by mid-2016. Once localization is in full swing, Isuzu will get their pickups into the mainstream, and passenger vehicle spec variants will be launched. Simply put, sometime in the next 2-3 years, a CV license will no longer get in the way of buyers who want a D-Max:
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Commercial Vehicle Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Like the D-Max, the hard canopy too comes in from Thailand. I spoke with the general manager of Isuzu communications, Mr. Shankar Srinivas, and he was open to the idea of giving such additions at the dealership level:
This Canopy looks great , any pointers from where we can pick this presently ?
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I saw a similarly specced DMax service vehicle at the Isuzu cochin dealer when i went there for the test drive of the MU-7.

As per the sales person this hard canopy is supplied by Isuzu to their service DMaxes and not available as an accessory from the factory to the owners and because of that pricing was not available. When i asked him about the estimated retail price of the canopy if it were to be sold as an accessory he said that it would be in the range of 1.5lakhs.

Wish the crewcab version is launched soon!
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This Canopy looks great , any pointers from where we can pick this presently ?
Not available as an accessory yet. You can try speaking to your dealer about it, but otherwise you can consider fabricating one or wait until around late 2016, when Isuzu will most likely improve its accessory range.
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I wish the D max had 200 mm + of ground clearance rather than the 180 mm it does now, would add a lot of character and bulk to the already amazing looking pickup.
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Quite a good number of D-max can be now seen on road (Cochin).

The truck looks beautiful unlike any other goods carriers in the same class. Only disappointment is the yellow and white colouring. I am sure bright red and other solid colors would look good on these.

Perhaps, these mobile service units are the best way we could see these hardtops which looks great. 180 mm clearance will again be a concern for other applications.
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