It’s been exactly one year since Isuzu Ute launched in Australia and it that time the brand has grown from having only 38 dealers to 62 as of this month. With only one model on the market Isuzu is expecting to finish 2009 with over 3,000 sales.
To celebrate its one year anniversary, Isuzu Ute Australia is releasing an Arctic Pearl Limited Edition crew cab ute. Unlike other limited editions, the D-Max is literally limited, with only 120 units offered.
The ‘Pearler’ as Isuzu staff call it, is essentially a D-Max optioned out and offered at a lower price than if a buyer was to pick all the options separately.
The options total $5,700 but Isuzu will offer the Pearler for just $3,300 more than the LS 4×2 and LS-U 4×4 crew utes on which it is based.
The most obvious stand out feature of the D-Max Ute Limited Edition is the Pearlescent White metallic paintjob (only colour available for the limited edition). The additional features include
The Limited edition D-Max ute will start the way for ‘ISUZU’ large format tailgate branding for all future D-Max models. Isuzu says the big logo will help differentiate the Isuzu products from relevant GM-badged utes and “recent skin-deep knock-offs” (which we suspect is a reference to Chinese cars).
Apart from the extra options, all D-Max Ute Limited Editions will come with standard air-conditioning, ABS with EBD, dual airbags, cruise, projector headlights, fold-in power door mirrors with turn indicators, leather tactiles, remote entry, electric windows with one-touch driver’s glass up and down, dual-bin padded centre console, electro-luminescent instrument display, LSD, lockable tailgate, chrome rear step bumper, side steps, alloy wheels including the spare and high-ride suspension.
The D-Max 4×4 range is available with Isuzu’s 3.0-litre, common-rail, variable-vane turbo-diesel engine (same engine found in Isuzu’s NNR 200 series two-tonne truck range).
The Isuzu D-MAX Arctic Pearl Limited Edition is available in 4×4 or 4×2, automatic or manual, with manufacturer’s retail pricing (excluding on-road costs) from $39,400.
The Isuzu Ute’s D-MAX range now totals 13 regular model variants ranging from 4×4 and 4×2 drivetrains, cab/chassis and ute variants as well as single, space and crew cabs.
Manufacturer retail prices (plus on-road costs) start from $24,900 to $44,200 (excluding the mentioned Limited Edition ‘Pearler’ crew utes).