The Isuzu D-Max Blade is getting a new colour- Venetian Red- as part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary since the company first set up operations in Tokyo, Japan. The glowing red colour scheme will be limited to 100 D-Max Blade pick-up vehicles, so if you want one you better be quick!
The vibrant Venetian Red colour will leave a lasting impression as it takes hints from the same shade of red consistently used by Isuzu throughout the brand’s history. The top-of-the-range double-cab Blade is available from just £25,999 (CVOTR) in manual transmission and the eye-catching Venetian Red finish comes at no extra cost.
The Blade comes with a host of extra features and quality interior appointments for a premium level of comfort and refinement, including superior leather upholstery, 18-inch Shadow alloy wheels and choice of Black Mountain Top Roller Cover with Black Rear Style Bar or Colour Coded Aeroklas Leisure Canopy, all included as standard. When I tested one last year, it was fitted with the leisure canopy, and it was great to have it included in the price.
At the heart of the Blade remains a 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, producing 163 PS and 400 Nm of torque. With a manual gearbox fuel economy on a combined cycle is 38.7mpg. Owners also benefit from a heavyweight towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes (braked trailer) and 1,072 kg (manual) / 1,067 kg (auto) payload.
Isuzu entered its centenary year on a rich vein of form, as the longest-running Japanese car manufacturer continues to break sales records in the UK. With 6,220 vehicle registrations in 2015, Isuzu UK made a 13% year-on-year improvement while also recording a 478% sales boost compared to five years ago. Further model news is expected later in the year.
Every new D-Max sold in the UK is backed by a five-year / 125,000-mile warranty.