Isuzu Bakkie 1.9-liter Isuzu D-Max Sets Impressive Record by Driving from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a Single Tank of Fuel
When you consider how expensive fuel is in South Africa, if you can have a vehicle take you to your dream destination on a single tank, is something that most South Africans will embrace, without thinking twice.
In South Africa, traveling from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a single tank of petrol has long been a challenge. Few manufacturers have attempted it, and even fewer have succeeded. In order to meet this challenge, an automobile must have both outstanding fuel economy and a gasoline tank with enough volume, two characteristics that are seldom seen in the same vehicles.
Yet, Isuzu has recently embraced this challenge with their One Tank Challenge. The goal was straightforward: a group of five motoring journalists and influencers would drive manual 1.9-liter Isuzu D-Max bakkies from Midrand to Signal Hill in Cape Town on just one 80-liter tank of fuel.
1.9-liter Isuzu D-Max bakkie One Tank Challenge
The One Tank Challenge commenced from ISUZU’s Midrand headquarters, with scheduled stops at Engen 1 Stop Shops located in Bloemfontein, Colesberg, and Laingsburg.
Both ISUZU SA and Engen SA collaborated in the challenge, and the journey included ten drivers, comprising of five driving pairs, who represented a combination of motoring journalists and influencers.
Four out of five pairs managed to reach the Engen Winelands One Stop in Cape Town, and three out of five managed to complete the challenge by reaching the finish line at Signal Hill without requiring an additional refill.
The journey spanned across some of the most scenic areas of the country, providing awe-inspiring views to the drivers. They drove with the air conditioning on and navigated through flat and mountainous terrains, covering a distance of 1,452 km. The average fuel consumption per 100 km was recorded at 5.58 litres, with a median of 17.93 km/L in terms of kilometers per litre.
“Vehicles were prepared in accordance with ISUZU SA’s specifications. The vehicle fuel and oil types were checked and ensured that they were at the right levels. Tyre pressures were inflated to the maximum recommended limit that the vehicles serviced as per the recommended service schedules.”
Said ISUZU Driving Academy, Grant McCleery
“No wing mirrors, aerials or any other items were removed from the vehicles. The diesel fills were monitored, and the tanks sealed under independent adjudication. Wheel balancing and alignment were checked to ensure that they were within the recommended specification,” McCleery added.
In conclusion, Isuzu has taken on the challenge of driving from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a single tank of fuel, a feat that requires a vehicle to have both excellent fuel efficiency and a sufficiently large fuel tank. Isuzu’s One Tank Challenge was pulled off with the 1.9-litre Isuzu D-Max bakkies, with the aim of reaching Signal Hill in Cape Town on a single 80-litre tank of diesel.
The journey spanned across 1,452 km of flat and mountainous terrain, covering some of the most picturesque parts of the country. The average fuel consumption per 100 km was 5.58 litres, with a median of 17.93 km/L in terms of kilometers per litre. The challenge was completed successfully by three out of the five driving pairs, demonstrating the capabilities of Isuzu’s D-Max bakkie.
Source: Isuzu South Africa