Daihatsu Gran Max 1.5 DOHC 1 Ton
The Gran Max is a very different workhorse 1 ton bakkie designed for urban use. For the price of a half ton bakkie you get a full ton.
Its cab forward design maximises the available load area, while still offering a spacious cabin with seating for up to three occupants.
The load bed is 2,4 m long and 1,6 m wide, creating a flat-floored cargo area of more than 3,7m².
With a full one-ton carrying capacity, and drop sides around the cargo area, the Gran Max offers really easy loading.
A low load height of just 720 mm makes loading easy, while a turning circle of 10m allows exceptional maneuverability around town. It is a town bakkie, not meant for the long road.
Functionality and utility are core for this light truck. The raised cabin and generous glass areas ensure exceptional visibility, while the seating combines a two-seater bench for passengers with an independently adjustable driver seat. The seats get a little uncomfortable after a while.
The gear lever is located in the dashboard, close to the steering wheel, freeing up further legroom and ensuring that the Gran Max can accommodate three occupants. But not much else. There is no spare space in the cabin.
The 1.5 L Dynamic Variable Valve Timing engine develops 76kW and 134Nm at just over 3 000rpm. Fuel consumption of around 7,7 litres/100 km can be expected.
There is a slightly higher spec model for an extra R10 000 which adds dual front airbags to the safety equipment list, together with air-conditioning.
Retail price is R139 995. The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty.