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  • Isuzu have vehicles that will add a new dimension to your lifestyle with true towing capacities you can use in the real world to tow that fully loaded massive caravan, or full horse float.
  • Built tough, and built to take 7 on real adventures - both on road and off. There is only one Mu-X because it has everything you need built right in.
  • The Isuzu Mu-X boasts an interior that can honestly seat 7, with a third row layout built for real world use.
  • The Isuzu D-Max is built tough, can tow a whopping 3.5 tonne fully loaded, & can play as hard as it works. Our range of used vehicles has plenty of work left in them, that's what you get when the build is tough!

Drive your dream with Bowater Isuzu

The Isuzu Mu-X - an SUV that can take an adventure


This is a 4WD that’s made for passengers, and for adventure. Whether you’re navigating the city or exploring this SUV’s 4WD capabilities off-road, you’ll enjoy a smoother, more enjoyable ride in the Isuzu MU-X.

Take 4 minutes to watch this amazing promo video - it really is all you need to get you on the path to getting a Mu-X of your very own!

The Mu-X is quite unlike any other SUV on the market. It is built tough on the same platform as the Isuzu D-Max, can tow 3 tonnes, and is a true 7 Seater. It also only comes in one specification - it has everything loaded into it that needs to be there. There are no optional extra's on better models because the Isuzu Mu-X has got it all! 

EXTERIOR that is built to take it tough, and look great whilst doing so!


Discover an SUV that’s ready to impress. Looking just as home in the city as it does off-road, the MU-X makes a striking impression. Sophisticated styling combines with adventurous undertones. The Isuzu MU-X makes a commanding impression, and the more you explore, the more you'll discover. Comfortable in any setting and on any terrain, enjoy the SUV that's a true all-rounder.



A spacious INTERIOR & TECHNOLOGY to make life easier

The MU-X has interior space that’s smartly designed and spacious. It’s not just the seven seats and wide door arches making it easy for passengers to get in and out, storage spaces are plentiful, and there’s leg space for all. An extensive cargo area with two rows of rear seats that fold down makes it easy to get in all the gear in for your weekend away.

An abundance of space combined with smart design and durability makes driving in the MU-X a delight for passengers, as well as the person behind the wheel. It's not just the numerous features that will impress, but also the level of comfort and well thought-out use of space – ensuring every moment you spend in your mu-X is time well spent.


Comfort and Seating

A new seat design in the MU-X utilises 'wrap-around' bolsters for increased shoulder, back and base support. Featuring luxury leather upholstery* on all seven seats and six way electric adjustment for the drivers position.

Two rows of split fold rear seats offers versatility for all occasions.

When you hear talk of 7 seater SUV's you often discover that the third row of seats is suitable only for younger children. With the Isuzu Mu-X this is NOT the case - the third row of seats can happily fit full sized adults - even Bowater Isuzu type ones!

*Leather on body contact areas of seat


Premium Audio and DVD

The premium audio sound system includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity plus audio streaming, eight speakers and Live Surround Sound combine with a 10” roof mounted rear monitor to provide an unparalleled entertainment experience.

The backseat passengers can be treated to watching a DVD whilst you are on the move - that will keep the kids quiet on long road trips!


Touch Screen with Satellite Navigation

Our premium touchscreen system offers an amazing level of versatility that allows you to switch between answering calls, playing music or finding your way home at the simple tap of a screen.

The intuiative navigation system is large and easy to use.


Bowater Isuzu - home of some serious utes!

The Only light trucks made by actual truckmakers. And now creators of a truck tough SUV.
Let the team at Bowater Isuzu show you why so many are raving about the D-Max...

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The emergence of a proper 7 seater option built tough and built for the whole team! 

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Built tough for real world use, there is now a proper 7 seater option to transport the whole team!

New in 2014 was the Isuzu Mu-X: a true 7 seater SUV that is built tough, and built to handle a real adventure. These signalled the start of a new trend in New Zealand. The start of a new class of vehicle. The true 7 seater. For adults. For far to long the only options provided a third row of seats that were at best suited to transporting young kids. You put a larger than normal teenager in that row for a long road trip and be prepared for several hours worth of teenage angst!!!

Not only will it perform like a trooper off the road, but the journey to the start of your adventure will be comfortable and quiet, with all of the modern conveniences at your fingertips, and a state of the art media system in the back to keep all of the troops entertained.

The tough Isuzu D-Max and Isuzu MU-X now comes with a new Unlimited Kilometre 3 Year Warranty.

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Here's the low down on what is covered:

Isuzu D-Max & Isuzu MU-X vehicles distributed by IUNZ (Isuzu Utes New Zealand) first registered new in New Zealand from and including 1st January 2019 to 30th June 2020.

What period is covered?

The new Isuzu Unlimited Kilometre 3 Year Warranty expires 3 years from the date of first registration new in New Zealand no matter how many kilometres the vehicle is driven in that 3 year period.


The Isuzu Story.  

Isuzu is a powerful market leader in truck sales worldwide. It is the world's largest diesel engine manufacturer, the largest truck builder and Japan's oldest vehicle manufacturer.

That is one of the reasons the Bowater Motor Group obtained this franchise.
Isuzu have made solid and dependable light trucks like the Isuzu D-MAX for generations, and the D-MAX range is the perfect 'rugged' option for farmers, trades people, hunters and weekend warriors.

The importing company and the entire nationwide dealer network are 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Isuzu is very much a Kiwi story. The brand is well-known here and has a strong reputation on farms, throughout rural districts and, in town, among contractors and service trades. The double-cab D-Max is a great truck for private owners with a taste for adventure also, that is why Swazi have teamed up with D-MAX as they recognise the potential of this rugged ute.

If you are in the market for a serious utility vehicle / light truck the team at Bowater Isuzu are keen to explain the benefits of the Isuzu range.


Contact us at Bowater ISUZU.

106 Rutherford Street, Nelson, 7040
Postal: PO Box 160, Nelson, 7040
Sales (New and Used)
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Saturdays 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday Closed
Parts and Service
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

During these hours you can phone us on (03) 548 4906  to speak to one of our team members.

Isuzu D-MAX - tough, reliable & strong

This ute can Work as hard as it plays.

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Welcome to the modern world of comfort and safety. They come in handy.

The D-Max range of utes brings together modern technology, ruggedness and built-to-last engineering. Whilst these are tough trucks, Isuzu have not scrimped on the comfort levels. This workhorse can also be a place of refuge after a long,wet day in the bush, or on a long drive hauling the boat to that secret location for the really big biters!

Tough enough to take a beating, powerful enough to move mountains, plenty of room in the tray - and all with its world-famous fuel efficiency to keep your costs to a minimum. It's the pick-up truck you'll be glad to have on the payroll, or waiting for you at the end of the track. No matter what your lifestyle demands, ISUZU D-MAX will take it to the limit, and bring you back again.

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Isuzu continues to build a reputation for diesel engines since developing Japan's first air-cooled automotive diesel engine in 1936. Constant technological improvements, innovations and in-depth experience across the production of more than 26 million diesel engines means Isuzu is an established global leader in developing capable and efficient engines for all kinds of applications.

It's not just space and comfort that the interior of the Isuzu D-Max delivers. State of the art features like the built-in GPS enabled audio system with 8-speaker surround sound and Bluetooth connectivity all feature controls that are effortless to reach and simple to use. The 8 inch touch screen is the perfect size to view whats going on behind you while reversing allowing you to easily attach a trailer.

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The unwavering commitment to performance is on show in the ever popular 430Nm 4JJ1-TC Hi-power 3.0 litre engine with Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbo charger. This engine delivers practical torque for improved highway acceleration, genuine off road performance and uncompromised 3.5 tonnes towing capacity.


Clearly displays trip information like fuel economy, range and average speeds, including overall distance and time in an attractively styled self adjusting instrument binnacle. The complete Isuzu D-Max Ute dashboard features Key-in-ignition, Headlamps on, Handbrake, fuel consumption, Service Due warnings and Service reminders.


Isuzu's 'universal design' concepts drives development and inclusion of features that are intuitive to use, easy to reach and greatly improves occupant and driver convenience. An abundance of thoughtfully placed storage and cup holders complete the interior giving it a striking sense of design and function. The D-Max offers all of the luxury appointments expected in modern vehicles.


Careful attention to detail allows Isuzu to deliver higher levels of active safety features. Safety features like Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) show that at Isuzu, safety is always the first thought.

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Here is a nice wee bit of inspiration for all of you adventurers out there!

Be a Good Bastard - Robin Dicey

Planning on a summer roadie? This is Robin Dicey and his D-Max Trixie. They've just been on one hell of a roadie...

Posted by Isuzu Utes New Zealand Ltd on Sunday, 23 December 2018

Looking back at the Isuzu D-Max.

It all started back in 1963 with the ISUZU Wasp. Now almost 50 years later, the all new D-MAX defines this latest era in utes. With purposeful styling, superior comfort and safety and our most efficient diesel engine ever, the all new ISUZU D-MAX impresses. Whether you're hauling a big load, powering through the work week, cruising on the weekend or heading off road, this is one ute you can depend on.

Over the years we have been proud to deliver a significant amount of these reliable work horses to the top of the south, and have a good range of used ones on our yard as well. 

Here are some of our older models as photographed back in the day when they were our new model demonstrators. 


The D-MAX is available in 3 different cab options, in 2WD or 4WD, and sharply priced compared to the competition. A slap on a camo wrap and you have yourself an ultimate zombie apocalypse survival tool, or an equally awesome hunters truck, like this one we did up back in 2012!

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Everything we've learned from more than 70 years and 20 million diesel engines has gone into the most torque-fuelled D-MAX engine ever. All of power, and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes, gives you what you need to carry a heavy load, all backed by Isuzu's famed reliability.

Strength where it counts.

The D-MAX hails from a line of the world's largest truck maker so you know it's going to be tough. A strong chassis allows for even better balance and performance while delivering superior stability and road holding in all conditions using high-grade steel for strength, the D-MAX is nothing but tough. And that is important. If you want a workhorse that can handle it, you need to know it has got the bones to hold it all together.

Need more info? Just call in a go for a drive, that is all you will need to do to see the difference.