Gran Max as cute as a button

2009-12-14 12:31

YOU know when something adorable creeps into your heart even though

you don’t expect it?

Daihatsu’s Grand Max has this insane affect on everyone who

happens to cross its path.

It has a stubby little nose, looks tiny and is rather short in

length as well.

None of it matters because this bakkie is the cutest thing ever.

In fact, I would buy one just because of its personality even though I would

have no use for it.

Daihatsu has been synonymous with small cars in South Africa such

as the Charade or Sirion.

However, the Gran Max made its debut as the company’s

first light commercial entry.

The Gran Max has a reasonable-sized load box or flatbed as the side

and rear panels can be dropped or configured to your needs.

Even though it looks small, the Gran Max can carry a load of 1-ton.

I recently helped some friends move to their new home.

We easily fitted their

huge, heavy couch on the back along with their double bed and several other

boxes and items.

In the battle fields, it competes with similar models such as the

Chana Star and Hyundai H100.

Under its small bonnet lies a 1.5-litre DOHC VVTI engine pushing

out 77kW of power and 140Nm or torque.

This engine can also be found in

Daihatsu’s Terious sports utility vehicle.

It comes standard with an anti-lock brake system, power steering

and a driver airbag.

It is a simple vehicle with manual windows and locks, but

it is a pure workhorse and does the job.

Its loadbed is 2350mm long, 1585mm wide

and 340mm deep.

The turning circle is awesome at 10m so that means you can make a

u-turn in a cul-de-sac in one easy motion without having to struggle with a

three-point turn.

Driving it is hassle-free with responsive steering and gear


Only when you have nothing loaded on the back would you find the ride

quite bumpy.

When it is loaded with goods you’re set for smooth sailing.

It can’t be that bouncy though as I gave my friend and her 2-month

old baby a ride home and our little princess enjoyed it so much she fell right

asleep and suddenly woke up once the bakkie stopped.

There are also several options available such as the rubberizing

for the rear, detachable radio, tonneau cover and a rear step. A canopy is

available but then you can not use the drop-sides.

Daihatsu goes hand-hand with Toyota and this little pup is badged

as a Toyota to the rest of the world.

The Gran Max is priced at just R119 995 and that’s a great buy if

you’re looking for simple workhorse.

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