1 Feb 2008
By LUC BRITTEN
BASED on the Toyota HiAce-competing iLoad van, the iMAX offered eight seats and was available from launch with a 2.4-litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox or 2.5-litre turbo diesel with manual transmission.
Driving the rear wheels, the petrol engine's peak power and torque outputs were 129kW and 228Nm respectively, while the diesel offered 135kW and 392Nm.
The South Korean manufacturer claimed to have benchmarked the iLoad against its European and Japanese competition – the big sellers in Australia being the Toyota HiAce, Mitsubishi Express and Ford Transit – and to have raised the bar in terms of design, specification and value.
A five-year/160,000km warranty plus one-year roadside assist was part of the package.
In November 2008 diesel versions became available with a five-speed automatic transmission option.
April 2011 saw electronic stability control, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity became standard across the iMAX and related iLoad ranges.