The Isuzu D-Max has been updated for the 2018 model year, with slight alterations to the interior, new technologies and a new suspension arrangement for a more comfortable ride. This is a very moderate update, and prices have only increased marginally to between £16,799 for the 4×2 Utility and £29,799 (both plus VAT) for the flagship Blade model with the automatic transmission.
While the Isuzu has been criticised for its lack of refinement, there’s no denying its rugged workhorse nature. Our survey of over 400 pickup truck operators revealed the D-Max to be the most reliable pickup in the UK (see the full results of the 2017 Pickup Reliability Survey) and it was one of the first pickups to offer a 3.5t towing capacity.
Isuzu D-Max 2018 alterations
This improvement, however, focuses on those traditional weaknesses. The number of leaf springs has reduced from five to three, and we noticed a huge improvement to ride quality, handling and noise from the road. However, the D-Max’s respected loading and towing capabilities haven’t been compromised as they’re now composed of a higher strength steel.
The towing capacity remains at 3.5 tonnes and the overall payload has actually increased by 10kg thanks to having fewer springs – which is ideal as its centred around the rear axle. Furthermore, Isuzu claims that the new steel has increased the longevity by improving the hydrogen resistance and slowing down the corrosion rate.
While the overall layout hasn’t changed, the armrests, binnacle and utility box lid are now composed of a cushioned ‘soft pad’ material which gives a more premium feel than the previous hard plastics. The air vents and glove box and window switches are now finished in a glossy black trim, and they also incorporate a new ‘D-Max’ emblem.
Trailer Sway Control
On all 4×4 models, Trailer Sway Control is now a standard feature. The system uses sensors to detect trailer sway and gently reduces the engine torque and applies the ABS to individual wheels to counter the sway.
There’s three new colours offered on the D-Max; Spinel Red, Sapphire Blue and Galena Grey. The range topping Blade will now be available in four colours, with the addition of Obsidian Grey and Spinel Red now offered in the colour line-up.
The updated pickups were officially launched on the 1st October 2018, so they are now available to test and buy from Isuzu dealers. The Isuzu D-Max update is backed by the impressive 5-year, 125,000 mile warranty and the service intervals are set at 12,000 miles or two years.