Isuzu will be launching the next-generation D-Max in 2020, a company official in Thailand has confirmed to us. The 2020 Isuzu D-Max will be developed in conjunction with Mazda, and has been recently spied testing in northern Europe.
Isuzu D-Max 2020 announcement
The company official, who works out of Isuzu’s Thailand HQ (where the Isuzu D-Max is manufactured), stated that the first models will be rolling off the production line in the latter half of 2019, and the first deliveries to European dealerships will take place in the first or second quarter of 2020.
Another surprising announcement is that Isuzu will no longer be cooperating with General Motors (the previous owners of Vauxhall) on pickups. The two companies have been cooperating on pickup trucks and 4×4 together since the 1980’s, on notable vehicles such as the Isuzu Trooper (also sold as the Vauxhall Monterey in the UK), Isuzu Faster (also sold at the Bedford KB in the UK) and the Isuzu TF (also sold as the Vauxhall Brava).
This relationship still continued, until very recently, elsewhere in the world, with the current generation Isuzu D-Max sold as the Chevrolet Colorado and Holden Colorado (two other General Motors brands).
However, General Motors pulled out of the agreement two years ago when it came to renewing the contract for the next-generation model; deciding instead to develop its own global pickup in-house.
Isuzu and Mazda join forces
Less than a month afterwards, Isuzu announced that it would be partnering with fellow Japanese manufacturer Mazda with the next-generation pickup. Mazda had previously joint forces with Ford to develop pickups (think Ford Ranger and Mazda BT50), but that agreement came to an end at the same period.
Around six months after the first Isuzu D-Max rolls off the line in 2020, the new Isuzu-based Mazda BT50 will go into production, although its unclear whether this model will be reintroduced to Europe. So far, very little is known about the new vehicle although there is a possibility of a larger engine being introduced into the new model.
Isuzu D-Max 2020 details
Isuzu, understandably, has remained tight-lipped about the new D-Max so very little is known. However, Professional Pickup understands that the chassis is an ‘evolution’ of the current generation although, on surface, virtually every panel will be changed.
The test mule employed the current 3-leaf spring suspension system, which only replaced the 5-leaf system in 2018, but Yugo Kiyofuji – director of product planning at Isuzu Australia – suggested that they may switch to coil-springs.
With its larger, boxier grille and thinner U-shaped LED headlights, the Isuzu sports a more ‘aggressive’ and ‘powerful’ appearance which, so far, seems to be a big improvement. We’ll have to wait until the first official press shots until we can be certain though!
Isuzu D-Max 2020 images