Chinese Qingling Pickup Truck Is a Half-Price D-Max

A new Isuzu D-Max is arriving imminently but, should you pine for the old model but want a sharper, more modern look, China’s Qingling Motors can provide just the thing with its Taga Daka H pickup truck.

Qingling is launching the truck in China this year, and it’s little more than a lightly fettled Isuzu D-Max. That isn’t so surprising, as Qingling and Isuza have set up a joint venture, with Qingling building the D-Max-based truck locally.

A Qingling Taga already exists, itself based on the D-Max. However, while the Taga and other D-Max-based models (such as the Holden Colorado or new Mazda BT-50) are little more than badge-swapping exercises, the Taga Daka H has had a significant restyling.

Chinese Qingling Taga Daka H pickup truck front

Gone is the dated front end, replaced by a contemporary design that’s a little reminiscent of the latest Mitsubishi L200. Narrow headlights sit high up, above an enormous open grille flanked by tall indicators and fog lights. The rear gets lashing points around the load bed, as well as convenient steps in the rear bumper to aid access.

The rest of the silhouette remains much the same, but Qingling has taken huge strides inside. Gone is the dour cabin of the D-Max, replaced by a modern interior dominated by a 10.0-inch digital infotainment screen. The instrument panel has been replaced with an all-digital panel, bringing the Taga Daka H right up to date.

Chinese Qingling Taga Daka H pickup truck interior

Equipment levels are strong, with Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife installed on higher-spec, along with navigation, power-adjustable seats, 360-degree cameras, and blind-spot and lane departure warning systems.

Interestingly, the Qingling model is available in two body lengths. The standard model almost perfectly mirrors the D-Max, at 5,328mm long, with a load bed that is identical to the UK variant’s 1,485mm length. A long body version extends that load box to 1,800mm, which would dwarf even the SsangYong Musso LWB’s 1,610mm length. At 5,692mm in length, the Taga Daka H is almost 40cm longer than an Isuzu D-Max.

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Chinese Qingling Taga Daka H pickup truck load bed
Qingling Taga Daka H Long Body

Engine choices are limited to a 1.8-litre petrol unit developing an impressive 228hp and 310Nm of torque. A 3.0-lire diesel option provides 140hp and 320Nm of torque. Petrol models receive a six-speed manual gearbox, while the diesel makes do with just five gears. An eight-speed automatic gearbox will be available at a later date.

If that all sounds tempting, then you’ll need to head to China to buy yourself a Qingling pickup. There are no plans to export the truck to any other markets, although the list price may tempt you to investigate a private import – the entry-level model will set you back 104,200 CNY (around £11,750) while the range tops out at 139,800 CNY, or £15,800.