Dealers will receive their new Isuzu D-Max pickups in March, providing potential customers with their first opportunity to experience the new truck.
While the external design is no secret, with the truck being produced in Thailand since 2019, Isuzu has confirmed the changes to the body and chassis that we’ll see in the UK.
With bodywork described by Isuzu as ‘assertive’, the new D-Max has an elevated front-end design, with a sharp-edged, imposing grille highlighted by LED lights on higher-spec models. The rear sees fewer changes, but a handy integrated step in the rear bumper improves practicality.
The interior has seen greater changes, with a layered dashboard design and a new infotainment system providing a more spacious and contemporary feel. Gone is the old 7.0-inch touchscreen, replaced by a more usable 9.0-inch model. Soft-touch panelling and detailing creates a more premium ambience that’s fuss-free and practical.
The existing 1.9-litre engine has been carried over, but the addition of AdBlue emissions technology ensures the truck meets Euro 6D regulations. Power remains at 164hp, and the same 360Nm of torque is available, enabling the D-Max to tow up to 3.5 tonnes and carry a payload in excess of one tonne.
Isuzu says the revised front and rear suspension provides improved comfort without compromising its off-road capability. The shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system now engages more quickly, while a standard rear diff lock is fitted to All-Purpose and Adventure models. For when the going gets really tough, the ladder chassis has been strengthened, with more underbody protection added.
On-road performance is improved, with our early drive of the new Isuzu D-Max revealing a more responsive truck, despite an increased ride height, thanks to speed-sensitive electronic power steering. A new suite of safety equipment is fitted as standard, including automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning and prevention. Double cab models also benefit from rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring, helping secure the D-Max a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
The double cab is also joined by single and extended cab models, with a choice between 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains. A range of four trim levels will be available to choose from, each backed by Isuzu’s 125,000-mile, five-year warranty.
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