In production since 2002 and currently in its second generation, the Isuzu D-Max is set to receive an overhaul. This popular pick-up has been a boon for an array of industries, from construction to agriculture, and is due to go on sale before the end of April, 2017.
Replacing the 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine is a new 1.9-litre 162bhp diesel unit. Paired with a new six-speed manual (or automatic transmission), this delivers 360Nm of torque. Both power output and torque figures are down a little bit compared to the previous iteration, by 1bhp and 40Nm of torque respectively.
owever, this doesn’t prevent the vehicle from maintaining its 1,000kg payload and 3,500kg towing capability. Isuzu asserts that the new engine is 20 percent lighter than the previous 60kg unit, which could actually see an increase in the vehicle’s payload and towing prowess.
It is anticipated that this new 2.5-litre unit is likely to be close to 20 percent more fuel-efficient than before. In which case, it could return as much as 43mpg, and will likely produce lower CO2 emissions too.
This will put it on a more level playing field with the 159g/km produced by Nissan’s NP300 Navara, the current class leader. One thing is certain the new D-Max will produce a more refined ride, ensuring that the cab is a lot quieter than previously.
The face-lifted D-Max sports what is, according to Isuzu, a “more aggressive” front fascia, with refashioned radiator grille, bonnet, bumpers and headlights. LED daytime running lights have been added, and the vehicle’s tailgate has been updated too.
The D-Max’s trim levels have been refreshed. For example, top grades ride on newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside the vehicle, a new Pioneer infotainment system includes an eight-inch touchscreen and overhead speakers. Drivers will be able to download an Isuzu Insight app from the marque which can be connected to the vehicle’s on-board computer. By gathering real-time data, this is intended to help improve driving efficiency.
Despite the changes, the D-Max will, Isuzu assure us, remain the same durable and easy-to-maintain vehicle that has enamoured it to so many owners. In a nutshell, this newest version should certainly be on anyone’s shortlist when it comes to considering a new 4x4 vehicle.
To register your interest in the new D-Max, please get in touch with Mark Weatherhead Isuzu. You can do this any time you wish by completing our online contact form. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to phone us on 01954 574 564 or visit our St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridgeshire dealership, open Monday to Friday.
You can also pre-order the new D-Max via the same avenues or book a test drive when it becomes available.