Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Isuzu | posted November 04, 2015 11:31
Refreshed 2016 Isuzu D-Max gets updated exterior, smaller 1.9-liter engine
The D-Max has just received its mid-cycle update after Isuzu Thailand officially revealed the 2016 update to the pickup model. Sporting a slightly revised exterior design, the updated pickup also gets improved cabin features and a new 1.9-liter Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel that replaces the 2.5-liter motor.
Starting with front, it has a more aggressive fascia. It gets reshaped headlights that now comes with LED daytime running lights, new foglight trim accents and a tweaked grill design. There will also be new bumper designs, depending on the variant chosen.
The side and rear carries over from the pre-updated version apart from the new 18-inch alloy wheels, shark-fin antenna and a slightly altered tailgate.
Inside, there's a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a TFT multi-information display placed between the dual gauge cluster. Layout-wise, it pretty much remains the same, though there are new interior trim options available.
The most apparent change on the 2016 D-Max is its engine. In Thailand, the 2.5-liter 4JK1-TCX will be replaced by the new 1.9-liter RZ4E-TC Ddi Blue Power turbo-diesel. It delivers 150 PS at 3,600 rpm and has a torque rating of 350 Nm that is available between 1,800 and 2,600 rpm. Isuzu also claimed that it will be 19% more fuel efficient and will only emit 161g of C02 per km.
The new engine joins the range-topping motor for Thailand, the 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCX that puts out 175 PS and 380 Nm of torque.
In terms of transmissions options, it will be available with a new 6-speed automatic with Genius Sport Shift (replacing the older 5-speed auto) and a new 6-speed manual gearbox.
Other features present in the refreshed D-Max include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control, which will only be standard on higher grade models. There will also be an optional tire pressure monitoring system.