Well, the wait is almost over for Isuzu customers and dealers.
Isuzu Philippines Corporation will hold the long awaited debut of the second generation Isuzu D-Max in the Philippines very soon. The launch date is scheduled for September 18 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The new Isuzu D-Max has been on sale and manufactured in Thailand since October 2011. Due to the heavy floods from mid 2011 to early 2012, not to mention the high demand for pick-ups in Thailand, roll outs to other markets like the Philippines were delayed.
The new-generation D-Max was developed alongside the Chevrolet Colorado, sharing the same platform and 3,095mm wheelbase (45mm longer than the outgoing model). Overall length has been stretched to 5,190mm from 4,995mm. It stands taller at 1,791mm compared to 1,760mm and wider at 1,859 from 1,800mm. Standard versions will be 1,775mm wide and 1,685mm tall.
There will be two engine options available: the 4JJ1 TC 3.0L CRDI turbodiesel and a new 4JK1 TC 2.5-liter CRDI turbodiesel.
By all indications, it seems Isuzu Philippines has not opted to bring in the more powerful variable turbo versions of the two engines, designated as the 4JJ1 TCX and the 4JK1 TCX. The reason being reported to us is because of the quality of local diesel fuel.
The final specs are being kept quite a secret, but according to our sources topping the range are 4 distinct LS variants: D-Max 4x4 LS 3.0L A/T, D-Max 4x4 LS 3.0L M/T, D-Max 4x2 LS 3.0L M/T and the D-Max 4x2 LS 3.0L M/T. All LS models are high rider versions for extra ground clearance.
Slotting under the LS versions are two more versions: D-Max 4x2 LT 2.5L 5-speed M/T and the D-Max 4x2 2.5L Single Cab 5-speed M/T. The LT and base variants will have standard ride heights.
Pricing and further details on specifications have yet to be released. The D-Max will come from Isuzu’s facility in Thailand, thereby ceasing local assembly of the previous generation D-Max at IPC's plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna.