Even though the all-new D-Max has been around for quite some time now, Isuzu is still breathing some life in the soon to be outgoing model. The latest version comes from England, and it's a beefy-looking truck.
Over there, Isuzu has introduced the D-Max GO2. There's a reason why it's called the GO2, and the automaker had a little bit of fun naming it the way. They call it the GO2 because, they say, it can go to other places other pick-ups can't. Their words, not ours.
Its playful variant name aside, the D-Max GO2 has most of the equipment you need and expect in an off-road rig. It has four-wheel drive with locking differentials, a steel front bumper, higher ride height, a set of beefy tires, and under-chassis skid plates. Also standard is a rear bumper bar, a bed organizer, and a snorkel for those river crossings. It even comes with rock sliders on the sides for that extra bit of protection for the door sills. Plus, there's a winch mounted on the steel bumper to help it get out of sticky situations.
Isuzu even upgraded and uprated the brakes as well. At the front, there are bigger discs while the drums at the rear have been replaced by a drum-in disc arrangement. And Isuzu didn't just install any lift kit on this D-Max. It has off-road adjustable coil-overs and shock absorbers for better handling and riding comfort. So whether you plan on rock crawling of go on dune-busting, this D-Max can be tweaked for those situations.
But even if it has off-roading in mind, the D-Max GO2 has some modern tech and creature comforts inside. The driver's seat is power-adjustable and the seats are trimmed in leatherette. It also comes with automatic air conditioning, a 7-inch multifunction color touchscreen, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, digital radio reception, eight speakers, and front and rear USB ports.
Curiously, the UK-spec D-Max 3.0 turbodiesel makes less power than the ones we have here. Instead of 177 PS and 380 Nm of torque, British models put out 164 PS and 360 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual is standard with the six-speed automatic being an option.
Even with these upgrades, Isuzu UK offers a warranty for the D-Max GO2, and we're hoping Isuzu Philippines will come up with something like it here...warranty included. But if that's not possible, then there's the rugged D-Max Boondock 4WD edition that's ready to hit the trails.