It was about three months ago that Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) revealed that they have brought back the D-Max Boondock 4x4. Essentially a follow-up to the 4x2 Boondock special they released last year, the 4WD version pays tribute to the original model released back more than a decade ago, albeit sporting new upgrades.
IPC was originally set to officially launch the new 4WD Boondock back in March. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the eventual Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the company had to delay its public launch.
Come June 17, 2020, IPC will be holding the digital launch of the 2020 D-Max Boondock 4x4 via Facebook at 5:00 PM. Carrying the theme 'Live Life Differently', the launch event will serve as IPC's first-ever online vehicle launch.
The original theme was actually aimed at going beyond the comforts of our homes and exploring more adventures while in an Isuzu vehicle. Now, it serves as a rallying cry as the country slowly reopens its economy while adjusting to the new normal.
“We move on from every challenge, and with every obstacle we hurdle, we must live life differently to be able to be tougher, more resilient, more enduring, and more dependable. The new D-MAX Boondock 4x4 is our response to the toughest challenge we have faced yet,” said Hajime Koso, president of IPC.
The 2020 D-Max Boondock 4x4 carries a wide array of exterior and chassis upgrades. For starters, it comes with a new front grille and bumper design finished in gray. The pick-up also gets new distinct body graphics which are seen on the hood and doors that give it a more discerning look. But perhaps serving as its most eye-catching upgrades are the bespoke step board with the 'Boondock' lettering, 17-inch black alloy wheels wrapped in 265/70 tires, and the monotube nitrogen-charged dampers.
Thanks to the new wheels and tires, and dampers, the D-Max Boondock 4x4 now has a ground clearance of 247mm and a similar 1900mm height as the 4x2 D-Max Boondock. Other upgrades made available to the 4WD pick-up truck are the cargo bed extender, roof rails, rocker panels, over-fenders, bedliner, and front skid plate.
Under the hood, the D-Max Boondock 4x4 will be powered by the familiar 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCX turbo-diesel engine. It generates 177 PS at 3600 rpm along with 380 Nm of torque at 1800 – 2800 rpm. It can then be mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.
As it is based on the top-of-the-line LS-A, this pick-up truck has plenty of safety features and amenities. These include leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth, USB and Aux, a six-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, hill-start and hill-descent control, and a reverse camera with parking sensors.
3.0L 4x4 M/T – PhP 1,725,000
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