Earlier this year, the all-new Isuzu D-Max made its Philippine debut. First launched in Thailand back in November 2019, the new pick-up truck was originally scheduled to arrive in the country sometime in 2020. But the pandemic had other ideas so it was no surprise it took some time for the new D-Max to make its way to the country.
Fast forward to the present, and the D-Max has received its first update over in The Land of Smiles. But instead of giving the pick-up a major makeover, Isuzu decided that a more subtle update would suit the D-Max for the 2022 model year.
Starting with the front fascia, the top-of-the-line D-Max V-Cross gets what Isuzu calls a 'Double Dimension' grille painted in two-tone dark chrome. This gives the D-Max a sleeker and more sophisticated appearance compared to the current model. The pick-up also gets a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels finished in matte black, along with new black trim pieces for the LED taillights. Rounding up the exterior changes is a new exterior color called Islay Gray Opaque.
Inside, the changes are far more subtle and only consist of several minor updates. These include the new two-tone black and brown leather upholstery with contrast brown stitching, and the new ventilated Cool Max front seats.
Apart from those, the D-Max is still available with a wide array of high-tech amenities like touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear A/C vents with USB charging port, multi-function steering wheel, and 360-degree around-view monitor.
No changes have been made under the hood, so the D-Max continues to be powered by the familiar 1.9- and 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engines. The former puts out 150 PS with 350 Nm of torque, while the latter generates 190 PS with 450 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. 4x4 is available on higher-grade models.
With Thailand the first market in ASEAN to get the refreshed D-Max, it might take a while before the 2022 model year update makes its way to the country. After all, we did only get the new D-Max last March.
Do you like the updated look of the D-Max? Or do you prefer the current design that we have? Let us know in the comments.