We waited over a year for this.

When Isuzu premiered the third-generation D-Max in Bangkok back in November 2019, we wondered how long we had to wait for it to land here. Unfortunately 2020 has more curveballs than 9 innings, but fast forward to February 2021 and Isuzu's popular pick-up is finally here.

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The 2021 D-Max packs an all-new design, a more rigid chassis, and a premium interior. The redesigned pick-up is longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing model. This is most evident on the pickup's bed, which is noticeably taller than before. As for styling, it's largely evolutionary than revolutionary. Headlights are slimmer now and come with a new, U-shaped LED daytime running light pattern. As for the rear, the taillights are a familiar shape, albeit now sporting LED patterns. The tailgate then gets some character lines on the panel, adding a bit of flair to the ute.

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Step inside the new pick-up and it's leaps ahead of its predecessor. The dashboard has more angular there, and the air-conditioning controls are now toggle switches instead of dials. The gear selector gets a nice new look, employing a glossy, black finish at the top and a leather shift boot. Even the instrument cluster gets a massive overhaul with the multi-information display on the instrument cluster is bigger than before. Now at 4.2-inches, it gains enhanced graphics and displays to go along with it. With its larger dimensions, there is more room inside too.

Most variants come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, something that's quickly becoming a must in all new cars. This D-Max is also the most high-tech generation to date, packing features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and a 360-degree camera system for the range-topping LS-E 4x4 A/T.

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Yes, there is a new top-spec variant. The LS-E 4x4 A/T effectively replaces the LS-A 4x4 A/T from the previous generation. As for the rest of the variants, it kicks off with the single-cab body of the pick-up, followed by the 4x2 LT RZ4E M/T with the dual-cab (four-door) version. Then there's the 4x4 LT dual-cab, ideal for those looking for a basic pick-up with four-wheel drive.

Moving on to the mid-spec LS trims, there are three versions available. There's the LS RZ4E M/T, LS RZ4E A/T, LS 3.0 4x2 M/T, and LS 3.0 4x4 M/T. The top of the line two-wheel-drive model is the LS-A 3.0 4x2. All in all, there are nine variants to choose from in the 2021 D-Max.

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Now, for the engines. The 1.9-liter RZ4E mill that was introduced worldwide in 2017 is carried over for this generation. Power figures are still the same at 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. As for the top-of-the-line engine, it has an uprated 3.0-liter BluePower mill with a significant boost in power and torque. Now packing 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque, it's a substantial upgrade from its predecessor's 177 PS and 380 Nm rating.

Prices for the 2021 Isuzu D-Max are as follows:

D-Max RZ4E Single-Cab M/T: PHP 857,000

D-Max LT RZ4E 4x2 M/T: PHP 987,000

D-Max LT 3.0 4x4 M/T: PHP 1,288,000

D-Max LS RZ4E 4x2 M/T: PHP 1,219,000

D-Max LS RZ4E 4x2 A/T: PHP 1,309,000

D-Max LS 3.0 4x2 M/T: PHP 1,320,000

D-Max LS 3.0 4x4 M/T: PHP 1,630,000

D-Max LS-A 3.0 4x2 A/T: PHP 1,390,000

D-Max LS-E 3.0 4x4 A/T: PHP 1,825,000