The all-new Isuzu D-Max has been out in Thailand for quite some time already. It was released in October 2019 and it's been a smash hit over there. The third-generation D-Max has even become Thailand's top-selling pick-up, beating out the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
However, what we have locally is still the second-generation model, which makes us slightly jealous of our Thai neighbors. However, that could change soon as Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has updated the current D-Max yet again. But how could this update be good news for the future model? But before we dive into that, let's take a look at what Isuzu changed in the D-Max this year.
This (very) minor update revolves around the mid-spec LS models. For 2020, the D-Max LS gets a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels. It replaces the 16-inch alloys from before, and these new wheels are the same ones you can find in the higher-spec LS-A variants. The other update is pricing, which is now up by Php 10,000. That means the LS M/T now starts at Php 1,219,000, while the LS A/T sells for Php 1,309,000. There are special deals on offer, so contact your nearest Isuzu dealership for the best price.
As for the rest of it, there are no exterior or equipment upgrades. Even the engine is untouched, with its 1.9-liter RZ4E turbodiesel still making 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
What happened here is essentially a wheel swap. However, if you look at a vehicle's life cycle, there's something to be picked up here. If you've noticed, manufacturers would typically add a little bit more kit before they move on to the latest generation. In this case, this seemingly minor change could signal the arrival of the all-new D-Max in the country soon. It's been nearly a year since it was first launched, so perhaps it's about time the Philippines got the latest model.
The next-generation Isuzu D-Max could come here within the year if the pandemic doesn't derail any further plans. In this period of uncertainty, launch dates have become unpredictable. Whether Isuzu will launch the all-new D-Max this year or not, we'll be happy just to see it in showrooms in the future.