2019 is coming to a close, but Isuzu managed to pull out a surprise when they recently launched the all-new D-Max last October. Launched over in pick-up crazy Thailand, the D-Max gets a styling makeover inside and out, and now comes with a lot more high tech features.
From its bolder-looking exterior, well-appointed cabin, as well as a new top-of-the-line turbo-diesel engine, there are plenty of reasons as to why the new D-Max will be worth the wait.
As we patiently wait for for the all-new D-Max to arrive in the Philippines, we were able to take a closer look at the next-generation pick-up truck at this year's Thailand International Motor Expo to see what Isuzu might have in store for the Philippine market soon.
Let's start by looking at the top-spec 4x4 V-Cross. As mentioned earlier, the pick-up now looks meaner and bolder thanks to its reshaped grill with the fang-like inserts. The headlights, meanwhile, appear thinner than before and come with new LED daytime running lights. Finally, it gets new alloy wheels, a slightly bigger bed, and a cool new set of LED taillights.
As for the non V-Cross D-Max, it still looks as imposing as the top-spec version, albeit not equipped with wheel arch moldings, and has a less aggressive front bumper design.
Climbing aboard, the D-Max's new interior is a far cry from what the current generation has. For starters, there's a new steering wheel design complete with controls for the infotainment system and multi-info display. It is then complemented by a revised instrument panel, along with reshaped aircon vents.
But perhaps receiving the most drastic of changes is the climate control system. No longer having a circular motif, the new system now comes with switches instead of dials. Rear aircon vents are now also available although we're guessing those are reserved for the high-end variants.
A new touchscreen infotainment makes its home on the center dashboard. It supports Apple CarPlay, as well as Android Auto for those that prefer streaming everything by phone. While we might get a different touchscreen infotainment, we're hoping that the PH-spec D-max also comes with those amenities.
Under the hood, we might be saying goodbye to good ol' 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCX turbo-diesel. The Thai-spec D-Max comes with a more powerful engine dubbed the '4JJ3'. Like its predecessor, it also displaces 3.0-liters but makes loads more power. It cranks out 190 PS along with 450 Nm, at par with the 4x4 variants of the Nissan Navara. Power will still be shifted, however, via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Prefer something smaller? The 1.9-liter RZ4E will still be available for the 2020 D-Max and still makes 150 PS with 350 Nm of torque. A choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions are likewise available on the RZ4E D-Max.
With no exact date yet as to when Isuzu Philippines will reveal the all new D-Max, we might have to wait a little longer before Isuzu's latest ute makes its local debut.