An up to date model of the Isuzu D-Max has been revealed in its Thai homeland, the place it’ll attain showrooms on October 12.
We’ve contacted Isuzu Ute Australia to verify when the facelifted ute vary will attain Australia.
There’s a brand new grille that extra intently resembles that of the MU-X and a revised entrance bumper, in addition to new bi-LED headlights.
Different visible adjustments embody new wheel designs and revised tail lights which have extra of a visitors gentle look about them with three (as a substitute of two) extruded components.
Inside, the 8.0-inch and 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreens now assist each wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and options quantity and tuning dials.
Nonetheless, the bodily shortcut buttons beneath, for actions like returning to the house display screen, seem to have been changed with touch-capacitive switches.
There are USB-C retailers inside, whereas forward of the motive force there’s an out there 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster display screen, up from 4.2 inches within the present mannequin.
Different adjustments embody revised upholstery, new trim appliques for the dashboard, and new patterned door inserts.
The Thai-built D-Max hasn’t adopted the fully totally different, extra trendy dashboard design that debuted on the flagship D-Max V-Cross in China this 12 months, full with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, nor has it gained the ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster provided on a number of Chinese language-market D-Max fashions.
There don’t look like any mechanical adjustments to the Thai-built D-Max’s engines, which comprise a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder mill with 110kW of energy and 350Nm of torque, and a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel 4 with 140kW and 450Nm.
Isuzu Thailand does tout a brand new tough terrain mode operate, nevertheless.
The rear cross-traffic system can now apply the brakes if it detects you’re about to reverse into the trail of visitors.
It seems to proceed with its rear leaf springs, part-time four-wheel drive system and rear drum brakes, despite the fact that the brand new Chinese language-market D-Max positive aspects rear coil springs and disc brakes
The present D-Max was revealed in 2019 and went on sale in Australia in 2020.
It didn’t get to be the brand new child on the block for lengthy, with a brand new technology of Ford Ranger rising in 2022.
The Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux proceed to dominate the gross sales charts, however the Isuzu D-Max has ensconced itself as Australia’s third favorite ute.
Whether or not it’ll have the ability to maintain onto the bronze is unclear, given there’s a brand new Mitsubishi Triton coming to Australia subsequent 12 months.
Different redesigned utes on the horizon embody new generations of the Nissan Navara and Toyota HiLux, whereas Kia will lastly enter the ute section round 2025 with a automobile it might name the Tasman.