All-new Isuzu D-Max lands in New Zealand

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Words: Matthew Hansen
21 Oct 2020

Isuzu’s new challenger for the bustling ute segment, the D-Max, has landed in New Zealand. Those keen to check out the new ute in person can now do so at dealerships nationwide.

Isuzu claims the model is the most sophisticated, refined, and advanced vehicle it’s ever produced. It arguably represents a coming-of-age for the nameplate; its high level of tech and premium touches a stark contrast to the outgoing model.

Each D-Max comes powered by the same 3.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. As reported previously, the model is available in two different bodystyles (single cab, double cab) and four different levels of spec; LX, LS-M, LS, and X-Terrain.

Pricing starts at $49,990 for the LX 2WD. The 2WD LS starts at $54,490, and the LSM and LS in 4WD trim start at $61,990 and $65,990. At the very top of the line-up is the $75,490 X-Terrain, set to do battle with the $71,990 Ranger Wildtrak 3.2.

Isuzu New Zealand boasts that it’s the safest ute in the country, by virtue of the 5-star ANCAP safety rating it was awarded last month. This makes it the only ute currently on sale to have achieved the feat according to the safety organisation’s more stringent 2020 test measures.

Read more: Isuzu D-Max beats Ford Ranger, VW Amarok in safety test

The D-Max LX comes with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Isuzu’s active safety suite — including adaptive cruise control in automatic models. It’s the only model available as a single cab, and in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Next in the queue is the LS-M, which adds LED headlights and day-time runners, 17-inch alloy wheels, and improved interior trim. The LS is similar to the LS-M, but adds a larger 9-inch touchscreen with sat nav, dual-zone climate air, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch wheels.

The X-Terrain tops the range. Along with additional exterior cladding and different wheels, the X-Terrain adds more luxury goodies inside like leather trim, a power driver seat, proximity key, front parking sensors, and more.

“Isuzu Utes introduces a new generation of tough with the all-new D-Max. It’s the ultimate all-rounder with cutting edge-technology, even more off-road ability, greater power and torque, plus improved driver comfort and it’s kitted out with extensive safety features,” says Isuzu New Zealand General Manager Sam Waller.

“Whether you’re on or off- road, at work or at play, a family or a farmer, the D-Max is fit for purpose.”

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