Isuzu debuts buff new D-Max

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Monday 14 October 2019

Isuzu has renewed its D-Max, with the workhorse now sporting a buff new body and chassis along with extra tech beneath the skin.

There are angry bi-LED headlights flanking a chunky grille with two pairs of vertically stacked fog lights on each corner. It’s a busy face but we must admit, it works. High-end versions get black cladding over the wheel arches, a bash plate, special wheels and roof rails. The rear end has more LED lights with the brake lights mimicking the layout of the front fog lights.

Inside are more changes, with a new nine-inch touchscreen taking pride of place on the dashboard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported. The driver peers over a redesigned steering wheel at another 4.2-inch screen, which displays stuff like speed, revs and vehicle information.

New tech includes parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection and electric steering.

Beneath it all is a new platform, built with more high-tensile steel than before which gives the ute a claimed 20 per cent increase in rigidity. Powertrains will initially consist of the 1.9-litre biturbo diesel four-pot, making 110kW and 350Nm and the bigger 3.0-litre turbodiesel inline-four, which offers 139kW and 450Nm. We’re not sure which engine New Zealanders will get but expect at least the 3.0-litre option.

Isuzu also confirmed that the new architecture is compatible with electrified and fully-electric powertrains down the line, hinting at future D-Max offerings.

Prices and final Kiwi specifications are yet to be confirmed, as well as a local launch date.

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