The all-new 2020 Isuzu D-Max has been revealed in Thailand ahead of a local arrival next year, the new model brings a larger body and more power, along with additional safety and connectivity technology.
Built on an updated platform that incorporates more ultra-high tensile steel, the new D-Max is larger in every dimension.
The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine has been retuned to deliver 140kW of power at 3600rpm and 450Nm of torque between 1600-2600rpm. For context, the current model produces 130kW and 430Nm.
Due to emission legislation, some markets will also get a twin-turbo 1.9-litre diesel engine that offers outputs of 110kW and 350Nm. Both engines are matched with a low-range 4×4 system.
To increase the off-road capability, for the first time, the D-Max will get an electronic rear differential lock, while the wading depth has increased from 600mm to 800mm.
There’s also a new suspension set-up and larger 320mm front brake discs, up from the current 300mm discs. Down the back, Isuzu is continuing with drum brakes.
On the inside, the D-Max has leapt two generations forward with the addition of a new multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, dual-zone climate control, an eight-way electric driver seat with anti-vibration elastic comfort, and a 4.2-inch digital driver display housed in the instrument cluster.
Depending on the grade, infotainment has also been upgraded with a 9.0-inch HD touchscreen display with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. There’s also an eight-speaker sound system.
On the tech front, remote engine start, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, follow me home lighting, automatic door locking and upgraded front and rear parking sensors are available.
In terms of safety, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an emergency stop signal parking aid are included.
As yet, there is no word on the availability of autonomous emergency braking, however, it’s expected to feature of Australian delivered models as AEB is a requirement to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
The new D-Max is expected to arrive in Australia next year. Isuzu's local arm is yet to confirm specifications and pricing.
As has been widely reported, the new Mazda BT-50 will be based on the D-Max, though Mazda hasn’t released any details. Stay tuned.
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