In a nutshell:
- Aggressive styling for the new Isuzu D-Max
- Suspension and 4x4 system also improved while new emphasis on comfort and refinement for the driver
- Comes well specced with host of driver-assistance systems as standard
- Isuzu says retains all-important characteristics of ‘strength, durability and capability’
Bold new styling and improved off-road performance means the Isuzu D-Max has never been more imposing - and yet somehow refined at the same time.
When it comes to rugged workhorses, there are few tougher pick-ups than the D-Max.
There’s a wide choice of guises, from single-cab utility vehicle to double cab and adventure-themed ‘XTR’ mode, and you can opt between two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
And now Isuzu has really upped the D-Max’s game - overhauling the styling to reveal an assertive, aggressive new look complete with an elevated front-end and 18 inch alloy wheels.
Crucially, as well as a new suit the D-Max also boasts a new 4x4 system and afresh suspension set-up to deliver ‘superior levels of comfort’ to lease customers.
A spokesperson explains: “Isuzu is renowned for its 4x4 expertise and the All-New D-Max is even more capable off-road with a faster engaging shift-on-the-fly 4WD system and a standard rear diff-lock on All-Purpose and Adventure models. The durable ladder chassis has been strengthened thanks to larger rails and an extra panel has been added to provide more extensive underbody protection.”
There’s improved road and noise sound-proofing to boost driver satisfaction as well as new speed-sensitive electronic power steering which improves manoeuvrability and accuracy.
All models get copious amounts of kit.
That includes cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter and a lane departure warning and prevention system.
The interior has also been ‘transformed’, with a new dashboard design and soft-touch panelling, while mid-range ‘DL40’ models also get a 7 inch infotainment touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Meanwhile a diesel engine delivers 164PS and 360Nm of torque and is mated to a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The Isuzu spokesperson adds: “The All-New Isuzu D-Max has taken a huge stride forward in terms of refinement, safety and comfort while retaining its core characteristics of strength, durability and capability.”
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