Isuzu’s new D-Max is to arrive in showrooms in March, priced from £20,995 (CV OTR).
The new D-Max is designed to combine Isuzu’s traditional capability and practicality with new safety and comfort tech and bolder styling. It’s already become the first pickup to achieve the maximum five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP tests, thanks to its stronger chassis and intelligent new ADAS safety systems.
The new range will be structured into three segments, covering Business, All-Purpose and Adventure and straddling four new trim levels: Utility, DL20, DL40 and V-Cross.
All come with the same 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel as the old D-Max, providing 164hp and 360Nm, towing capability of 3.5 tonnes and a maximum payload of 1,120kg.
The Business range focuses on the Utility trim, providing a base-specification available in either two- or four-wheel drive and in three different cab types: single, extended and double cab.
The Utility trim features a wide range of practical and safety features, including automatic headlights with high beam assist, automatic windscreen wipers, speed-sensitive power steering, DAB radio and a stop & start system.
As with the other models, it also gets a range of standard advanced driver assist systems kit, ranging from autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed limiter to lane departure warning & prevention. It also introduces sector-first standard fitment of rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitor and emergency lane keeping on all double cabs.
The ‘All-Purpose’ range consists of the DL20 and DL40 models; the ‘DL’ signifies that the rear diff-lock becomes a standard feature and the ‘20’ and ‘40’ demonstrate the model hierarchy. Both models are available with the option of an automatic transmission, which enables adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist functionality.
The DL20 features heated front seats, rear parking sensors, front fog lights and a front centre armrest for increased comfort and practicality, alongside additional design features such as body-coloured front and rear bumpers and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The DL40 adds to this with design enhancements such as bi-LED headlights and leather upholstery for the interior plus extra equipment in the form of front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, keyless entry and push-button start. It also gets a 7-inch multifunction colour touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a dual-zone climate control system.
The new range-topper is the V-Cross, which sits within the Adventure range. It adds in ‘Gun Metal’ exterior styling and bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, while the interior gets a 9-inch multifunction colour touchscreen with a CD player and eight speakers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic headlight levelling, and leather upholstery.
All models are backed by Isuzu’s 125,000-mile / five-year warranty.