The latest version of the Isuzu D-MAX has been in the Philippines for quite some time now. While its previous version pegged itself as more of a workhorse vehicle that could take on almost any challenges you throw at it. The newer version grew up a bit, especially in terms of style and features. As the newer model now packs a lot of tech and features, this now begs the question, is the new Isuzu D-MAX still a rough and tough workhorse or can it now be considered a lifestyle vehicle?
Starting with the exterior of the D-MAX. It's still as fierce as ever with its sleek LED headlights, large grille with "fangs'' and overall imposing looks. While looks are subjective the pickup truck strikes a great balance of tough and sophisticated at the same time. It may still carry the ruggedness of its previous version but it's a car that you can easily show up to a fancy event While still looking good.
Interior fit and finish
The interior of the D-MAX has been thoroughly updated to fit a more premium market. This is evident in the materials used along with the abundance of soft-touch materials in the cabin. The overall quality has also increased over its predecessor. Technological features have also been updated as well as the pickup truck now comes with a 10.1-inch infotainment system that also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Powerful yet smooth engines
At the heart of the Isuzu pickup truck beats two engine options. The first is a 1.9-liter turbo diesel mill while the second is a 3.0-liter which also comes powered by diesel. The former produces 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the 3.0-liter Blue Power engine churns out a healthier 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Power is still sent to the rear wheels or to all four via either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. These engines provide the vehicle with more than enough power to haul cargo.
Speaking of cargo, the Isuzu D-MAX is quite the workhorse when it comes to this regard. The pickup truck comes with a bed that measures 1,485mm long, 1,530mm wide, and 465mm deep. This gives you plenty of space to put whatever you need to at the back. For certain models, a bedliner is also available making it more resistant to dents, dings, or scratches. A great trait especially for those looking to find a reliable workhorse vehicle.
What is a pickup truck without it being able to go off-road? While this locally available version of the Isuzu D-MAX does not come with a locking rear differential, it does come with a 4x4 system that lets it tackle almost any kind of terrain. This is great especially when you are working on a farm or on a construction site where there are little to no roads to utilize. That being said, it also makes it an adventure-ready vehicle as it can take on the challenges you throw at it and more especially when in low traction situations.
All things considered, the current version of the Isuzu D-MAX strikes a balance between being a workhorse and a lifestyle vehicle. It retains the tough and rugged qualities needed for a workhorse pickup truck but has many features that help give you a more comfortable and premium ride. However, we do have to note that, the D-MAX does lean more towards the utilitarian side as its ride isn’t as soft or as comfortable compared to some of its other rivals.
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