Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has confirmed that the next generation Isuzu D-Max will be arriving in the country and going on sale in 2021. However, they did not give an exact date yet as to when the much-anticipated pickup will arrive in the country.
The Isuzu D-MAX has already made waves in the countries it has entered. In Thailand where it is made, it has quickly risen the ranks to be one of the top-selling pickups in the country. Even in Australia the D-MAX together with its mechanical twin the BT-50 has also given the pickup market quite the stir. The D-MAX has also wowed people across the world with its excellent 5-star safety scores under the new and stricter Australasian NCAP safety rating system.
What the D-MAX brings to the table is an all-new look that still harks back to the design elements of the older model. It comes with a large grille with chrome or black fang-like accents, which are flanked on either side by bi-LED headlights along with U-shaped DRLs. The new face has even gone under wind testing in Japan in order to make it more aerodynamic to help the buyer save on fuel costs. The new chassis according to Isuzu promises a more refined ride all while retaining rigidity for cargo and off-road use.
Even the interior has been redesigned for a more modern look. Soft-touch materials are now present in the vehicle further enhancing its premium yet rugged feel.
Under the hood, the all-new Isuzu D-MAX will still come with its 3.0-liter and 1.9-liter powerplants. The bigger of the two engines will now be producing 190hp and 450 Nm of torque, which represents a 13hp and 70 Nm difference from its predecessor. The smaller 1.9-liter motor on the other hand will still be producing 150hp and 350 Nm of torque. Transmission options will still be the same, coming in either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu Philippines has yet to state an official release date for the all-new Isuzu D-MAX. However, our estimates put its launch well within the first half of 2021 and possibly even within the first quarter. Pricing for the all-new pickup truck is also still unknown at this point, however, we will inform you once we get more information about the next-generation D-MAX.