Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has introduced the 2017 D-MAX featuring a restyled exterior and an updated interior. It now looks bolder and more composed as compared to its predecessor.
The new D-MAX gets a facelift as seen through its revamped grille, more prominent bumper, updated fog lamps, and redesigned projector headlights with LED daytime running lights. Turning at the side, it gets a power-folding exterior mirrors, chrome door handles, and a straight character line. The rear is fitted with LED taillights and a new tailgate with spoiler shape design. To further beef up its appearance, all variants of the new D-MAX is fitted 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it has a black interior theme along with silver accents and leather seats. The 2017 D-MAX also has a restyled instrument meter and multi-information display which comes with a black-on-white gauges for easy readability. On the other hand, the manual variants of the D-MAX now have gear indicator display which is placed within the temperature and fuel meter cluster. In addition, IPC’s pickup truck features a 7-inch touchscreen head unit, automatic climate control and a push-button engine start/stop function.
Of note, the 2017 D-MAX’s four-wheel drive (4WD) system can switch from two-wheel drive to 4WD on-the-fly at speeds of up to 100 km/h. This is through the vehicle’s Terrain Command Select Dial placed near the gear lever. In terms of safety, the D-MAX is equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
The pickup truck segment is currently one of the most dynamic and competitive in the local market, and we believe that the very popular Isuzu D-MAX should always stay ahead of its rivals in terms of equipment level and competence,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.
The D-MAX is still powered by Isuzu’s 3.0L diesel engine with Variable Geometry System (VGS) that delivers 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque. It is then mated to either a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The variants and prices for the 2017 D-MAX are as follows: D-MAX 3.0L LS 4x4 A/T (P1,520,000); D-MAX 3.0L LS 4x4 M/T (P1,450,000); D-MAX 3.0L LS 4x2 A/T (P1,210,000); D-MAX 3.0L LS 4x2 M/T (P1,140,000).
It is available in the following colors: Venetian Red, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Splash White and, new Obsidian Gray.
The new D-MAX will be displayed at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show from September 14 to 18, 2016.