The Isuzu D-MAX is Isuzu Philippines’ entry to the midsize pickup truck segment. It’s the Japanese brand's workhorse that's designed to take on any road and any job. The D-MAX inherited the reliability of the Fuego and its other predecessors, but with more safety and convenience features to fit the Filipino lifestyle.
Fast-forward to 2021 and the Philippine market finally receives the third-generation model. Aside from its new looks, the latest D-MAX also stepped up in terms of safety, plus, it underpins Isuzu's latest Dynamic Drive Platform. Buyers can choose from a wide range of variants, from the entry-level LT which can also be opted with a single cab setup, to the range-topping LS-E that has all the bells and whistles you could possibly get on a D-MAX.
The third-generation Isuzu D-MAX made its Philippine debut on March 4, 2021. Initially, the latest midsize pickup truck is available in nine variants: LS-E 4x4 AT Blue Power, LS 4x4 MT Blue Power, LS-A 4x2 AT Blue Power, LS 4x2 MT Blue Power, LS 4x2 AT RZ4E, LS 4x2 MT RZ4E, LT 4x4 MT Blue Power, LT 4x2 MT RZ4E, and LT 4x2 MT RZ4E Single Cab. The following trims could either come with a 1.9-liter or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine that churns out a good amount of power. Both of the said mills could either be paired with a 6-speed automatic with Sequential Shift and 6-speed manual gearbox.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The all-new third-generation Isuzu D-MAX sits on the new Dynamic Drive Platform. Plus, for enhanced ride and comfort, the midsize pickup now features a double-wishbone suspension up front with coil springs. Powertrain options still consist of the brand's Blue Power range of engines: a 1.9-liter or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. The base 1.9-liter RZ4E diesel engine produces a healthy 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. Both engines could either be paired with a 6-speed automatic with Sequential Shift and 6-speed manual gearbox.
Midsize Pickup Truck
Four-Door Double Cab, Body-On-Frame Pickup Truck
Front Engine, Rear-wheel drive
Front Engine, Four-wheel drive
Isuzu Dynamic Drive/Symmetric Mobility Platform
3.0 L 4JJ1-TCX I4
1.9 L RZ4E-TC I4
187hp, 450 Nm of torque (LS-E, LS. LSA, LT)
148hp, 350 Nm of torque (LT, Single Cab, LS)
Almost all variants of the Isuzu D-MAX get a new 10.1-inch infotainment system that comes ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless phone integration. Only the range-topping LS-E trim gets an 8-speaker audio system, while the rest of the variant range gets either a 6-speaker or 2-speaker sound system. Select variants also get dual-zone climate control and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that shows several details of the vehicle. The driver can toggle through the screen via the steering-wheel-mounted controls. Aside from a push-start button, the D-MAX LS-E can also be started via the keyfob. Lastly, the third-generation model is now available with a suite of driver-assist features which includes forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency brake, turn to assist, mis-application mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and many more.
The Isuzu D-MAX sports a more aggressive styling that’s complemented by its new large grille, which could be treated in a gun metallic material, chrome garnish, or even in a medium gray metallic color. The headlights also feature a new layout that either houses LEDs or halogens, plus, the midsize pickup truck also gets a new bumper where the fog lights and turn signal lights are well-integrated.
Going over the side, the body is well-emphasized by its well-planted character lines. Depending on the variant, its doors and side mirrors can be accentuated with gun metallic accents, chrome, and even with a medium gray metallic color. As for the wheels, LS-E to LS-A variants get a set of 18-inch alloys coupled with 265/60 all-terrain tires. Only the LS 4x4 MT features a silver color while the rest of the aforementioned trims get a matte dark finish. On the other hand, LS variants of the all-new D-MAX get smaller 17-inch rims that are wrapped in 255/65 tires. The LT 4x4 MT features the same wheel dimensions, however, it gets steel wheels instead of alloys. Lastly, the LT 4x2 MT and Single Cab variants get the smallest 15-inch steel wheels.
Changes can also be spotted in the rear part of the vehicle. Like the front, it also gets a new lighting system and bumper that blends pleasantly with the overall ruggedness of the Isuzu D-MAX.
Inside, the all-new Isuzu D-MAX features a well-laid-out cabin that’s blessed with a generous amount of standard convenience features. In fact, the design takes quite a departure from its predecessor. The dashboard and the trim of the new D-MAX are way more upscale compared to the prior iteration. In its top-of-the-line variant, you get soft-touch plastics and leather-wrapping in key touchpoints. The steering wheel also restyled and adopts a more elegant design. The infotainment screen is also integrated well into the center console of the dashboard, and premium-feeling buttons and switches betray the workhorse persona that the D-MAX is known for. Isuzu has done well to give the D-MAX a very premium look and feel. The Interior color scheme will vary depending on the variant you purchase with lower trim levels, sporting more durable materials. The D-MAX also boasts in terms of practicality, apart from the spacious cabin, it’s also got a lot of storage bins for your valuables.
Only the top-of-the-line LS-E 4x4 AT gets brown leather seats while the rest of the range gets fabric or cloth. Select variants get a 12V accessory socket while USB ports are standard across the range. Notably, the midsize pickup also gets two extra air vents for rear occupants.
The all-new Isuzu D-MAX comes with a slew of safety features. The LS-E 4x4 AT benefits from seven-airbags while the rest of the lineup gets driver and front passenger units only. Standard equipment on other variants except for the single cab model include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist, Brake Override System, and many more. Only the range-topping trim has an auto-dimming rearview mirror as well as front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, while other select trims get rear parking sensors coupled with a backup camera.
New for the third-generation Isuzu D-MAX is the availability of an Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) that comprises of forward collision warning, autonomous emergency brake, turn Assist, mis-application mitigation, adaptive cruise control, manual speed limiter, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and multi-collision brake system.
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Who makes the Isuzu D-MAX?
Isuzu Motors Ltd. and General Motors work together in making the current-generation of D-MAX in the Philippines.
Does Isuzu D-MAX have a DPF?
The Isuzu D-MAX has a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), which is mounted high-up just behind the turbocharger.
What does Blue Power do for the D-MAX?
Isuzu's Blue Power technology is a combination of developments and upgrades to the brand's diesel engines. In short, Blue Power engines feature components that create less internal resistance in the engine. Diamond-like coated (DLC) piston pins, a clothoid curve combustion chamber, and a fracture-split connecting rod and DLC fuel injector needles are the main additions that help the D-MAX be more fuel efficient and create more power.
Does the D-Max have diff lock?
The Isuzu D-MAX comes with an E-differential lock for select variants and a transfer control switch.
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