All-new Isuzu D-Max bags best pickup truck award in UK

Updated May 19, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It’s a testament to this truck’s versatility. 

Just a year after its global launch, the third-generation Isuzu D-Max has won the “Best Pickup truck” at the Business Vans Awards. For those unaware, the said award is given by Business Vans, a UK-based website focusing on commercial vehicles and fleet cars in general. To this end, this is a testament to the D-Max's versatility, durability, and onboard features. 

A picture of the 2021 Isuzu D-Max LS-E variant

The all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max

To be specific, the D-Max's third-generation model has received significant updates which makes it suitable as a reliable, all-around utility vehicle. According to Business Vans Managing Editor Chris Wright, the new Isuzu-made truck provides excellent driver comfort, great cargo carrying abilities, off-road capability, safety, and on-board tech. 

Business Vans also had to account for the fact that this model is also one of the few pickup trucks to be bestowed a five-star safety rating from the notoriously strict and thorough European New Car Assessment Program. This is thanks to its array of driver-assist features, combined with its structurally strong ladder-frame chassis and passive safety equipment. 

A picture of the Isuzu D-Max from the Isuzu UK website

The ADAS and its new interior features contribute a lot of the D-Max's desirability

Of note, the Philippine-spec D-Max LS-E largely shares the same specs as the top-spec Euro variant. It comes with a lot of active safety technologies in the form of Isuzu’s Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS). This kit includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, among others. With these features, the Isuzu-made truck also has a five-star rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP). 

Moreover, the third-gen D-Max's new engine is still based on the highly reputable Isuzu J-series turbodiesel mill. Called the 4JJ3-TCX, it comes with new improvements like a new variable geometry turbocharger, new engine castings using Isuzu's very own patented aluminum cylinder head, and many other new components.  

A picture of the D-Max's cockpit

The Philippine-spec D-Max LS-E's plush interior

At most, the Philippine-spec 2021 Isuzu D-Max 3.0-liter variants can make up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. There’s also a more economical 1.9-liter, which can produce up to 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Either engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission. Only the 3.0-liter variants can either come with a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain, while the 1.9-liter variants are only available with 4x2. 

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max LS-E top-of-the-line variant features an upmarket interior. It now comes with leather seats and interior surfaces, a larger 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a push to start button, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic air-conditioning with rear vents, and many other niceties. 

Currently, the price of the Isuzu D-Max in the local market ranges from Php 857,000 to Php 1,825,000. For the latest car news, keep reading here on

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Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu Philippines offers the Isuzu D-Max as its entry in the midsize pickup truck segment. This tough workhorse from the Japanese carmaker is designed to take on any road. Isuzu D-Max got the reliability of its predecessors and the Fuego. However, the current pickup truck is equipped with more modern features that perfectly fit the Filipino lifestyle. Additionally, Isuzu D-max also has a remarkable rear bed size that can carry a multitude of heavy and large items. The Isuzu pickup truck can also be optioned with a set of accessories such as camper shells, bed covers, and many more. Isuzu D-Max also comes in a commercial vehicle layout. It can also be configured as the cab and chassis variant. This configuration can be had with an enclosed van type rear end, passenger layout, bed, or other job-specific configuration. Isuzu Philippines offers the third-generation D-Max with a couple of engine and transmission options. The first option is a 1.9L turbo diesel that produces 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. For car buyers who are looking for more power, they can opt for the bigger mill, which is the 3.0L engine that pumps out 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. These two engines are equipped with the brand’s BluePower technology for Euro 4 compliance and better fuel efficiency. Both engines can be paired with either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

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