2021 Isuzu D-Max earns perfect score in ANCAP tests

Updated Oct 22, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This pickup’s not only strong but safe too.    

It’s been close to a year since Isuzu launched the third-generation D-Max pickup in Thailand. With bigger dimensions, a redesigned exterior and cabin, as well as engines that are more powerful and efficient over the previous model, the new D-Max promises to take the fight to its rivals in the competitive pickup segment. 

D-Max sand

2020 has been a good year so far for the third-generation Isuzu D-Max. 

Apart from its reputation in diesel performance and reliability, the D-Max also gets high marks in terms of occupant safety. Following its exceptional showing at the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests in March this year, the pickup garnered another perfect score at the Australian NCAP evaluation. An impressive feat, considering that Isuzu customers Down Under only got their hands on the new D-Max very recently. 

All New Isuzu DMax 2021 - ANCAP Crash and Safety tests

Key to the D-Max’s stellar safety performance in the Australian assessment is the inclusion of Isuzu’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which uses stereo cameras to detect obstacles in real-world driving conditions whether in daytime or night. ADAS also features a multi-collision brake to reduce the chances of further impacts once the vehicle has been involved in a collision.

Other crucial features of ADAS include Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitor, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and AT Pedal Misapplication Mitigation.

  D-Max ANCAP side impact test

The new D-Max demonstrated both strength and smarts during the assessment. 

The new D-Max was previously tested on the ASEAN NCAP with a total score of 83.16 out of 100, which translates to a 5-star safety rating for occupant protection. It was the first pickup tested under the current 2017-2020 protocol, passing with flying colors thanks to its array of passive and active safety features. The model has outsold its closest rival, the Toyota Hilux, by more than 18,000 units in Thailand in the first half of 2020, resulting in Isuzu’s massive 45.3 percent market share in the segment.   

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Know more about Isuzu D-Max 2022

Isuzu D-Max

The Isuzu D-Max 2022 is a 5-seater pickup truck that is available in six variants, including various options for a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is offering this truck at a price that ranges from Php 862,000 to Php 1,835,000. There are two engine options powering the D-Max. One is a 1.9-liter RZ4E-TC inline-4 turbodiesel engine that makes 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, while the other is a 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX inline-4 turbodiesel engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission can be paired to the said engines.

In terms of dimensions, the D-Max spans 5,277 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width, and 1,810 mm in height. It boasts a ground clearance rated at 240 mm, as well as a wheelbase at 3,125 mm. Some of the competitors of the Isuzu pickup truck in the Philippines are the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, and Mazda BT-50.

₱ 857,000 - ₱ 1,825,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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