Confirmed: Next-gen 2021 Isuzu D-Max to make Philippine debut next year

Updated Oct 06, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Are you excited for the next-gen D-Max?

During a Zoom conference for Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s (IPC) 300,000th unit celebration, the company confirmed that the next-generation Isuzu D-Max will be launched locally in 2021. This is big news, seeing that the local car scene has been relatively waiting for this pickup truck’s arrival. However, IPC didn’t provide an exact date for the launch.

A picture of the 3rd-gen Isuzu D-Max

This news will get a lot of people excited

That being said, the current Isuzu D-Max has been in the market since 2013, which is a good seven-year run. Despite that, the said model has been going strong probably due to the fact that IPC has continuously updated the model with new variants. Just a couple of months ago in June, IPC launched the 4x4 version of the D-Max Boondock.

Regardless, introducing the third-generation D-Max to the Philippines is inevitable as it is a vast improvement over the 2nd-generation D-Max. Its new 4JJ3-TCX Inline-4 turbo diesel is much more powerful, it comes with more features, and its styling has been updated to look more modern as well.

In addition to that, the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the Australian NCAP recently completed its testing of the D-Max. The model got high marks in occupant safety. So this proves that the new D-Max is not only strong, rugged, and high-tech, but also very safe. This also makes the D-Max the first-ever pickup truck to gain a high safety rating under the 2017-2020 NCAP protocols. The new D-Max after all comes with a smorgasbord of safety features like its Advanced Driver Assistance System and eight airbags.

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A picture of the Isuzu D-Max showing off its aerodynamics.

Other improvements in the new D-Max include better aerodynamics

In Thailand, the 2021 Isuzu D-Max has already beaten the Toyota Hilux. In the same market, it even managed to gain a massive 45 percent market share in the pick-up truck segment. Suffice to say, this news of the new Isuzu pickup truck’s future entry to the Philippines is nothing short of exciting.

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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

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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