The all-new Isuzu D-Max finally made its Philippine debut last March. As the carmaker’s contender in the midsize pickup segment, the truck doesn’t disappoint, with an array of tech, performance, and safety improvements housed in a more aggressive-looking visage.
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But what’s the best way to defeat the D-Max at its own game? Another D-Max, of course. The plot twist is that it’s a trim level that’s not available in our shores - yet. This is the D-Max X-Terrain, Isuzu’s range-topping variant for the Australian market.
At first glance, it’s easy to mistake the X-Terrain for the Philippine-spec D-Max LS-E trim as it sports identical dark gray elements on the grille, body cladding, and side stepboards, as well as the same 18-inch alloy wheels. A major visual feature on the X-Terrain is the large aero sports bar that comes right after the cabin, framing the rear glass. On the cargo bed, a lockable roller tonneau hard cover comes standard.
Notice the aero sports bar mounted right after the cabin
Inside, the D-Max X-Terrain is practically no different from the version we have here, save for a smaller 9-inch touchscreen head unit that still offers Bluetooth, USB, and auxiliary input, apart from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of safety, the variant also offers the full range of Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) features derived from Subaru EyeSight tech such as Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning. It even has a world-first center airbag between the front seats, although it loses the auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Under the hood, the X-Terrain is still powered by the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel rated at 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed ‘Rev-Tronic’ automatic gearbox. The Australia-spec model also gets an electronic locking rear differential, something that’s only on the LS 4x4 manual variant here.
The Isuzu D-Max range boasts more than 50 optional accessories in the Australian market
Isuzu Australia even offers a range of optional accessories to make the X-Terrain look even more imposing, numbering over 50 in fact. These include a roof rack, roof box, snorkel, floor mats, protectors for both the headlamps and hood, as well as optional bull bars and nudge bars designed to work with the rig’s safety tech.
The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain retails for AU$59,990 Down Under, adding up to Php 2.23 million exclusive of taxes and duties. That’s a price difference of more than Php 400,000 from our flagship LS-E 4x4 A/T. But if you’re in the market for a top-spec D-Max with a rear locking differential, it might be time to call Isuzu Philippines’ attention.
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Know more about Isuzu D-Max 2021
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.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo