2023 Isuzu D-Max Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated Apr 21, 2023 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

It gets subtle but visually impactful changes. 

A year after its ASEAN debut, the facelifted version for the third generation 2023 Isuzu D-Max has finally arrived in the Philippine market.  

2023 Isuzu D-Max

The 2023 Isuzu D-Max

Being a facelift, it carries over a large portion of the D-Max's long list of features including the same powertrain. It does, however, sport a revised exterior look. 

pre-facelift Isuzu D-Max

The outgoing pre-facelift Isuzu D-Max

So how does it compare to the outgoing, pre-facelift Isuzu D-Max? Let’s find out via this comparison. 

Isuzu D-Max Old vs New: Exterior 

The biggest visual change on the 2023 D-Max is found on its front end. Particularly, the fang-line protrusions on its grille slats were shortened a fair bit. Plus, the said pieces now come in a new black two-tone color, while the old one was coated in a single color.  

2023 D-Max rear

The new D-Max from the rear

From the sides, the new model now comes with a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels. The design for these wheels is a much more conventional spoked look, whereas the old D-Max rode on a set of wheels that mostly covered up the brakes.  

Also new to the 2023 D-Max are grey-colored overfenders which contrast with the truck’s body color. Its cargo extenders and front bumper guard also gained this new color scheme. The older model got grey overfenders, but those were a few shades lighter than the new ones.  

For the most part, though, the silhouette of the 2023 D-Max remains unchanged. It still has the same curves and angles as the outgoing model, thus retaining the machoness that it is known for. 

pre-facelift D-Max's rear end

The pre-facelift D-Max's rear end

 Lastly, the 2023 D-Max also gets the new Isla Gray color option for the LS-E and LS-A trims. 

 Isuzu D-Max Old vs New: Interior 

Step inside the 2023 D-Max and one will find the same exact cabin arrangement as the outgoing model.  

Retained on the newer version is the same set of features which includes plenty of soft-touch surfaces, a 4.2 information display, 60:40 split folding rear seats, and leather or fabric seats depending on the trim.  

inside the updated D-Max

A peek inside the updated D-Max

The top-spec LS-E for the updated 2023 version still gets an automatic climate control system, a 10.1-inch touchscreen headunit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8-piece speaker system.  

Driver amenities carried over to the new 2023 Isuzu D-Max LS-E include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, and a remote engine start system.  

Being a facelift of the current third-gen model, the D-Max's five-star safety rating from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program still applies to the 2023 version. The top-spec LS-E in particular, gets a whole host of safety features like blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control w/ stop & go function, etc.  

The pre-facelifted model's cockpit.

The pre-facelifted model's cockpit. 

Standard equipment for the LS-E, LS-A, and LT trims was also carried over from the old D-Max to the new 2023 model. Examples include anti-lock braking, stability control, brake assist, and a brake override system. 

Isuzu D-Max Old vs New: Engine 

Powering the new 2023 Isuzu D-Max LS-E and LS-A are the same powertrains found on the outgoing D-Max. These are the 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX turbodiesel paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. At the most, the 3.0-liter engine for the D-Max still produces up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. 

D-Max 3.0-liter engine

The facelifted D-Max LS-E and LS-A trims still use the 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX engine

For those eyeing the 2023 Isuzu D-Max as their next ride, note that its price now ranges from Php 1,390,000 to Php 1,700,000 for the LS-A. The LS-E meanwhile, retails at Php 1,905,000. Note that the facelift changes only apply to the LS-A and LS-E. 

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Know more about Isuzu D-Max 2024

Isuzu D-Max

The Isuzu D-Max 2023 is a 5-seater pickup truck that is available in several variants with various options for a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is offering this truck at a price that ranges from Php 917,000 to Php 1,9055,000. 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 of 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.

₱ 917,000 - ₱ 1,905,000

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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