The next-generation D-Max is one of the most anticipated releases from Isuzu, more so after the pickup broke cover in Thailand last year. No longer sharing the same GM-based platform with the Chevrolet Colorado, the D-Max offers a host of improvements that have piqued the interest of Filipino customers.
Isuzu Philippines has pegged the launch of the local-spec D-Max for March 4, 2021, but it looks like one eager beaver couldn’t wait that long. A leaked spec sheet of the new Isuzu D-Max has been making the rounds online, listing down the available features and prices that the market can expect.
However, be warned that the carmaker has not officially confirmed the information contained therein, so we advise caution in taking the material at face value. All these can still change in the days leading up to the formal launch.
That said, the leak identifies eight trim levels for the new D-Max, ranging from a Single Cab variant to the top-of-the-line LS-E. Similar to the Thailand-spec version, the new twin-bar grille will likely be flanked by Bi-LED projector headlamps for the range-topping variant, while the rest could get multi-reflector halogens.
The Thailand-spec V-Cross variant could come here under a different name
As with the outgoing model, the interior is expected to accommodate up to five occupants. A touchscreen head unit offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto could make an appearance, along with dual-zone automatic climate control.
The PH-spec D-Max could get the Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), adapted from Subaru’s EyeSight technology. However, this will likely be offered on the range-topping variant, should Isuzu Philippines decide to bring it over.
Two engine choices are expected to be offered, a 1.9L turbodiesel mill good for 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque, and bigger 3.0L power plant that makes 188 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Consistent with overseas markets, the new D-Max could come in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drivetrains.
Here are the tentative prices for the 2021 Isuzu D-Max:
- RZ4E Single-Cab M/T - Php 857,000
- LT RZ4E 4x2 M/T - Php 987,000
- LT 3.0 4x4 M/T - Php 1,288,000
- LS RZ4E 4x2 M/T - Php 1,219,000
- LS RZ4E 4x2 A/T - Php 1,309,000
- LS 3.0 4x2 M/T - Php 1,320,000
- LS 3.0 4x4 M/T - Php 1,630,000
- LS-A 3.0 4x2 A/T - Php 1,390,000
- LS-E 3.0 4x4 A/T - Php 1,825,000
Setting aside the fact that all these figures have yet to be confirmed, are you excited for the launch of Isuzu’s new truck?
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Know more about 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.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo