Currently, here in the Philippines, Isuzu is still selling the 2nd-generation D-Max. And guess what, loads of people are still buying the model despite the fact that it’s been around since 2012.
2020 Isuzu D-MAX - Perfect Truck!
And for good reason; it’s a robust pick-up truck with a perfect balance of power, utility, and comfort. And overall, it’s a good deal because of our excise taxes since pick-up trucks are exempt from it.
A couple of months ago, however, Isuzu revealed the all-new 3rd-generation RG01 Isuzu D-Max. It’s already available in Thailand where it’s being manufactured.
As such, we deem that it’s time to share with you our first impressions before its inevitable launch here in the country.
On the outside, the 3rd-generation D-Max is a far cry from the previous generation model. It’s more modern looking, whilst still keeping tough and rugged design cues.
It's very mean looking that's for sure
Upfront, the Isuzu D-Max 2020 is fitted with a pair of bi-LED projector headlights whilst the rear are LEDs. Back to the front, the grille is somewhat similar as it still has those “fanged”, chrome-clad twin slats stretching across the grille.
The front fascia, however, has sharper angles and the character lines found on the sides of the hood are more prominent.
Note the integrated rear bumper found on the top of the line models
In terms of size, the new D-Max is obviously much larger than the previous version. This further emphasizes the redesigned overall look and it provides the D-Max more road presence partly due to the size and partly due to its very aggressive, Audi-esque front end.
And lastly, Isuzu improved the D-Max’s shape, making it more aerodynamic which is always a plus for traveling on the road.
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Inside, the RG01 D-Max is miles apart from the current version in terms of appearance.
On top of that, it now comes with a lot of useful features like a larger 9-inch touchscreen that’s capable of meeting your basic needs like smartphone connectivity and navigation. There’s even a voice recognition function.
What’s definitely changes apart from becoming modern and high-tech however is the new D-Max’s interior space. While the new one is a bit shorter, it’s definitely wider so we get more elbow room. Legroom is also larger due to its longer wheelbase.
This two-toned interior found on the top of the line variants is definitely, very premium looking
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Unlike most pick-up truck models who seemingly forget about passenger comfort, the D-Max comes with an AC vent for the rear and even a USB charging port.
The amount of safety features aboard the new D-Max is also impressive. It now comes with active safety systems like cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot monitoring system on top of the already competent suite of passive safety features.
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Under its hood, the new D-Max is powered by an improved 3.0-liter turbodiesel which can make a maximum of 188 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.
The said engine is also mounted further into the vehicle providing more balanced. Couple to that is the fact that Isuzu has vastly improved the RG01’s steering sensitivity thus providing it with more agility.
Despite 2020 MIAS’s postponement (we were hoping to see this new model there), there’s still a lot of hype among Isuzu fans when the 3rd-generation, 2020 D-Max is concerned.
Isuzu fans are particularly loyal fans of their brand after all and a new and improved version of the well-loved D-Max marque will only drive to catch their (and our) attention.
Who wouldn't be excited?
For more first impressions on the latest car models, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.