Isuzu launches updated D-Max

Isuzu has launched an updated version of its popular D-Max pick-up, which includes new styling, improved off-road performance and new safety features.

The D-Max range has been structured into three segments: Business, All-Purpose and Adventure. A new line-up of trucks sit within each range to suit every customer’s requirements. It retains its one-tonne payload and up to 3.5 tonnes towing capacity.

The Business range features the Utility trim, and this base specification is offered in a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 and in three cab types: single, extended and double cab. Developed with work in mind, the Utility features a range of practical and safety features to ensure drivers are as productive, safe and comfortable as possible.

Additional equipment – which is available on all variants – includes automatic headlights with high beam assist, automatic windscreen wipers, speed-sensitive power steering, DAB radio and a stop & start system.

Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) are now standard on all models. Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning & Prevention are fitted on every model and, for the first time in the pick-up segment, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Emergency Lane Keeping are fitted on all double cabs.

Utility models are suited to working environments with features like an easily-cleanable vinyl flooring and durable steel wheels, while the bumpers, door mirrors and handles are made from a hard-wearing black plastic.

The All-Purpose range consists of the DL20 and DL40, with ‘DL’ signifying that the rear diff-lock becomes a standard feature and the ‘20’ and ‘40’ demonstrating the model hierarchy. All-Purpose models are also available with an automatic transmission, which come with the additional ADAS functionality of Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist.

The DL20 features heated front seats, rear parking sensors, front fog lights and a front centre armrest for increased comfort and practicality, while body-coloured front and rear bumpers, silver door handles, a medium grey radiator grille and 18” alloy wheels provide a more premium appearance.

DL40 adds Bi-LED headlights, LED front fog lights, daytime running lights and rear lights, a chrome radiator grille, silver side steps and two-tone 18” alloy wheels. DL40 models also include front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Keyless entry, introduced from DL40, works on the driver and passenger side and is accompanied by a push-button start system and welcome light. The interior has leather upholstery, a leather steering wheel and an 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat. The 7” multifunction colour touchscreen is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there’s also a dual-zone climate control system, which allows the driver and passenger to set different temperatures.

Topping off the new model line-up is V-Cross, which sits within the Adventure range. It features ‘Gun Metal’ exterior styling on the radiator grille, side steps, door mirrors, door handles and 18” alloy wheels. The interior has a 9” multifunction colour touchscreen with a CD player and eight speakers, there is an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic headlight levelling.

There are up to eight colours to choose from on the D-Max. Utility models are available in Splash White, Mercury Silver, Obsidian Grey and Onyx Black, while DL20 models also come with the option of Spinel Red, Valencia Orange is offered from DL40 and Pearl White is exclusive to V-Cross models.

Priced from £20,999 CVOTR, the new Isuzu D-Max has already won the 2021 Pick-Up of the Year award from 4×4 Magazine and become the first pick-up to achieve the maximum 5-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP tests. All D-Max models come with Isuzu’s 125,000 mile/5 Year warranty.

The new D-Max arrives in UK showrooms this month.

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now the editor of our three commercial vehicle titles: The Van Expert, The Truck Expert and Commercial Vehicle Engineer.

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