The big, beefy Isuzu D-Max that catches the fancy of many as the ideal lifestyle truck in India, but requires a commercial license to be driven is a machine we absolutely love, here at Motoroids. The tough-as-nails burly truck has now received a mid-life refresh in Thailand, and will then make its way to India in the following months.
The official launch of the pick-up truck has happened and here is what you can expect if you wish to stand out from the crowd.
The refreshed model gets a properly revised front fascia with an imposing radiator grille, all-new ‘tube’ LED headlights with integrated DRLs, along with new 18 inch wheels. Also new are the shark-fin style antenna and the graphics, along with the styling for the tail-lamps. The bonnet has been reshaped too for the new model.
Step in, and there are plenty of changes to be found. There would be an option of an eight inch touchscreen infotainment system for the top spec variants. In addition, there will also be a new TFT instrument cluster. The new system is termed the ‘Connect World’ in Isuzu speak, which allows users to connect their smartphones to the vehicle’s infotainment system. On the safety front, the new D-Max comes equipped with dual frontal airbags and electronics governing the chassis and brakes.
The biggest news with the new D-Max, however, is the new engine that it will come equipped with. The new 1.9-litre Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel engine will replace the 2.5 litre turbodiesel unit. The new 1.9 litre four cylinder engine is expected to dish out 147 hp of impressive power along with 350 Nm of torque. The new downsized engine is claimed to be 10% more powerful, 9% torquier and 20% lighter in weight. The range topping 3.0 litre diesel engine with 177bhp and 280 Nm of torque will continue unaltered. Transmission duties are taken care by a new six speed Sport-shift gearbox
Expect the refreshed D-Max to make its way to India soon. Would you fancy one?