With sales in Thailand scheduled to commence on October 19th Isuzu Ute has debuted its all-new D-Max, the first complete product change for eight years.
With claims of market leading fuel economy and low emissions, the new D-MAX will be sold globally with a 1.9 litre and 3.0 litre diesel engine option, although the Australian buyer will be looking at the 3.0 litre.
A tougher, more rugged appearance, combined with deeper wading ability (800mm) comes in with engine mods that include 250MPa high fuel injection pressures, an electronically controlled VSG turbocharger and a single alloy drive shaft for reduced weight. An electro-magnetic rear diff’ lock is a new addition.
The turning circle radius has been reduced and improvements to the suspension with a wider track dimension are said to improve roadholding and handling.
A more rigid chassis construction combines with higher strength steel of the body to improve rigidity by 20 percent and consequently benefit vehicle stability.
Power for the 3.0 litre comes in at 140kW at 3,600rpm, with peak torque of 450Nm rated at 1,600-2,600 rpm. Emissions are down to 181.