2018 Isuzu D-Max is coming up as one of the best compacts. This is because the previous generation model bought several upgrades and 2018 D-Max will surely emphasize and improvise on it. On the other side, this upcoming Isuzu D-Max might put out a tough competition against trucks like Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger.
Speculations on 2018 Isuzu D-Max’s Powertrain
As far as performance of pickup trucks go, most automakers are trying to present efficient powertrains with versatile capabilities. Fortunately, this upcoming 2018 Isuzu D-Max is expected to come with an array of powertrain for catering various performance flavors.
- The 1st engine is a 1.9L inline 4 capable of producing a good 130 HP and 160 lb-ft torque. With mid-duty capabilities, this engine might be able to pull out almost 3,300 pounds of towing capacity. Apart from this, EPA ratings might check at 18 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on highways and 17 mpg on a combined scale.
- Another engine option is a 2.5L inline 4 that might be rated to produce 145 HP of power and 144 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system and manual shifting might come as optional.
- Lastly, a 3.0-liter V6 is expected to top the rev range. Its outputs are expected to reach 310 HP and 347 lb-ft. Similarly, fuel economy is projected to check at 20 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway/ 19 mpg combined.
Fascinations are not just on the powertrain as a heavy cosmetic update for Isuzu D-Max 2018 is in suspicions too. According to what the rendered images hold, it’s the front fascia that is holding most of the changes. Going specific, the headlights wear a new styling that is dramatically different from the previous model. These headlights have a sleek profile and incorporate LED daytime running lights.
Down below, the front bumper of 2018 Isuzu D-Max is retaining the old styling as the fog light housing, and air intake’s design are pretty similar to its predecessor. New 21-inch cast alloy wheels with chrome highlights are to come as standard. The rendered images also showcase sporty roof rails with chrome accents. Similarly, the cargo side rails wear a matte finish. The rear fascia’s changed too as the taillights and bumper convey a dramatic new styling.
2018 Isuzu D-Max – Interior features
Some major changes could be also expected in the interior with the addition of bloat-load of tech features. The driver’s gauge cluster is to see significant improvements as it will be reorganized with a secondary TFT display.
Other than that, the seats are expected to be plush and wear leather upholstery. Other features would include dual-zone climate control, power lumbar support, high-res audio and telescoping steering wheel (with heating).
Price and Launch Date
As speculated, the pricing of this 2018 Isuzu D-Max will stay around the range of $35,000 and $45,000. Dealerships might get this model by the end of this year or during the 1st quarters of 2018.