The growing popularity of the mid-size pickup trucks is evident in the US and globally. The new models entered the stage and brands continue to improve their versions both in capability and sophistication. With the recent introduction of the all-new, third-generation 2020 Isuzu D-Max, the Japanese brand follows the modern trends and improvements are evident in all aspects.
The new-gen Isuzu D-max debuted for the Thai market recently when Isuzu revealed some details but enough to see that the redesigned truck is ready for the battle in the top league with the names like the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. The new Isuzu D-max even outweighs the class top-selling models in some aspects.
The redesigned Isuzu-badged, mid-size Ute debuted with more tech on board and more power under the hood. The new safety kit is also available while more sophistication and refinement can be detected inside the cabin.
2020 Isuzu D-Max: Design
The new-generation 2020 Isuzu D-Max returns to the battle with a more rugged and more modern appearance and with important upgrades under the skin.
The new Isuzu D-max grabs attention with more intense body lines and more aggressive front and rear fascias. The front section of the model is dominated by the large, two-tier grille flanked by the new bi-LED headlights.
The redesigned model has also a new front bumper and a more sculpted hood. A more prominent character line and reshaped fenders get attention from the side perspective.
The rear looks also more modern thanks to the new LED taillights and new tailgate and step bumper.
The new Isuzu D-max comes in three cab styles including a Regular Cab, Space Cab and Crew Cab. The Crew Cab version measures 5265 mm in length, 1790 mm in height and 1870 mm in width.
Important to mention is also fact that the new-gen version has by 20 percent improved body rigidity. The next-generation Mazda BT-50 will share the underpinning and powertrains with the all-new Isuzu D-Max.
The next Isuzu D-Max is also new inside the cabin with improvements in design, material quality and available equipment.
The model employs new materials and tech features. The high-end versions will get leather and piano-black treatment. There will also be improved seat comfort and new dash design. The new and upscale cabin will come with nice contrasting inserts in the top grades and with a large 9-inch center display. Isuzu follows the trend of the large center touchscreens which provides access to navigation and smartphone support. A smaller 7-inch display will be installed in lower grades.
The new truck will also offer push-button start, voice recognition, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and parking sensors as the standard equipment in the upper trims.
The brand is also keen to improve the model’s safety ratings and the Thai version comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, hill start assist and hill descent control. In other markets like Australia, Isuzu should offer automatic emergency braking as well.
2020 Isuzu D-Max: Powertrains
Complementing structural, visual, cabin and tech upgrades of the new 2020 Isuzu D-Max are also significant powertrain improvements.
The redone truck comes with the same engine displacements as the current version but with improved performance. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine under the hood of the new Isuzu D-max is the revision of the current 4jj1 unit codenamed now 4jj3. The redeveloped engine makes 188hp (140 kW) and torque of 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) which is an improvement from the current 130 kW and 430 Nm. The peak torque is available from 1, 600 rpm. The new engine version should also provide better fuel efficiency and reduced noise. It will come with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
A 1.9-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine will also return but Isuzu hasn’t revealed details and specs of this unit.
The new D-Max comes also with revised suspension and steering. The revised four-wheel-drive system employs electromagnetic rear differential lock which will provide better switch between 2WD and 4WD. The comprehensive mechanic upgrades include also improved braking system which comes with larger rotors.
2020 Isuzu D-Max: Release, Price
The all-new 2020 Isuzu D-Max should be available in Thailand soon while it will reach other markets in 2020. Isuzu hasn’t yet talked about the price but there should be a slight increase considering the level of improvements.