ISUZU launched its all-new D-Max with applause from its fans for its redesign, taking into careful consideration the modern-day Filipino’s ever-changing needs, meeting the unpredictable daily demands of both work and lifestyle, while still achieving that remarkable balance between toughness and style.
“We are very excited to introduce this model to the Philippine market—a market that has been particularly special for us since there are a lot of scenic routes and challenging terrains all over the country that a pick-up and 4×4 enthusiast would love to traverse, especially on the weekends. Because of that, we’ve made sure that the all-new D-Max will have a wide range of choices to cater to every consumer’s needs,” Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) President Hajime Koso said in a virtual media conference last March 4.
Behind the new D-Max is 6 years of research and 4 million kilometers of testing to confirm its innovations. Built from the ground up, the redesigned pick-up’s changes centered on the bold, emotional and smart design concept. On one hand, the exterior styling moves to more contoured lines and bolder strokes to create a hulkier, yet distinctly sporty appearance.
Its interior cabin, on the other hand, is designed with Isuzu’s bold but smart concept which emphasizes on the sharp horizontal layers design theme. Most of the features have been redesigned under Isuzu’s universal design concept to minimize vibration, reduce cabin noise, giving the driver and passengers a more comfortable drive.
Under the hood, the all-new D-Max is now powered by the new 4JJ3-TCX which uses a highly advanced Isuzu common rail system that can deliver responsive power and top performance capable of producing 190 PS of power and 450 Nm of torque. Still available is the RZ4E-TC engine also boasts an improved engine performance, that promises faster acceleration and better overtaking performance that can produce 150PS of maximum power and 350 Newton meters of torque.
Design and engineering innovations—such as the one-piece aluminum tail shaft, 800mm water wading depth capability, newly designed steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, redesigned gear lever for better gear selection and control (for both MT and AT), Terrain Command Select Dial, and electronic differential lock—ensures that the D-Max can overcome virtually all types of terrain. New front suspension geometry, chassis design featuring larger side rails and 8 cross member for torsional rigidity, new rear leaf spring design, ultra-high tensile steel-reinforced cabin structure, and a semi mid-ship engine design add to the overall toughness of this brute.
It also comes with a welcome light system that automatically illuminates the cabin room when the driver is approaching the vehicle. Along with this, the D-Max also has a new auto lock system, follow me home light function, new turn indicator function and a remote start engine functionality.
The all-new Isuzu D-Max has been redesigned to keep its driver and passenger entertained. Its new 10.1 Infotainment system has Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control. Active safety features include the anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) with brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC) with traction control system (TCS), hill start assist (HSA) and hill descent control (HDC), and the brake override system (BOS). Pricing starts at P857K for the 4×2 single cab all the way up to P1.825K for the 3.0-L 4×4.
Safety goes a notch higher with the D-Max 3.0 LS-E variant, with its new Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) that employs state-of-the-art sensors and a first in its class SMART DUO CAM that enables the D-Max to constantly monitor the surrounding environment, thus offering the driver the following active and passive safety features: Forward collision warning (FCW); Autonomous emergency brake (AEB); Turn Assist; Pedal Mis-application mitigation; Adaptive cruise control (ACC); manual speed limiter (MSL); lane departure warning (LDW); blind spot monitoring (BSM); rear cross traffic alert (RCTA); parking aid, and multi-collision brake (MCB). On top these, the new D-Max comes with 7 S.R.S Airbags and has been given a 5-star safety rating by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
Isuzu Philippines announces its special introductory price as follows:
RZ4E 4X2 Single Cab MT P857,000
RZ4E 4X2 LT MT P987,000
3.0L 4X4 LT MT P1,288,000
RZ4E 4X2 LS MT P1,219,000
RZ4E 4X2 LS AT P1,309,000
3.0L 4X2 LS MT P1,320,000
3.0L 4X2 LS-A AT P1,390,000
3.0L 4X4 LS MT P1,630,000
3.0L 4×4 LS-E AT P 1,825,000.
In addition to this, first 200 customers who will reserve and purchase the All-New D-Max in any dealership will receive a special-edition Isuzu D-Max Miniature. Plus, 50 Limited Edition D-Max G-Shock watches will be raffled off to all qualified D-Max customers nationwide.