The Highlights of the All-New Isuzu D-MAX

With over 4-million kilometres and 6-years of development testing invested into the All-New D-MAX, Isuzu’s seventh-generation ute is the most advanced, refined and sophisticated vehicle ever produced by the famed Japanese auto maker. Available from Isuzu UTE Australia Dealers from September-onwards, the All-New D-MAX will be available across three cabin types; Single Cab, Space Cab and Crew Cab, with four model variants; SX, LS-M, LS-U and the range-topping, X-TERRAIN.

The new-flagship, D-MAX X-TERRAIN comes with an array of additional inclusions such as remote engine start, Smart Entry and Start, Walk Away Door Lock, and a lavish piano black and leather-accented interior.

Equipped with a large 9″ infotainment display with DAB+ radio, voice recognition, Sat-Nav, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. The exterior design follows similar modern cues, including front and rear underbody spoilers, roof rails, fender flares, an aero sports bar, roller tonneau cover and tub liner.

“We’ve completely redesigned and modernised the Isuzu D-MAX from the ground up—with a new standard of premium features, blended with a suite of technological advancements and sharp, yet bold aesthetics,” said Isuzu UTE Australia Managing Director, Hiroyasu Sato.

“I’m proud to say that the Australian specification of the All-New D-MAX was designed with feedback from Australian drivers, our Dealers and the media. We’ve refined the areas that traditional ute drivers need, introduced features that families want and improved its capability to make the All-New D-MAX the ultimate all-rounder for the modern working families.”

21MY D-MAX Creek Splash 4×4 X-TERRAIN Volcanic Amber.

Fuelled by local Australian feedback, Isuzu engineers have evolved the proven 4JJ1 platform to now produce 140kW at 3,600rpm and 450Nm at 1,600rpm through to 2,600rpm, with the new 4JJ3-TCX sporting a 10kW and 20Nm hike over the preceding engine. The strength of the engine comes courtesy of the wider and stronger torque band, with the 450Nm peak figure now available across a flat 1,000rpm stretch—a torque-band five times wider and more usable than its predecessor. Testament to how torque-efficient the 4JJ3-TCX is, midrange torque has also been further finessed, with a hearty 400Nm on tap from only 1,400rpm through to 3,250rpm.

Quieter, more thermally efficient and now generating more power and torque, the 4JJ3-TCX sports new engine internals, a more efficient electronically controlled Variable Geometry System (VGS) Turbocharger and a new high efficiency, high-pressure direct injection fuel system, that makes the most of each drop of diesel. With less internal wear and tear through engineering, the new 4JJ3-TCX makes more power and torque, while emitting less noise and vibrations. Compared to the previous generation, this engine is as quiet as they come.

Engine power is now transferred to the road through a more efficient and faster-shifting 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

Bolder, wider and distinguished with cues that are unmistakably Isuzu, the All-New D-MAX boasts a ruggedly refined demeanour—particularly the flagship X-TERRAIN model. With larger and deeper rear trays, a longer wheelbase and lean horizontal bodylines, the All-New D-MAX is sleeker and more aerodynamically efficient than the preceding D-MAX.

With off-roader enthusiasts in mind, Isuzu engineers have improved the All-New D-MAX’s off-road tractability, durability and capability. 4×4 models benefit from a solid and lighter one-piece aluminium tailshaft, transferring to the rear differential, which is now fitted with an electromagnetic diff-lock for constant traction when off-roading.

21MY D-MAX Beach Day Back 4×4 X-TERRAIN Cobalt Blue.

Isuzu engineers have cleverly engineered the engine air intake system, based on Australian feedback, which has increased the D-MAX’s wading depth up to 800mm. Under the D-MAX is more ground clearance with a comprehensive redesign of the body and chassis, comes a welcomed improvement to the Approach, Departure and Ramp-Over Angles, which further aids in the All-New D-MAX’s off-road prowess.

The bold design continues throughout the interior, equipped with new levels of technology, comfort, convenience and connectivity than ever before. Whether it’s the single cab, space cab or crew cab, each D-MAX cabin is laid out to be functional and comfortable with premium materials used throughout.

At the heart of the dash is an high-definition 9″ infotainment display (LS-U and X-TERRAIN), equipped with Sat-Nav, DAB+ radio, voice recognition, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay as standard. SX and LS-M models sport a 7″ display, with the same resolution, which looks crisper and more defined due to the tighter pixel density.

All buttons, switches and knobs have been meticulously designed to be ergonomic to use, with precise tactility when used. LS-U and X-TERRAIN models further benefit from dual zone climate control for the front row and AC vents in the rear, standard across all crew cab models. The driver is kept up to date with vehicle systems via a new 4.2″ Multi-Information Display which is customisable, relaying data such as the digital speedometer, turn-by-turn navigation instructions, fuel usage and range data and menu sequences to the vehicle’s IDAS. The driver’s indicator and wiper stalks now feature Comfort Turn indicator operation for easy lane changing and automatic rain sensing and headlight control, with automatic high-beam control.

Equipped with the brains to match the brawn, standard across the All-New Isuzu D-MAX range is Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS); a suite of comprehensive safety and convenience features that complement the driver and dramatically improves the level of safety for all occupants, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Some of these active safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control with stop & go traffic functionality, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Prevention, alongside other potentially lifesaving technology such as 8-airbags, including a knee and centre airbag.

21MY Isuzu D-MAX LS-U Interior Dash AT.

Isuzu have pioneered this innovative technology for the first time in the Australian D-MAX, developing this suite to ensure it meets the extremely high safety standards in Australia. This system has been developed with customer’s needs in mind, working seamlessly with frontal protection accessories, such as bullbars and nudge bars, which will be available as a genuine part at time of launch from Isuzu UTE Dealers.

Engineered for Australian conditions, IDAS has seen some extensive localised testing, which has enabled Isuzu engineers to finely calibrate the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) for Australian roads. Standard across the range, a new array of sensors now control headlight and windshield wiper operation, automatically turning them on and off when needed. Automatic High Beam control autonomously dims the high beams, when traffic is detected to avoid dazzling other drivers.

21MY D-MAX Site Work with talent 4×4 SX Single Mercury Silver LS-M Crew Mercury Silver 4×2 SX Space Obsidian Grey.

Providing additional safety, all D-MAX models, including Cab Chassis models come standard with a Reverse Camera including integrated parking lines and a rear-step bumper, which houses the rear IDAS radar sensors—that also take care of the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring.

With surveys detailing that close to half of all Isuzu owners tow with their vehicle—up to the maximum 3.5-tonnes, all models come equipped with Trailer Sway Control (TSC), which adds that extra layer of certainty when towing.

“The All-New D-MAX pioneer’s active and passive safety technology previously un-seen in a ute, striving to achieve the highest possible ANCAP safety rating,” said Isuzu UTE Australia Managing Director, Hiroyasu Sato.

Backed with confidence, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX range comes standard with Isuzu UTE Australia’s comprehensive ownership care package program, Service Plus 6-7-7; encompassing a 6 Year/150,000km Warranty, up to 7 Years Roadside Assistance when serviced through IUA Dealers and 7 Years Capped Price Servicing (CPS) program.

Recommended Servicing Interval
15,000km / 12 months
Capped Price Servicing Cost$ 389$ 409$ 609$ 509$ 299$ 749$ 409$ 3,373

In keeping with customer feedback, the All-New D-MAX range will be available in a tasteful selection of colours and finishes.

  • Mineral White
  • Basalt Black mica
  • Cobalt Blue mica
  • Mercury Silver metallic
  • Obsidian Grey metallic
  • Marble White pearl (LS-U and X-TERRAIN exclusive)
  • Magnetic Red mica (LS-U and X-TERRAIN exclusive)
  • Volcanic Amber metallic (X-TERRAIN exclusive)

The first examples of the All-New Isuzu D-MAX will arrive at Isuzu UTE Dealers towards the end of August, before the official on sale date of September 1, 2020.

Pricing – RRP from 1st September, 2020

DrivetrainModelBody TypeTransmissionRear Tray RRP
4×2Single Cab Chassis SXSingle CabMTCab Chassis $       32,200
Single Cab Chassis SXSingle CabATCab Chassis $       34,200
Crew Cab Chassis SXCrew CabATCab Chassis $       40,700
Space Cab Ute SXSpace CabATUte $       38,900
Crew Cab Ute SXCrew CabATUte $       41,900
Crew Cab Ute LS-UCrew CabATUte $       48,900
4×4Single Cab Chassis SXSingle CabMTCab Chassis $       40,200
Single Cab Chassis SXSingle CabATCab Chassis $       42,200
Space Cab Chassis SXSpace CabMTCab Chassis $       43,700
Space Cab Chassis SXSpace CabATCab Chassis $       45,700
Crew Cab Chassis SXCrew CabMTCab Chassis $       46,700
Crew Cab Chassis SXCrew CabATCab Chassis $       48,700
Crew Cab Ute SXCrew CabMTUte $       47,900
Crew Cab Ute SXCrew CabATUte $       49,900
Crew Cab Ute LS-MCrew CabMTUte $       51,000
Crew Cab Ute LS-MCrew CabATUte $       53,000
Space Cab Ute LS-USpace CabATUte $       53,900
Crew Cab Ute LS-UCrew CabMTUte $       54,900
Crew Cab Ute LS-UCrew CabATUte $       56,900
Crew Cab Ute X-TERRAINCrew CabATUte $       62,900

For years, the Isuzu D-MAX has represented exceptional value within the 1-tonne ute segment, as vehicle of practicality, durability and versatility amongst buyers. Celebrating the launch of the All-New DMAX and for an initial introductory period from 1st September, Isuzu UTE Australia will launch a selected-range of models with introductory drive away pricing of $29,990 for the 4×2 D-MAX Single Cab Chassis SX MT and $58,990 for the new flagship D-MAX X-TERRAIN.

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