An updated version of the Isuzu D-Max was recently unveiled in Thailand. Although it wasn’t clear from the beginning whether this pickup truck will go on sale outside the Thai market, the very latest reports claim that it’s due to hit European dealerships in late 2016. Apart from receiving a number of exterior and interior enhancements, the upcoming D-Max will be offered with a brand new turbo-diesel engine under its hood. As a result, expect the 2017 Isuzu D-Max Diesel to bring a significantly improved fuel efficiency that meets even the Euro 6 emissions regulations.
2017 Isuzu D-Max Diesel New Diesel Engine
The upcoming D-Max is expected to adopt a 1.9-liter DDi unit that replaces the old 2.5-liter diesel. The engine with Thai specifications generates 150 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions rated at 161 g/km. According to the automaker, the all-new 1.9-liter is 19 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. Its power will be transmitted to the wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. In any case, the 2017 Isuzu D-Max Diesel is due to receive substantial improvements as far as its drivetrain is concerned.
D-Max Diesel Exterior and Interior Changes
As for the visual updates, expect the 2017 Isuzu D-Max Diesel to come with a restyled front end that includes a new grille and bumper. The revised light clusters will now incorporate LED daytime running lights. At the back, the new model gets a reshaped tailgate and new tail-lights. Now, the interior is due to receive only minor alterations. The most notable innovations comes with the “Isuzu Connect World” entertainment and connectivity system that replaces the current Pioneer system. Also, there will be a new eight-inch TFT display, while the new sound-system incorporates the segment-first roof-mounted loudspeakers. It’s also interesting to know that buyers will be able to download an Isuzu Insight economy driving applications their smartphones and then connect it with the on-board computer.
2017 Isuzu D-Max Diesel Competition
Once it hits global markets, the new Isuzu D-Max Diesel is going to face a number of new or recently updated pickup trucks. The list of its rivals includes the Mitsubishi L200, Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.