Isuzu has updated its range of D-Max dual-cab utes for MY18 with interior tweaks and revised suspension while retaining competitive pricing.
D-Max is one of just two model offerings from the Japanese manufacturer, and is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 variants, with three different dual-cab trim levels.
The LS-U 4x2 is the cheapest offering, at $44,100, while the flagship LS-T can be bought for $46,900 in two-wheel-drive trim.
The LS-U in 4x4 configuration is sold with either a manual gearbox ($46,600) or with an automatic ($48,700), while the LS-T 4x4 is only sold with a self-shifting unit for $54,700.
A mid-range variant dubbed LS-M is available in 4x4 only, and can be had with either a six-speed manual ($46,900) or six-speed automatic ($49,000) gearbox.
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All variants are powered by the same 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, making 130kW at 3600rpm, and 430Nm at 2000rpm.
The D-Max drinks diesel fuel at a claimed rate of 7.7L/100km in all spec levels, and is fitted with a 76 litre fuel tank.
Each 4x4 model is fitted with a control system called Terrain Command that can shift between two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive on the fly, at up to 100km/h. Low-range gears are also available for off-roading.
Isuzu offers a five-year/130,000km warranty as standard, accompanied by five years of roadside assistance, and capped price servicing.
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The D-Max’s big claim to fame is its class-leading 3500kg braked towing capacity, while the rear suspension set-up has been changed from a five-leaf to three-leaf spring for better ride comfort.
All variants have a full-size spare wheel, and three child-seat tethers – the latter is an increasingly important factor as dual-cabs become more popular with families.
The update doesn’t add any new safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, but the D-Max is fitted with ABS, ESC, traction control, emergency brake assist, trailer sway control, hill start assist, hill descent control, reversing camera, and six airbags as standard.
Interior tweaks are reserved for the LS-T, which gains leather accented seats and an electrically adjustable drivers’ seat.
Two new colours have been added to the range for the LS-T.