After six years of research and 4 million kilometers of testing, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX has hit Philippine shores with a Big Bang!
“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, ” said Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) President Hajime Koso during the March 4 digital launch on the company’s social media pages.
Long famous for its outstanding durability and reliability, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX has been designed “beyond the pick-up truck”.
All-New from the ground up, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX crashes the barrier between trucks and passenger cars with its BOLD, EMOTIONAL and SMART design concept.
The exterior styling utilizes the bold but emotional concept, giving the new D-MAX a muscular and aggressive stance, so unlike its more pedestrian looking forebears.
That bold and smart styling is also instantly discernable in its new interior which stresses its sharp horizontal layers design theme, reflecting the successful merger of function and design via Isuzu’s universal design concept aimed at reducing NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) ultimately resulting in a quantum leap in ride comfort for the driver and his passengers.
IMPROVED POWER PACK
Truck purists will revel in the All-New Isuzu D-MAX new 4JJ3-TCX with a vastly improved Isuzu common rail system that churns out an adrenaline pumping190 PS of power and 450 newton meters (Nm) of torque.
Its smaller brother RZ4E-TC engine has also been upgraded for faster acceleration and better overtaking performance with 150PS of maximum power and 350 Nm of torque.
PEDAL TO THE METAL
Where the road ends, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX true grit comes to fore.
Design and engineering innovations such as its 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—all work together in synergy to push the All-New D-MAX through virtually any type of terrain.
Lest the vastly improved comfort and ride lull the driver to misgivings about where it can go, engineering innovations such as the new front suspension geometry, chassis design featuring larger side rails and 8 cross members for torsional rigidity, new rear leaf spring design, ultra-high tensile steel reinforced cabin structure, and a semi mid-ship engine layout ensure the All-New D-Max gets you there, anytime, anywhere, and safely back again whatever the road or weather.
To keep its driver and passenger relaxed even for ultra-long or rough rides, the All-New D-Max boasts of a 10.1 Infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control. All these with full touch screen display of an improved navigation system, paired with a dynamic surround sound system that will make any journey a breeze.
A welcome light automatically illuminates the cabin when the driver is approaching the vehicle and a remote engine start to get going quickly when the occasion calls for it.
SAFETY FIRST, LAST AND ALWAYS
The All-New D-MAX just doesn’t get you to your destination quickly and comfortably, your safety is first, last and always remains the main consideration as demonstrated in its wide array of active safety features: 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 Brake Override System (BOS).
Your safety steps up even further to a new level 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 a plethora of active and passive safety features.
Among them: 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 All-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).
PRICING AND VARIANTS
The All-New Isuzu D-MAX is available in different cabin types and drivetrains that caters to a wide spectrum of pick-up buyers.
As a special treat to pick-up lovers nationwide, Isuzu Philippines announces its special introductory price as follows; D-MAX RZ4E 4X2 Single Cab MT P857,000; D-MAX RZ4E 4X2 LT MT P987,000; D-MAX 3.0L 4X4 LT MT P1,288,000; D-MAX RZ4E 4X2 LS MT P1,219,000; D-MAX RZ4E 4X2 LS AT P1,309,000; D-MAX 3.0L 4X2 LS MT P1,320,000; D-MAX 3.0L 4X2 LS-A AT P1,390,000; D-MAX 3.0L 4X4 LS MT P1,630,000 and the D-MAX 3.0L 4×4 LS-E AT P 1,825,000.
In addition to this, first 200 customers to reserve and purchase the All-New D-MAX in any dealership will receive a special-edition Isuzu D-MAX Miniature. 50 Limited Edition D-MAX G-Shock watches will also be raffled off to qualified D-MAX customers nationwide.
For more information about the All-New Isuzu D-MAX, log on to www.isuzuphil.com, or get in touch with your nearest Isuzu dealership at Isuzu Cagayan de Oro-Cebu Southern Motors, Inc.