While Isuzu India is making do with older version of the D-Max pickup truck, Thailand has just received a facelift for the new gen model. The Isuzu D-Max facelift’s main highlight is its new downsized 1.9-litre Ddi diesel engine.
Replacing the 2.5-litre unit, the new oil burner generates 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. It is claimed to be 19% more fuel efficienct while being 10% more powerful. Mated to a 6-speed SportShift automatic gearbox, the motor puts out 9.4% more torque and is 8.2% quicker in 0-100 kmph sprint compared to the older engine. CO2 emission stands at 161 g/km for the Spark variant. The range topping 3.0-litre diesel motor which is capable of 177 PS and 380 Nm of torque has been retained.
Visually, the facelifted model features a slightly revised front grille, headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights and new 18-inch alloy wheels. Moving upmarket, the new D-Max facelift for Thailand sports a 8-inch IsuzuConnect touchscreen infotainment system, a revised instrument console with a TFT MID and roof-mounted speakers. The company also offers the Isuzu Insight, a smartphone app which encourages economic driving manners.
Isuzu India tested waters with the old D-Max pickup and MU-7 SUV which are currently assembled at Hindustan Motor’s Chennai plant. Once its manufacturing plant at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, is ready for operation, Isuzu is expected to introduce the latest iteration of the D-Max, and the MU-X SUV in the country.
The facelifted truck starts at 490,000 (around INR 9.09 lakhs).