Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has finally launched the all-new, highly anticipated 2021 Isuzu D-Max. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new D-Max carries on the legendary reliability that the nameplate has always been known for but with better all-around capability, improved exterior and interior design, along with a comprehensive list of semi-autonomous advanced driver-assist features.
The Isuzu D-Max’s all-new exterior design is characterized by a large grille with fang-like chrome or gunmetal bars depending on the variant. This is then flanked by slimmer headlamps with daytime running lights. Isuzu says its wedge-shaped profile has been wind tunnel tested at Japan Railways’ (JR) Technical Research Institute. Meanwhile, the side profile now features a character line that runs from the front wheel arch all the way to the taillights.
There are nine variants to choose from. Most of them come as standard with halogen headlamps, with the fleet-friendly Single Cab and LT variants riding on steel wheels. Moving up to the LS, and you now get a bed liner, 17-inch silver alloy wheels and body-colored bumpers while the LS-A sees an upgrade to 17-inch matte grey alloy wheels, black B-pillars and the addition of roof rails. The 3.0 4×4 LS MT gets full LED headlights and taillights and LED foglights while the top trim LS-E gets a host of aesthetic upgrades such as a gunmetal grille and dark gray door handles.
The all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max adopts an angular, hexagonal interior design that’s inspired by fighter jets. Quality has also been improved through the use of more premium plastics as well as a stitched upper dash on higher variants. LS variants and above get a 10.1-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the LS-E getting an 8-speaker sound system. Lower variants, meanwhile, will still feature a simpler interior design meant for fleets. Smart entry with push-button start and walk-away auto lock is equipped on the 3.0 4×4 LS MT and above while the top-of-the-line LS-E gets the benefit of remote engine start.
Under the hood of the all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max is a new 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX BluePower diesel engine that now produces 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque, an increase of 13 hp and 70 Nm over the outgoing 4JJ1-TCX. The 1.9-liter RZ4E-TC engine is an all-new engine, but it still produces 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the rear or all four wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
As for safety, most variants get two airbags and brake override system. LS variants and above get electronic stability control, traction control system, hill start assist and hill descent control. The LS-A, 3.0 4×4 LS MT and LS-E see the addition of blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert while exclusive to the LS-E is Isuzu’s full suite of advanced driver-assist systems that ranging from automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam, radar cruise control, just to name a few.
The all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max is now on sale across all dealers nationwide with the following prices:
- D-Max RZ4E 4×2 Single Cab MT: P857,000
- D-Max RZ4E 4×2 LT MT: P987,000
- D-Max 3.0 4×4 LT MT: P1,288,000
- D-Max RZ4E 4×2 LS MT: P1,219,000
- D-Max RZ4E 4×2 LS AT: P1,309,000
- D-Max 3.0 4×2 LS MT: P1,320,000
- D-Max 3.0 4×2 LS-A AT: P1,390,000
- D-Max 3.0 4×4 LS MT: P1,630,000
- D-Max 3.0 4×4 LS-E AT: P1,825,000
Due to the DTI’s safeguard measures on imported vehicles, buyers of the all-new Isuzu D-Max are required to make a deposit of P120,000.
IPC is offering a special edition Isuzu D-Max miniature scale model to the first 200 customers who will reserve and purchase the all-new D-Max in any dealership. Additionally, 50 limited edition D-Max G-Shock watches will be raffled off to all qualified D-Max customers nationwide.