The Isuzu D-Max is seriously good workhorse. This mid-sized pickup truck version has proven to be reliable and strong machine which offers good drive, strong engine and extensive range of variants. The model is based on the GM’s platform which has also been used on the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon but model features unique styling. The Isuzu has soldiered in its second generation since 2012 model year and some changes are expected considering that most of the rival manufactures have offered upgraded trucks with big improvements.
In that regard, Isuzu Motors is reported to offer facelifted version of the D-Max truck by the end of this year. This is still unofficial bur strong indications suggest that refreshed truck will likely go as the 2017 model and it should initially be offered for the Thai market while same changes will probably be applied to other markets as well. According to latest reports the 2017 Isuzu D-max will get new front end styling, reworked rear end look and revised interior. The model should also bring new turbo diesel engine and new gearboxes.
2017 Isuzu D-Max: Styling, Features
The new 2017 Isuzu D-Max has not been officially disclosed yet but based on some reliable sources this truck should introduce revised front and rear styling. The most of changes should be seen up front where almost all elements should be reworked. The model is expected to get more aggressive treatment on the front fascia and it will probably feature the most dynamic front design. There a new two-piece grille will be situated in the middle between new headlights that come with integrated daytime lights. Bellow will sit reworked bumper with center air intake and area around the fog lights will be shaped to mimic the headlights’ design. The model will also get new hood and tailgate styling with new taillights. The new 18-inch alloy wheels will be available in higher-spec versions.
The changes are also expected to happen inside. What is known so far, the new D-Max should benefit from the new 8-inch touch screen based infotainment system and there will also be new TFT instrument display. The model will also add roof-mounted loud speakers and there will probably be more trim upgrades in order to match rival models.
2017 Isuzu D-Max: Engine options
However, the biggest news for the 2017 Isuzu D-Max, according to reports, will be associated with a new engine. Namely, the model should introduce a new 1.9 liter Ddi engine which can produce about 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. What is also important, a new turbodiesel should reduce emissions to 162g/km and should deliver about 19 percent better fuel economy compared to the current 2.5 liter engine. There will also be new six-speed manual and auto transmissions. The current 3.0 liter turbo diesel which produces 177 hp and torque of 380 Nm will remain.
2017 Isuzu D-Max: Arrival, Price
The new 2017 Isuzu D-Max is expected to go on sale late this year. The price of the new models hasn’t been known yet.