The new generation Isuzu D-Max debuted recently in the Thai specific form and it impresses with the level of upgrades in all aspects. The new Isuzu D-Max replaces the current version which has been around since 2011 and with the upgraded structure, more rugged appearance, more sophisticated interior and newly available high-tech features it qualified for the top league competition. The redesigned Isuzu D-Max will again be marketed in various body styles and equipment levels and the 2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is at the top of the food chain.
The model comes with the new tech and safety technologies and offers some features that are not present in the top-class models. The V-Cross version features also unique exterior and premium cabin design and equips most of the advanced systems by default. The flagship Isuzu D-max will again be available in the crew cab style only.
2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross: Design
The new-generation Isuzu D-Max benefits from the deep structural and technological upgrades but it’s also more modern and attractive visually.
The newest 2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and other versions are based on the updated ladder-chassis and the Japanese carmaker claims 20 percent improved structural rigidity. This is due to the greater use of the high-tensile steel and Isuzu said that use of higher than 390MPa high-strength steel increased from 30 to 46 percent. Combined with the redeveloped suspension, the structural improvements will have a positive impact on the model’s driving dynamics and capability. This chassis will also be the base of the next-generation Mazda BT-50.
From the visual point of view, the new Isuzu D-Max implements the “Infinite Potential” theme making it more rugged and attractive. The new design is defined by more prominent body lines and styling elements.
The flagship V-Cross version gets specific styling elements and details. The model gets attention with a larger 2-slat black grille bracketed with the new-design projector-style headlights with attractive LED DRLs and matching black outline. Adding also to the model’s appearance is also a muscular front bumper with integrated bi-style fog lights and skid plate.
The V-Cross has also a beefy, black fenders cladding and black treatment on the door handles and side mirrors.
The rear comes with the sculpted tailgate, vertically stacked taillights with black details and rear step bumper.
The newest Isuzu D-max gets also high scores for the redesigned cabin. The new interior improved the level of sophistication and comes with the upgraded infotainment technologies.
The V-Cross has the interior treated with the black leather or two-tone combination of black and brown surfaces. It uses also contrasting, brushed silver pieces on the dash, steering wheel, center console and door panels.
The dash design integrates the hexagonal center stack with the large touchscreen in the middle and triangular air vents. The V-Cross version has a 9-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility and a smaller 4.2-inch digital display placed between traditional gauges.
The V-Cross also features dual-zone climate control, adjustable steering column, rear air vents, keyless entry, 8-way power-adjustable seats, etc.
The Japanese carmaker equips also the new Isuzu D-Max with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors while we expect automatic emergency braking in some markets.
2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross: Performance
The 2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross benefits from the new platform design and revised suspension setup. The front suspension setup uses a double-wishbone design while the rear implements a live axle with leaf springs. Isuzu claims that a new production technology of the leaf springs should provide greater strength and flexibly which should also translate to a smoother ride.
Under the hood of the Thai-spec V-Cross will be a reworked 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine with the new 4jj3 codename. The revised engine makes 188 hp and max torque of 450 Nm available from 1, 600 rpm. The engine will be in the combination with the 6-speed automatic transmission. A 1.9-liter turbodiesel will also be available in some markets but there are no details about its performance yet.
The hardware upgrades include also improved braking system with larger rotors and revised steering configuration. The V-Cross model will also employ a new four-wheel-drive system with the electromagnetic differential lock which should provide a better transition from the 2WD to 4WD.
2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross: Release, Price
The 2020 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and other versions debuted for the Thai market initially while it should appear in other markets later in the year. The price of the model is yet to be revealed. A slight price increase is expected.