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One of the big boys in Australia’s dual-cab segment, Isuzu D-Max has taken a huge step forward with the new 2020 model. Due to arrive in Australian showrooms in 2020, the Isuzu D-Max 2020 will show off a heap of new technology, power upgrade, better safety kit, and a completely new fit and finish from the wheels up.
This is the model’s first major upgrade since 2012. After almost 8 years of being a sensible, decent dual-cab, it’s finally ready to take on the might of this country’s leading trucks.
Let’s have a look at the top 4 standout features in the new Isuzu D-Max 2020 to determine if it’s impressive enough to make you switch gears:
The technology updates in the new D-Max looks savvier than even as compared to that of a Hilux. Proudly sitting in the centre of the dashboard is a 7-inch or 9-inch touchscreen equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Clearly this is a notch above the Hilux which still lacks in phone-mirroring technology. Other noteworthy features include keyless entry, voice recognition, auto headlights, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, and dual-zone climate.
There are two engine options to choose from – the 1.9 litre RZ4E mill with 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque, and the 3.0 litre BluePower mill seen in the more expensive models. The BluePower mill produces more power and torque with outputs of 140Kw at 3600rpm and 450Nm at 1600rpm. Suspension, steering and brake rotors and wading depth also have gotten a significant boost. The highly-mounted front suspension and rear suspension offer comfort and driving stability respectively.
Perhaps the most evident change in the new D-Max 2020 is its size. It’s longer, wider and definitely much bigger standing at 5265mm in length, 1870mm in width and 1790mm in height. It also weighs a whopping 1890kg. Its high-set hood gives the car an even massive look and the grill spans the edge of the hood, all the way to lower half of the bumper. The D-Max 2020 also boasts a new wading depth of 800mm which is 200mm more than the outgoing model.
Noticeably more cohesive in design, the inside no longer features flat surfaces of odd round patterns. The dashboard has a savvier look and the air-conditioning controls use toggle switches instead of the conventional dials. New materials were also used to make the cabin look even more polished. Leather and piano-black finishing touches are available in the high-end models.
What do you think? Can the new Isuzu D-Max 2020 keep up with current leaders of dual-cab segment – Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger?