Isuzu D-Max Ute gets some customer requested improvements

The Isuzu D-Max is the second highest selling two-wheel drive ute on the Australian Market so far this year and is the fourth highest selling vehicle in the more hotly contested four-wheel drive ute segment.

23MY 4x4 D-MAX LS-U+ Crew Cab Ute in Cobalt Blue mica.

It is outselling more commonly known models such as the Toyota Landcruiser ute, the Mazda BT-50, and the Nissan Navara.

The model was only introduced onto the Australian market in late 2020 but has since sold nearly 50,000 models in our market.

Isuzu has given the model a few touch up improvements responding, they say, to consumer suggestions.

A functional change across the range is that when you are towing the vehicle will automatically disable Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert driver aids when a trailer is hitched and detected via the genuine trailer wiring harness plug.

The D-Max offers a wide range of body styles, tray-configurations, and powertrain options available across the Australian 1-tonne ute segment.

The base model SX variant is targeted at the tradesperson with, among other things, wipe-clean surfaces and they have now added three new variants to the range, all powered by a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission including a four-wheel drive version. This power train had previously been available only on the Cab Chassis 4×2.

Recognising the feedback received from Customers that the rear tailgate on ute variants may be heavy when opening and closing, all 23MY ute models now feature Tailgate Assist; a gas-strut system which allows for easy one-hand operation of the tailgate.

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INTERIOR ENHANCEMENTS

On debut in 2020, the D-MAX was quickly recognised as one of the most comfortable and ergonomic interiors within the 1-tonne ute segment. In keeping with that focus, Isuzu designers have introduced an updated selection of seat upholstery trims to the range; high-grade cloth on LS-M and LS-U, and leather-accented trim on the LS-U+ and X-TERRAIN—with signature X-TERRAIN red stitching reserved for the latter. With more families turning to utes as default dual-purpose family vehicles, the SX Crew Cab Ute and Crew Cab Chassis both receive an additional 2.1Amp USB port in the second row—for charging mobile and tablet devices—matching the offering in the other grades.

 

RRP excluding on-road costs

4×2

SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Manual (1.9-litre turbo-diesel) – $32,200 ($31,990 Special Driveaway Price)

SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto (1.9-litre turbo-diesel) – $34,200

SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Manual (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $34,200

SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $36,200

SX Space Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $39,700

SX Crew Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto (1.9-litre turbo-diesel) – $40,700 (NEW)

SX Crew Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $42,700

SX Crew Cab Ute 4×2 Auto (1.9-litre turbo-diesel) – $42,200 (NEW)

SX Crew Cab Ute 4×2 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $44,200

LS-U Crew Cab Ute 4×2 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $53,000

 

4×4 Cab Chassis

SX Single Cab Chassis 4×4 Manual (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $42,200

SX Single Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $44,200

SX Space Cab Chassis 4×4 Manual (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $45,700

SX Space Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $47,700

SX Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 Manual (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $48,700

SX Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $50,700

LS-M Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $53,800

LS-U Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $59,500

 

4×4 Ute

SX Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Auto (1.9-litre turbo-diesel) – $50,200 (NEW)

SX Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $52,200

LS-M Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Manual (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $53,300

LS-M Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $55,300

LS-U Space Cab Ute 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $58,000

LS-U Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Manual (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $59,000

LS-U Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $61,000

LS-U+ Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $63,500

X-TERRAIN 4×4 Auto (3.0-litre turbo-diesel) – $67,500 ($64,990 Special Driveaway Price)

 

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry but rather first he worked in the fields of why we travel and how we move about. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning.What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations