The 2020 D-Max underpins the new Isuzu Dynamic Drive Platform.
The all-new 2020 Isuzu D-Max makes a major leap forward in all the aspects from its predecessor. Everything seems to be new and better in comparison. As of now, the pickup is just available for Thailand and the bookings will commence from 19th October 2019.
The exterior is all uproarious and beefy with its bi-LED projectors at the front. It swanks a big Audi-like grille with the company’s logo placed boldly in the centre. Additionally, the fog-lamps and indicators are stacked vertically beside each other. The rear also features a new set of pod-style LED taillights. The wheel arches are in black for a rugged appeal. The door handles along with the side mirror housing get chrome coverage.
Moving on to the interior, it is definitely more upmarket and has gotten rid of its tacky design. The chrome-surround AC vents flank the 9-inch infotainment screen in the centre. Even the instrument cluster includes a 4.2-inch digital dash display with a digital speedometer. The gloss-back treatment runs across the dash seamlessly, with more implementation near the gearbox and as an accent for the door-handles.
There are two powertrains on offer – a new 3.0-litre turbodiesel and the existing 1.9-litre turbodiesel. The former produces 190 PS of power with 450 Nm of torque whereas the latter produces 150 PS of power with 350 Nm of torque. It couples with a 6-speed manual transmission. Although, the 1.9-litre gets a new automatic gearbox, which is a torque converter. Moreover, the power steering is electric now and has replaced the outgoing hydraulic setup.
The new pickup measures 5265 mm in length, 1870 mm in width, 1790 mm in height and weighs at 1890 kgs.
The 2020 Isuzu D-Max hosts a pack of new goodies – Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice assistance, blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, auto-park, auto-headlights, rain-sensing wipers, reach and rake adjustable steering, perforated leather seats, 8-speaker system, 6-airbags, stability control etc.
The D-Max finally comes with a rear differential lock. Meanwhile, the wading depth also marks a change from 600 mm to 800 mm. Hill-descent and hill-start to be available in the off-road package.
The new D-Max has the new Isuzu Dynamic Drive Platform as its underpinning, which includes a lighter and safer ladder frame. Similarly, the body now sees a higher proportion of high-tensile steels which has increased the rigidity by 20% and even the bed’s length is more. The front brakes are now 320 mm in diameter with 2-piston callipers.
In Thailand it comes in – Regular, Space or Crew trims with an additional V-Cross trim, each of them having 4X4 as standard. Subsequently, Isuzu may launch the new D-Max in India somewhere in 2020, probably after the first half passes by. It is because the current D-Max was received with its V-Cross trim, not that back. It is likely to have the smaller powertrain for India being BS6-compliant.
2020 Isuzu D-Max
– Gets a new 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine option
– 4X4 is standard across the range
– Likely to come to India in late 2020 or early 2021