The 2020 Isuzu D-Max has been revealed overnight and will go on-rent in PNG later this month. This is the first new model D-Max in eight years and has been co-developed with Mazda. The headline grabbers are more power and torque and a rear differential lock as well as an 800mm wading depth. More on this later in the article.
In PNG, there are two engines on offer which will, no doubt, make Isuzu Ute Australia happy, with a 1.9-litre twin-turbo diesel and a refreshed version of the 4JJ1 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel called 4JJ3 and making 140kW (up from 130kW) at 3600rpm and 450Nm (up from 430Nm) of torque from 1600-2600rpm. There’s the choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The new D-Max now features greater use of high-strength lightweight steel increasing body rigidity by 20 per cent with shear mounts used instead of body mounts to reduce noise and vibrations.