Isuzu D-Max 2020: What's expected to be improved?

Nov 13, 2018

To run along with other premier brands, Isuzu plans to release a top of the line Isuzu D-Max 2020 in 2 years.

It is not difficult to see that almost every car brand in the country keeps on innovating and developing different kinds of features, interior or exterior every year. This consistent innovation is to make their car unique and stand out from the other hundreds of small cars, sedans, SUV, crossovers, MPVs, etcetera that run along the roads every single day.

different vehicles in a parking lot

With lots of competitive vehicles nowadays, it is quite difficult to stand out physically and feature wise

Of course, if I were the car brand owner or developer, what I would like to happen is for people to know that that is my brand’s newest model, even if it’s in the middle of a crowded traffic or parking lot – with just one look. If the car is that stand out, it would be the first step on to selling it like pancakes in the market.

With all the latest car trends nowadays, Isuzu doesn’t let itself to be left behind by other car brands in terms of looks and features. As it tries to go into the upper market and keep up with other premiere variants such as the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the Mercedes Benz X-Class, Isuzu focuses into putting enhanced features to their current D-Max and develop its third generation that will ideally be available by 2020.

The newer version that we are yet to see should also make the Isuzu D-Max differ greatly from Isuzu MU-X, the SUV where D-Max was patterned from.

1. Isuzu D-Max 2020: Expected Safety and Security Features

To be able to be at par with other premiere car brands, the Isuzu D-Max will need to have features such as Adaptive Cruise Control among others that are currently present in other premium car models.

adaptive cruise control

Adaptive Cruise Control is one of the most notable highlights of modern day cars that Isuzu eyes to incorporate in the 3rd gen D-Max

To get a 5-star ANCAP rating, a vehicle is required to have an AEB or Autonomous Emergency Braking feature – which is another goal that the Isuzu D-Max 2020 has to achieve.

2. Isuzu D-Max 2020: What needs to be improved in off-road, comfort and convenience?

As for off-road capabilities, Isuzu is also looking into either improving the engine or to totally change it to be competitive with SR5 and Raptor markets.

Besides that, Isuzu also needs to improve on the Isuzu D-Max 2020’s interior design, comfort and convenience features as well as their infotainment system – doing so will make them fairly competitive with other modern cars that are more driver and passenger friendly. 

They are currently very basic, which we can say, make them ordinary – therefore, Isuzu needs to do something to improve upon themselves, keep up with the latest necessary features and revamp their style to make them outstanding to the eyes of modern-day car buyers.

Isuzu D-Max 2020 angular front

As for off-road capabilities, Isuzu is also looking into either improving the engine 

So for now, we’d have to wait for a new, revamped and modernized Isuzu D-Max 2020 for another two years. While we’re waiting, let’s look into what the current Isuzu D-Max has to offer so we can fairly compare it with the upcoming modernized batch and see if there would be a lot of significant differences and improvements.

II. Isuzu D-Max 2018: Prices, Features and Specs

1. Isuzu D-Max 2018  price in the Philippines

Currently, the Isuzu D-Max 2018 can be bought at a starting price of PHP1,017,000, depending on the variant you’re looking for. Here are the prices according to variants:

  • LT 4x2 MT – PHP 1,017,000
  • RZ4E LS 4x2 MT – PHP 1,179,000
  • RZ4E LS 4x2 AT – PHP 1,249,000
  • 3.0 LS 4x2 MT – PHP 1,290,000
  • LT 4x4 MT – PHP 1,338,000

Isuzu D-Max 2018 prices in the Philippines

The current Isuzu D-Max is available in several different variants that comes in different prices too

  • LS 4x2 MT X-Series Black Hawk – PHP 1,355,000
  • 3.0 LS 4x2 AT – PHP 1,360,000
  • LS 4x2 AT X-Series Freestyle White – PHP 1,420,000
  • 3.0 LS 4x4 MT – PHP 1,600,000
  • 3.0 LS 4x4 AT – PHP 1,670,000

2. Isuzu D-Max 2018: Notable Highlights and Features

The current Isuzu D-Max has its share of good highlights and features that make it dashing and full of angst kind of pick-up truck. These features include the following:

  • Rear Cargo Spoiler – which is available in its X-Series variants
  • Alloy Wheels with Red Lip Accent – also available in the X-Series Variants
  • Black Radiator Grille – available in the X-Series Variants
  • Front Skirt Bumper – available in the X-Series Variants
  • Red Fog Lamp Garnish – available in the X-Series Variants
  • Matte Black Roof Rail – also available in the X-Series Variants

Isuzu D-Max 2018 bed

The Isuzu D-Max 2018 also sports well-designed exterior features

  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Projector Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • New design spoiler shape tailgate
  • Bedliner – available in 3.0L LS variants

4. Isuzu D-Max 2018: Engine and Performance

A 4-cylinder in-line Blue Power diesel engine with turbo intercooler – this type of engine makes the Isuzu D-Max more fuel efficient, practical and more pocket-friendly. Being fuel efficient is something that is of high importance nowadays especially that the fuel prices are soaring high. So making most out of your fuel is really a plus factor, considering that this is a pick-up truck.

It works with a 5-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. 

Isuzu D-Max 2018 engine

The Isuzu D-Max 2018 is equipped with a 4-cylinder in-line Blue Power diesel engine

So far, these are the features that you can find in the current release of D-Max. What’s new in the Isuzu D-Max has yet to find out, so just have to wait and hope for the best.

Source: Ivy Kristia Padura