Isuzu D-Max 2021: Everything You Need to Know

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by Leandre Grecia | Mar 4, 2021
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After a long wait, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has finally launched the all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max.

We know a lot of you are eager to find out more about what the next-generation model has to offer, so we’ve put together here everything that you need to know about this midsize pickup. Let’s get right to it.

Exterior

Isuzu D-Max 2021 exterior

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The all-new D-Max boasts an angrier-looking face than before, with a pair of snazzy chrome strips and a large blacked-out grille highlighting the front end. The headlamps and the foglights have been given a major redesign, too, while the rear end has been slightly tweaked for a sportier look.

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Wheel options include 15-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels with silver or matte dark-gray finishes. Top-spec D-Max variants get additional dark plastic bits on the outside that give the truck more style.

A wide range of color options are available, namely: Valencia Orange, Onyx Black, Mercury Silver, Red Spinel, Sapphier Blue, Galena Gray, and Splash White.

Interior

Isuzu D-Max 2021 interior

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The D-Max’s cabin gets a major overhaul as well. Bucket seats are now fitted across the range, and these are stitched with cloth, black fabric, or brown leather depending on the variant. The range-topping D-Max boasts a more premium interior thanks to the plethora of leather and soft-touch materials around the cabin.

Engine and specs

Isuzu D-Max 2021 engine

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Isuzu has given its trusty truck a new 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX Blue Power turbodiesel that generates 187hp and 450Nm of torque, which is a significant boost from the previous model’s figures.

A second engine is also available: the familiar 1.9-liter RZ4E turbodiesel that’s capable of 148hp and 350Nm of torque. It’s the same engine, but Isuzu has supposedly tweaked it to improve performance and reduce noise and vibration. Both powertrains can be had with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Stopping power is provided by ventilated disc brakes up front and drum brakes out back. The pickup’s chassis has also been reinforced—it’s now bigger and more rigid for improved handling and stability. Isuzu says the 4x4 variants now have better approach, departure, and ramp-over angles. Wading depth, meanwhile, is now at 800mm.

Extra features

Isuzu D-Max 2021 infotainment display

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The D-Max now comes with a lot of added toys, and the top-of-the-line variant gets all the bells and whistles. Standard features first: Save for the base LT variants, the range gets a 4.2-inch instrument cluster to go along with the new Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible 10.1-inch infotainment system, as well as rear A/C vents. The infotainment system, by the way, comes with a built-in navigation system and clinometer.

As for the top variant in the range, extra niceties include an eight-speaker setup (other trim levels have six), rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate controls with a dual-zone function, a smart keyless entry system with a push-to-start ignition, and a remote start feature.

It also comes equipped with a myriad of safety tech like forward-collision warning, turn assist, pedal misapplication mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert. Front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera are available, as is adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and a multi-collision brake system.

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Prices and variants

Isuzu D-Max 2021 front exterior close up

The Isuzu D-Max’s prices range from P875,000 to P1,825,000. For a more detailed look, you can refer to the list below:

2021 Isuzu D-Max

  • Isuzu D-Max RZ4E Single Cab MT- P857,000
  • Isuzu D-Max RZ4E 4x2 LT MT - P987,000
  • Isuzu D-Max RZ4E 4x2 LS MT- P1,219,000
  • Isuzu D-Max RZ4E 4x2 LS AT- P1,309,000
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4x4 LT MT - P1,288,000
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4x2 LS MT - P1,320,000
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4X2 LS-A AT - P1,390,000
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4x4 LS MT- P1,630,000
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4x4 LS-E AT- P1,825,000
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What do you think of the all-new Isuzu D-Max? Tell us in the comments.

Isuzu D-Max 2021 left headlight

Isuzu D-Max 2021 plate

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 step

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 wheel

Isuzu D-Max 2021 wheel buttons

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 engine start stop button

Isuzu D-Max 2021 aircon buttons

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 aux

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 dashboard

Isuzu D-Max 2021 leather material

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 driver side

Isuzu D-Max 2021 interior from the outside

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 backseats

Isuzu D-Max 2021 back of driver's seat

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 aircon vent

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 logo at the back

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Isuzu D-Max 2021 tire closeup

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