Is the Isuzu D-Max's Blue Power upgrade worth the price bump?

What's cleaner air worth to you?
by Drei Laurel | Jan 29, 2018

 

The Isuzu D-Max has long been one of the top-of-mind choices for motorists looking to get things done. It's easy to see why: It's practical, powerful and competitively priced. And late last year, Isuzu decided to build further upon that reputation by equipping its workhorse with a new Blue Power diesel engine.

The thing is, the price has gone up, too. The high-end Isuzu D-Max LS 4x4 AT variant now has a price tag of P1,670,000. So what are you getting with it?

Well, for starters, that aforementioned Blue Power diesel engine now complies with Euro 4 emissions standards, meaning it's friendlier to the environment. But a greener mill isn't all that you're getting. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine's power has gone up to 175hp as well, though torque stays at 380Nm. And during a one-week stint with the car, it averaged a respectable 9km/L in mostly city driving. Not bad, right?

Does that mean it's worth the price jump? Well, it depends. Watch our short review video of the Japanese pickup truck so you can judge for yourself.

 

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