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

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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?

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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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