Isuzu gives the all-new D-Max a tougher look courtesy of X-Series upgrades

Anyone else looking forward to the next-gen D-Max?
by Drei Laurel | Oct 5, 2020
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In case you missed it, Isuzu Philippines has already announced that the all-new D-Max will be arriving sometime in 2021. No specific date has been given yet, so the truck’s local launch may still be a considerable while off, but it’s nice to finally get confirmation of its local availability.

Looking forward to it? If not, maybe seeing the pickup clad in some sporty factory add-ons will help catch your interest. The Japanese car manufacturer is selling a tougher-looking version of the all-new D-Max called the X-Series in Thailand, and we think it’s quite the looker.

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There’s a number of new aesthetic bits to take in here. You can get the D-Max X-Series plastered on either the truck’s Speed or Hi-Lander variant. The former of the two is the more aggressive-looking, flaunting a new gloss black front grille, some red accents scattered throughout the vehicle’s exterior, some kevlar-patterned exterior trim, special decals, and unique X-Series badging.

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The Hi-Lander version carries largely the same aesthetic, albeit with a subtler vibe and a different front fascia. Inside, the X-Series cabins get some extra red trim and piano black plastic, black seats with red contrast stitching, and a stealthy overall appearance. We think the Hi-Lander has the advantage here, though, as it gets leather seats over the Speed’s two-tone fabric ones.

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Under the hood of the Isuzu D-Max X-Series is the brand’s 1.9-liter turbodiesel RZ4E engine capable of 150hp at 3,600rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1,800-2,600rpm. If that output looks familiar, it’s because both the locally available D-Max and MU-X are available with the same engine. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 190hp and 450Nm is also an option for other D-Max variants, though there’s no mention of this power unit for the X-Series.

Again, the all-new D-Max is arriving in the Philippine next year. Would you like an X-Series variant to be offered here, too? Let us know in the comments.

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