This is it, people: Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is finally launching the all-new D-Max next month. It’s been more than a year already since this next-generation truck surfaced in Thailand, so we’re sure a lot of you have been waiting for this.
Well IPC hasn’t officially confirmed it just yet. The carmaker announced an upcoming launch on March 4, 2021 via its Facebook page and only posted a couple of slightly vague photos showing the silhouette of a pickup and a headlight profile. That said, it doesn’t take much to deduce that this is, in fact, the new D-Max.
Besides, if IPC were to launch a new model here in our market, anyway, there are only two potential candidates: This next-generation D-Max or the all-new MU-X.
What to expect from the new Isuzu D-Max
So, what are we expecting from Isuzu’s new truck when it finally lands here? It debuted in Thailand with two familiar engines, and it’ll be no surprise if we get those here, too. There’s the 150hp, 350Nm 1.9-liter RZ4E turbodiesel and the 190hp, 450Nm 3.0-liter Blue Power mill.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed, though, that IPC decides to retain all the toys in the cabin, because that interior definitely will give competitors like the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger a run for their money.
Unfortunately, that’s about all we can speculate about. If you’re wondering how much IPC will price this when it lands, well, your guess is just as good as ours. We’ll bring you more details as we approach the official launch date, so watch this space.