It’s been a long time coming, but now we finally have confirmation from Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC): The all-new D-Max will be launched in the Philippine market in 2021. Yes, the same model that was launched in Thailand back in October 2019.
We’ve been waiting patiently for this one, and we’re guessing a lot of you have been, too. The current-generation D-Max does feel a bit dated, especially with recent updates from other heavy-hitters in the segment like the Toyota Hilux. Unfortunately, we can’t give you any further details about the new pickup. No specific launch date (or month), no specs, no nothing—the mere confirmation is all IPC gave us.
Is that a bad thing? Not entirely, because at least we know it’s coming. Besides, we already know what it looks like. Its appearance is more aggressive than before, with sporty exterior accents all around. Inside, it also gets a major overhaul, with a black-laden cabin accentuated by stylish gray plastic bits and brown leather trim on the dash and door panels. The seats sport the same leather material, too.
What we’re not sure of are the powertrain options that’ll be available, but we can at least get an idea of what might arrive here by looking at the previous launch.
The next-gen model debuted in Thailand with two engine options, the first being a 1.9-liter RZ4E turbodiesel engine capable of 150hp and 350Nm of torque, like the one that’s currently available here in our market.
The second is a 3.0-liter Blue Power engine capable of 190hp and 450Nm. For a bit of context, a similar-sized mill is available with PH-spec D-Max units, only it produces 15hp and 70Nm less.
Once IPC releases more details, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, tell us what you think in the comments.