Introducing the Isuzu D-Max
July 04, 2012 at 12:15 pm By Susie Middleton | Posted in First Look
The following blog looks at the Isuzu D-Max which is taking over from the Isuzu Rodeo, it looks at the pros and cons of the vehicle and the differences Isuzu have made to the design.
The Isuzu D-Max, which comes as a replacement to the Isuzu Rodeo (which was never a particularly popular vehicle in the 4 x 4 sector) but auto experts expect the D-Max to become a major player. The D-Max is available in three guises, a single cab, a double cab and an extended cab. It will also be available in four different trim levels, the base model, the Eiger, the Yukon and the Utah. The cabin is 21cm longer than the Rodeo and there is also more legroom under the dashboard and also for the rear seat passengers (especially in the double cab - the seats are also reclined which offers greater comfort for the passengers).
Inside the Cabin
The general interior of the vehicle has improved all round and there is better noise insulation. The entry level model of the vehicle offers steel wheels, air conditioning, electric windows and front and side airbags. The Eiger model (which is the next model up from the base model) has alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, remote central locking, heated folding mirrors and chrome door handles.
The next model up is the Yukon, Isuzu say this is going to be their best seller of the D-Max, it has an audio package - which has six speakers, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, chrome grille and rear bumper, side steps and a rear load liner. The even more advanced version, the Utah, has heated front seats, climate control, roof bars and parking sensors.
image courtesy of themotorreport.com
A new twin-turbo 2.5-litre engine powers the D-Max, offering 163bhp and a meaty 295lb-ft of torque from a low 1,400rpm, while returning 38.2mpg on the combined cycle.
It also can tow up to 3,000 kg and the driver can change the drive from a two to a four wheel drive at speeds up to 60 mph but not beyond. The new D-Max is powered by an updated version of the 3.0 liter turbodiesel engine, it produces 130kW at 3600rpm and 380Nm from 18000rpm to 3000rpm in manual form and to 2800rpm for the auto vehicle.
The suspension package of the vehicle also includes the new Flex-ride system, the front end of the vehicle has an independent double wishbone with coil springs and gas shocks, while the rear end of the vehicle gets long-span leaf spring, under slung on 4x2 models and over-slung for 4x4. Braking is managed by 300mm ventilated front discs with 2-piston calipers (280mm on 4x2 SX Single Cab Chassis and Low-Ride); 295mm rear drums.
What do you think of the new Isuzu D-Max? Do you think it is an improvement on the Isuzu Rodeo, please share your thought and opinions below.