In The USA US Truckers: Ready to Fight – The All-New Isuzu D-Max

Range-topping V-Cross in Thailand: $24,777

The Isuzu D-Max recently surfaced in Thailand, offering a refreshed variant and the prominent V-Cross 4×4 trim. Its deliveries are scheduled to commence starting October 12 and this mid-range vehicle will compete against offerings from Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, and its other similar counterparts across continents like Oceania, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The revamped D-Maz showcases a beefy bulge on the bonnet and a modified grille set at a higher elevation. The lower face of the car has air slots in the corners. For lighting, the new headlights have daytime driving lights mounted to the upper half. The rear end regards fresh tail lamps shaped like an L in three levels. Additionally, the spoiler above the tailgate is maximized for a slick look.

The cabin of the revised model has been upgraded with two physical knobs for tuning and volume that control the 9.0-inch infotainment system. Additionally, the instrument panel screen has been enlarged to 7.0 inches. Isuzu describes the trim around the gauge cluster and door panels as having a “miura fold pattern.” For added convenience, the first- and second-row seats now offer access to a USB-C port.

The latest D-Max has been equipped with updated safety tech. A newly-installed stereo camera can identify pedestrians and potential hazards while out on the streets, and can immediately take action to hit the brakes. To ensure that it is not affected by inclement weather or colder temperatures, the housing is heated to stave off any fogging. Plus, those models which feature a manual gearbox have also been outfitted with adaptive cruise control.

The updated iteration of the D-Max had its inauguration in 2019. This heralded a brand-new version of the truck after an extensive hiatus of eight years.

The supreme variation of the D-Max V-Cross includes a turbo diesel 3.0-liter straight-six engine that generates 188 hp (140 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. You can go with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. This vehicle possesses a new off-road mode which modifies the braking control and motor functions when negotiating challenging terrain.

Those with an eye for value are offered more appealing options from the 1.9-liter turbodiesel four-banger, which yields a respectable 148 hp (110 kW) and torque of 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). You can even swap that out with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

In Thailand, the two-door D-Max constitutes the lowest price option; costing a starting price of 650,000 Thai baht, or USD$17,560. For those seeking the upper end of the two-door range, the V-Cross trim is priced at 917,000 Thai baht (approx. $24,777). At the higher extreme is the 4 door V-Cross with an automatic gearbox, possessing a staggering 1.257 million Thai baht (or about $33,967) cost.

Last year, Isuzu sold an estimated 340,000 D-Max vehicles throughout the world. Particularly in Thailand, the truck found substantial success with 180,000 units sold.

Source: Isuzu

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