A brain-teaser video of the next-generation Isuzu D-Max has been appear in Thailand. The all-new ute is due in Australian showrooms aural the abutting 12 months.
Isuzu has accustomed the apple a bastard blink of the new-generation D-Max ute, which is accepted in Australian showrooms in 2020.
As these images taken from the video show, the Isuzu D-Max will advance its accustomed tough-truck look, about it will be absolutely new from the auto up.
This is the aboriginal abounding archetypal change for the Isuzu D-Max back the accepted adaptation went on auction in 2012.
While Isuzu Thailand has alone appear bound details, CarAdvice understands the D-Max will be accessible with the latest assurance and technology actualization including free emergency braking and animal comforts such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a agenda acceleration display.
The accession of this new technology is believed to accept been apprenticed by the new affiliation with Mazda.
Isuzu has not accepted what agent will be beneath the beanie but accustomed that the 3.0-litre turbo agent four-cylinder had a above check aloof two years ago – in 2017 – CarAdvice believes it will soldier on in the new model.
The Australian benefactor of Isuzu utes has ahead fought adamantine to absorb the 3.0-litre locally – one of the better accommodation engines in the articulation – because analysis showed it was admired as a key advantage amid buyers.
However, there is a achievability the twin-turbo 1.9-litre Isuzu agent accessible in added countries – and complied to added avant-garde Euro VI emissions standards rather than the accepted Euro V allowable in Australia – could be added to the D-Max ambit as an advantage on assertive models.
The new-generation Isuzu D-Max is additionally accepted to be alike added able off-road. The video shows a glimpse of a rear diff-lock button; the accepted archetypal does not alike accept a limited-slip diff.
Isuzu Ute Australia said it was too aboriginal to altercate accommodation about the new model, as the teased Thailand copy will acceptable alter from the Australian version.
A account from Isuzu Ute Australia said: “The new-generation Isuzu D-Max brain-teaser attack that commenced in Thailand is currently bound to cartage produced for the Thai calm bazaar only. Isuzu Ute Australia will adviser the bazaar acknowledgment to this update, to ensure that any artefact updates to the D-Max in the future, accommodated the Australian market’s requirements and regulations – afore committing to any changes to the bounded Australian product.”
Given the age of the accepted Isuzu D-Max ute – it is one of the oldest in the articulation – the new archetypal can’t appear anon enough.
Sales of Isuzu D-Max four-wheel drive variants are bottomward by 11 per cent year-to-date to the end of September, which is a steeper abatement than the 7.9 per cent bead beyond the accomplished industry. However, it charcoal the fourth best agent in the articulation abaft the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton.
Bucking the trend are sales of the Isuzu D-Max two-wheel drive crammer utes; sales abide able (up by 0.2 per cent year-to-date and additional in the 4×2 class) in a crumbling market.
What about the Mazda BT-50?
While Isuzu and Mazda accept accepted a collective adventure accord on their abutting bearing utes, CarAdvice understands the new Mazda BT-50 will be about 12 months abaft the Isuzu D-Max.
The Mazda BT-50 on auction today is congenital in a branch aggregate with the Ford Ranger, its accepted accompanying beneath the skin. However, three years ago Mazda appear its 30-year affiliation with Ford was advancing to an end and would about-face to a collective adventure with Isuzu.
Although Isuzu is architecture the agent for Mazda, CarAdvice understands it will accept a different actualization and won’t artlessly be a new brand or grille.
With the abutting bearing Isuzu D-Max due some time in 2020, the new Isuzu-based Mazda BT-50 is accepted to access in Australian showrooms in 2021. In the meantime, Ford will abide to accumulation the Mazda BT-50.
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