Is there anything interesting about its design?
The exterior design of the D-Max is largely unchanged since the introduction of the current-generation version in 2012. But it was handsome then, and its appearance has stood the test of time pretty well.
There have been minute appearance adjustments but it’s nigh-on impossible to pick the differences between a D-Max from 2012 and the one on sale in 2019. You could see that as both positive because earlier models aren’t easily discernible, or negative because some of its contemporaries look, well, more contemporary.
There’s no real ‘hero’ model in the D-Max range - nothing like the VW Amarok V6 Ultimate, or the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, or the Ford Ranger Wildtrak or Raptor. So it’s fair to say that this model is a bit plain, even if the 18-inch alloy wheels and fancy 'Magnetic Red mica' paint are quite fresh.
It mightn’t have muscular underbody protection armour, and no model comes as standard with a body kit (eBay Thailand will help you in that regard). You need to spend extra to get the nice looking hardtop / hard tonneau cover (at $2655) if you prefer that to the soft tonneau of our vehicle, and the alloy sports bar at the rear is an added-cost bit, too (at $845), where plenty of competitors have one of those on their top-spec models at no cost.
Items like the rear step bumper and side steps are fitted standard, though, and you get roof rails, which makes adding roof racks or roof bars even easier.
Check out our interior photos for an idea of the design of the D-Max’s cabin, but we’ll got through it in detail in the following section.