Isuzu D-Max LS-U+ 2023 review: snapshot
The LS-U+ grade in the D-Max range sits above the LS-U and just under the range topping X-Terrain, with a list price of $63,500.
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The VW Amarok Style kicks off from $66,990, before on-road costs, and – as with all the new and second-generation Amaroks – is based on the T6.2 Ford Ranger. They share the same platform, body structure and drivetrain.
The Style offers two engine choices. The first is a 154kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder 'BiTurbo' twin-turbo diesel dubbed TDI500, or – for $4000 more – there's a 184kW/600Nm 3.0-litre V6 diesel called the TDI600. Both use a 10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. But only the latter engine ushers in permanent 4WD, as opposed to selectable 4WD.
The new Amarok offers over 20 fresh driver-assist systems that finally brings in Autonomous Emergency Braking, as well as nine airbags as standard. The Style also boasts tech like a blind-spot monitor, lane keep/departure, swerve-steer assist, traffic sign recognition and rear-cross traffic alert.
You'll find that all new Amaroks are fitted with LED headlights, alloy wheels, DAB+ digital radio, a rear centre armrest, adaptive cruise control, digitalised instrumentation, a portrait touchscreen with voice-command, a reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rain-sensing wipers, auto on/off headlights, side steps, a factory-fitted towbar, electric folding mirrors, tailgate with lift-assist and roof rails.
But above the Life grade's fog lights, auto-lock tailgate and rear privacy glass, the Style includes matrix LED headlights, keyless entry/start, an insulated windscreen, dual-zone climate control with rear seat air vents, ambient lighting, a stitched leather-like dashboard cover, powered/heated front seats, a 12.0-inch touchscreen, a 360-degree area-view camera, a rear sports bar, cargo bed liner, alarm, automatic park assist and 18-inch alloys. As such, it's gunning for the Ranger Sport 4x4.
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