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Isuzu D-Max Australia

The Isuzu D-Max has been in Australia much longer than its 2008 official arrival would have you think.

The Holden Rodeo was actually a rebadged Isuzu – as was the Jackaroo, but that’s another story – which means that Isuzu utes have roamed Australian roads since as far back as 1980. In fact, the Rodeo’s predecessor – the Chevy LUV – was sold as far back 1972, so it’s fair to say that Isuzu’s no newcomer to the market or what it needs.

After Holden’s parent company scaled back its ties with Isuzu, the latter decided to launch its wildly successful Rodeo with an Isuzu badge up front and D-Max stencilled across the back. Thanks to a 3.0-litre diesel engine, a range of body styles – from worksite runabout to weekend warrior – the same ruggedness that made the Rodeo an Australian favourite, and prices ranging from $28,600 to $54,990 for the base D-Max SX LOW-Ride (4X2) and top D-Max X-Runner LTD ED White (4X4) models, respectively, the D-Max has prospered since.

This vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet D-Max, Chevrolet LUV D-Max, Holden Colorado, Holden Rodeo, Isuzu KB, Isuzu LB, Isuzu Rodeo, Chevrolet T Series, GMC Canyon.

Isuzu D-Max Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Isuzu D-Max here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Mitsubishi Triton 2016 or Isuzu D-Max 2015: Which one should I buy?

    The D-Max is pretty well regarded in the trade for its ability to go the distance, but modern, common-rail diesel technology has shown that a vehicle with fewer kilometres is usually a better bet than one with more. Although they do an amazing job in terms of power, torque, towing and fuel economy, today’s turbo-diesels are pretty highly strung in some ways and really need their maintenance. And the older they get, the more attention they seem to need in terms of new injectors, filters and pumps.

    A D-Max with those kilometres might be ready for a pretty big (and expensive) service, too, so make sure your first trip in it isn’t going to be to a workshop. Ultimately, price, condition and service history should steer your decision as they should in any second-hand vehicle purchase. I’d take a vehicle with 150,000km with a full service history over a 60,000km one with no service records.

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  • What is the fuel economy like in the 2020 Isuzu D-Max?

    The D-Max would be a pretty good choice of vehicle for this task. The three-litre engine is well regarded in the trade and because it’s a little larger (in capacity) than some of its competition, it also has a bit more torque which is great for towing. With a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, it’s also up with the best of them.

    As far as fuel consumption goes, you need to bear in mind that even though it’s a four-cylinder diesel engine doing the work, you’re actually asking quite a lot of it when you’re towing a caravan at highway speeds. With that in mind, you can forget about the official combined figure of 7.8 litres per 100km. Bank on at least double that and maybe a bit more, especially if the caravan is a bigger one.

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  • What car should I buy?

    Boy, there’s a big difference between a Toyota CH-R and an Isuzu MU-X, Kathy. Rarely would both those models make it to the same short-list. In any case, the problem you’ll face is that buying any brand-new car involves waving goodbye to a large chunk of its residual value the same day you drive it home for the first time.

    Who is advising you to get rid of the Toyota? I’ve seen plenty of V6 Toyotas with more than 300,000km showing and still going strong. And if the mileage does worry you, what about finding a low-kilometre second-hand Aurion and pocketing the many thousands of dollars you’ve saved by not buying a brand-new car? You already know you love the way the Aurion drives (and its reliability is beyond question) it’s big enough for grand-kids and it’ll handle its share of dirt-road action.

    If you can’t find an Aurion, a V6 Camry is a good alternative, offering a similar level of interior space, performance and lots of value for money. A later-model example will also have side-curtain air-bags to protect rear-seat passengers. And when the word honesty is used in the context of cars, a Toyota Camry is one of the first mental images to appear.

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  • Isuzu D-Max 2020: Updates

    Car-makers tend to like to keep information like this a bit of a secret until the vehicle is officially launched, Michael. And since I can’t even find out when in the next 12 months the new D-Max is due to hit showrooms, it’s a bit tricky to answer your question. Word around the campfire, though, is that the new D-Max will indeed have an electronically locking rear differential, where previous models didn’t even have a limited-slip rear diff. So that’s good news.

    Generally, you can’t engage a rear diff lock without engaging four-wheel-drive, but when it comes to what happens with traction-control at that point, the various manufacturers tend to go their own ways. Some will leave the traction-control active with the rear diff locked, others don’t. The former arrangement is generally regarded as the superior system for off-road traction, but it does potentially place more stress on the driveline. But which way Isuzu intends to jump in this regard is still anybody’s guess.

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Isuzu D-Max Towing Capacity

The Isuzu D-Max has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2016 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Isuzu D-Max Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Isuzu D-Max varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $28,600 and going to $54,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,600 $54,990
2019 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $17,700 $58,990
2018 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $19,990 $52,888
2017 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,990 $46,950
2016 Single Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $13,888 $35,990
2016 Dual Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $13,888 $43,777
2016 Extra Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO $15,750 $42,990
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Isuzu D-Max Dimensions

The dimensions of the Isuzu D-Max Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2019 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2018 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2017 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2016 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu D-Max Dimensions

Isuzu D-Max Colours

  • Cobalt Blue
  • Magnetic Red
  • Cosmic Black
  • Obsidian Grey
  • Graphite Grey
  • Titanium Silver
  • Splash White
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Isuzu D-Max Wheel Size

The Isuzu D-Max has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x70 R15 for Ute in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 15x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
2018 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
2017 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
2016 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu D-Max Wheel Sizes

Isuzu D-Max Fuel Consumption

The Isuzu D-Max is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.2L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Ute 7.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 7.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Ute 7.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 Ute 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2016 Ute 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Isuzu D-Max Pricing and Specs for 2020