Isuzu D-Max Pricing and Specs
There are small car companies, and then there's Isuzu. The tough truck D-Max is one of just two models offered by the Japanese micro-brand in Australia, but the diesel-powered utility traditionally punches well above its weight in the utility segment, selling over 16,000 units in 2016. Famed for its rugged toughness, an impressive towing capacity and, in 4WD form, its go-anywhere capability, the $33,200-$63,900 Isuzu D-Max is offered with a single engine (a torque-rich turbo-diesel), but can be had in two- or four-wheel drive configurations in the D-Max SX (4X2) and D-Max X-Terrain (4X4) models respectively, and as a pick-up or cab chassis body style.
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.
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Isuzu D-Max FAQs
Check out real-world situations relating to the Isuzu D-Max here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
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.Show more
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.Show more
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.Show more