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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 $33,200 to $63,900 for the base D-Max SX (4X2) and top D-Max X-Terrain (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.

  • Why wont the RPM of my 2015 Isuzu D-Max go higher than 2500?

    The first thought here is that you’re dealing with a dodgy throttle-position sensor or some other sensor that is giving the on-board computer a reason not to exceed 2500rpm. Or tricking the computer into thinking that the engine is spinning faster than it really is. Have you had the vehicle scanned? It’s a cheap way of reducing a lot of the guesswork in a case like this.

    Like any engine, of course, a turbo-diesel won’t rev beyond the speed that the fuel supply can support. You say you’ve changed the fuel filter, but have you checked the pump pressure and the fuel-delivery rate? A problem with the pump or fuel lines could easily produce the symptoms you have. You could even have a blocked fuel pick-up in the tank.

    The other problem with modern turbo-diesels is that they are prone to clogging their intake systems with a black gunk that is a by-product of soot and oil mist from the vehicle’s exhaust-gas recirculation and crankcase-ventilation systems respectively. This black, ooze can sometimes almost completely block the intake path for air entering the engine and will cause all sorts of dramas, including the one you’re seeing.

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  • Why doesn't the radio work in my 2016 Isuzu D-Max?

    Blowing a major fuse suggests that your car has suffered a short-circuit somewhere within its kilometres of wiring. But a modern vehicle like your Isuzu will also have fuses protecting the various systems it needs to operate, so there’s a chance there’s a second fuse that protects the stereo system that has also blown when the problem occurred. Your owner’s manual should be able to identify the locations of the car’s various fuses. Don’t forget to replace them with a fuse of the correct amperage or you could cause more damage if the fuse ever needs to act as a circuit-breaker again (which is exactly the fuse’s role).

    The other possibility is that the stereo unit itself has an internal fuse. Check around the rear of the unit (usually where the wiring for the speakers exits the stereo) and you might be able to locate the fuse in question. This is often the case in aftermarket stereo systems.

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  • Is the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max or VW Amarok best for towing a 2.8 tonne caravan?

    Every all-new MY21 Isuzu D-Max and select current versions of the Amarok and Ranger offer a 3500kg towing capacity maximum - namely all Amarok V6 autos and all Rangers EXCEPT the 4x2 XL Single Cab Chassis Low-Rider 2.2 Diesel at the bottom of the Ford range, and the 4x4 Raptor Double Cab Pick-Up 2.0L Diesel at the very top (they're both 2500kg).

    Least torquey is the D-Max at 450Nm, followed by the Ranger (2.2L 4-cyl: 385Nm, 3.2L 5-cyl: 470Nm and 2.0L twin-turbo 4-cyl: 500Nm) and Amarok (550Nm to 580Nm), meaning the Amarok will probably be the least challenged towing a 2.8-tonne caravan. But all three should suffice.

    Please note, however, that Gross Combined Mass (GCM) tallies means that there are other weight factors that need to be considered before safely towing a 2.8-tonne caravan, even with a 3500kg ute. These include things like the ute's payload, heavy bull bars, sports bars and side steps, canopies and even the number of people travelling inside. And of course, a fully-equipped and laden caravan can easily exceed the stated tare mass.

    We hope this helps.   

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  • 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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Isuzu D-Max Accessories

Just like most ute customers, those in the market for a 2021 Isuzu D-Max will have the choice of more than a handful of accessories to fit to their ute. And that’s the genuine accessories catalog we’re talking about - don’t even get us started on aftermarket options.

The list includes options for nudge bars and bull bars, all of which are designed to work with the advanced driver safety assistance systems including AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection. But take note - there are no genuine Isuzu bull bar options with winch capability, though there are points to attach aerials.

There are other protective options like bonnet protector and headlight protector choices, not to mention weathershields, side steps, roof rack systems, and different wheel choices.

Other accessories include: snorkel, roof rails, rubber floor mats, canopy, hard tonneau cover, tub liner / bed liner, soft tonneau cover, rubber tray mat, ladder rack, driving lights and more.

If you’re not going for a pick-up and want to go with a dealer-fit tray option for your cab-chassis single, extra or double cab D-Max, you’ll be happy to know there are a few choices available including aluminium and steel trays, and accessories like underbody storage optional, too. 

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 $20,900 and going to $63,900 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
2021 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,900 $60,720
2021 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $33,200 $63,900
2020 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,900 $60,720
2019 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $17,700 $50,380
2018 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,400 $44,770
2017 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $13,100 $39,160
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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
2021 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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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
2021 Ute 1790x1870x5325 mm 235 mm
2020 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2019 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2018 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2017 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu D-Max Dimensions

Isuzu D-Max Colours

  • Basalt Black
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Mercury Silver
  • Obsidian Grey
  • Mineral White
  • Marble White
  • Magnetic Red
  • Volcanic Amber
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 255x65 R17 for Ute in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Ute 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu D-Max Wheel Sizes

Isuzu D-Max Interior

The interior of the new-generation 2021 Isuzu D-Max is perhaps one of the biggest improvements over the previous model, and that’s saying something because this new ute is much improved in many ways.

The thing is, though, that you get a bit more wow factor in the cabin than before, with the top two grades getting a 9.0-inch touchscreen media unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-connect Android Auto. Plus these variants have additional USB charging in the rear row if you choose a dual cab, too.

The lower grades get a 7.0-inch screen which still has the smartphone tech but doesn’t look quite as amazing, as the bezel is the same size. But compared to the last model, this is a huge step forward.

There are also much improved materials, though the base grades (SX and LS-M) still get rubber floors and hard-wearing fabric seats. The LS-U has fabric seats and carpet flooring, while the X-Terrain steps things up with leather accented seats. Both the LS-U and X-Terrain have leather-trimmed steering wheels.

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 8L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Ute 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Isuzu D-Max Pricing and Specs for 2021

Isuzu D-Max Seats

Wondering how many seats are in the 2021 Isuzu D-Max? That’ll depend on the body-style you choose.

The single cab versions are two-seater only. No bench seats here to rub sweaty shoulders with your workmates, and there’s even a centre front airbag to protect both occupants in the event of a side-impact collision.

The extra cab models are also two-seat only. Previously, extra cab (or space cab, in Isuzu speak) models had four seats, including two rear spots for passengers. But not anymore, as the brand reckons the safety standards it has set for the new-generation model wouldn’t be met by having human occupants in the back of this body ute.

Choose a dual cab (or double cab) of any model grade and you’ll find yourself with five seats. The rear is foldable to allow secure storage if you don’t need all five positions filled, and there are dual ISOFIX child seat tethers and two top-tether hooks (that feed to a centre secure lashing location - you can’t fit three child seats in the back).

Isuzu D-Max Seats

Isuzu D-Max Speed

It has been reported that the D-Max can achieve 0-100km/h acceleration in just under 9.8 seconds.

Isuzu D-Max Boot Space

Load space for the Isuzu D-Max for factory fitted trays are as follows:

Single-cab chassis has a cargo floor length of 2550mm and a width of 1777mm.

Extra-cab chassis has a cargo floor length of 2100mm and a width of 1777mm.

Extra-cab ute has a cargo floor length of 1835mm, a width of 1530mm, width between the wheel arches is 1122mm and depth is 490mm.

Dual-cab chassis has a cargo floor length of 1800mm and a width of 1777mm.

Dual-cab ute has a cargo floor length of 1570mm, a width of 1530mm, width between the wheel arches is 1122mm and depth is 490mm.

As for cabin storage the D-Max’s has a pair of pop-out cup holders on the edges of the dashboard, there’s a dash top box with a lid, and a double glovebox, too. There are big cupholders between the seats, a decent centre console bin, and bottle holders in the front door pockets.

In the back there is a pair of cup holders in a flip-down armrest in the LS-U and X-Terrain, plus all dual cabs get door pockets with bottle holders, and there are rear seat directional air vents, too.