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Isuzu Philippines to launch all-new D-Max in 2021

The commercial vehicle specialist will once again battle for pickup truck supremacy

The all-new D-Max is finally coming to the Philippines in 2021. PHOTO FROM ISUZU

Earlier this year, we reported about the purported launch date of the next-generation Isuzu D-Max. According to our contacts, the much-awaited pickup truck won’t arrive on our shores until 2021. The automaker said that they needed to sell the remaining inventory of the outgoing D-Max first before they can bring in the new one.

In a Zoom meeting held this morning, Isuzu Philippines has confirmed that the all-new D-Max is coming to the country next year. And that should stir up the pickup wars once again. While the current-generation D-Max is an extremely reliable workhorse, its competitors have already morphed into better versions of themselves with improved performance and more tech. It makes sense, then, for Isuzu to finally bring in the latest iteration of its popular light truck.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine now has 450Nm of torque. PHOTO FROM ISUZU

There is no word yet on the specs of the PH-bound D-Max. However, a quick visit to the Isuzu Thailand website reveals that customers have choice of two turbocharged diesel engines. The 1.9-liter mill puts out 150hp and 350Nm of torque, practically identical to the RZ4E-equipped variants sold locally. On the other hand, the 3.0-liter motor has 190hp and 450Nm of twist, 15hp and 70Nm more than that of the outgoing models. Both powerplants can be mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Looking forward to the all-new D-Max?

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