Isuzu has finally delivered the new D-Max, with the 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine that’s been on everyone’s lips since they’ve kept us waiting for the last few years.
This delay, seeing as Thailand has been running the 1.9-litre powertrain for years, was due to the extensive development on the engine in order for it to thrive in our local driving conditions.
The new D-Max, available in both 1.9-litre and 3.0-litre engine options, come in 11 different variants. For all intents and purposes, focus will be on the new 1.9-litre engine which Isuzu claims not just to be quieter by 2-3 decibles, more robust and efficient with 14% less emissions but also significantly lighter (by 56kg) and more powerful than the 2.5-litre engine it replaces.
The new RZ4E engine serves up 10% more power and 9% more torque compared to the 2.5-litre engine from before with 150 hp and 350 Nm.
The new powertrain has been developed side by side with both the new 6-speed automatic or manual transmissions, featuring a new Final Drive and wider gear ratios, for even more optimised performance.
And the results speak for themselves. While the following figures may not matter in a pick-up, the facts may intrigue you.
The new 1.9-litre D-Max with the 6-speed automatic transmission does 0 to 400 metres in 19.3 seconds and 0 to 100 km/h in 13.7 seconds. The previous 2.5-litre model did it in 20.3 seconds and 15.3 seconds respectively – borderline disturbing stuff this.
To sweeten the deal even more, those who book the new 1.9-litre or 3.0-litre Isuzu D-Max between 18th of September to 31st of October 2019 will be given 5-years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with up to 8-years or 80,000 km Free Maintenance.