More flashy pick-up trucks from Thailand Motor Expo, but unlike the Mazda BT-50 Thrilling we showed you earlier, this Isuzu D-Max X-Series is for sale. Once again, changes are mostly cosmetic, in and out, although they’ve thrown in Isuzu Genius Entry, which is a keyless entry and start system.
The X-Series is available in low riding Speed and high riding Hi-Lander forms – the latter comes with a choice of king cab or double cab while the Speed is two-door only. It is powered by Isuzu’s 2.5 litre VGS turbo engine with 136 hp and 320 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,800 rpm. King cab models are M/T only, but the four-door Hi-Lander can be paired to a five-speed automatic ‘box with Rev Tronic manual override.
Compared to the rest of the D-Max range, X-Series trucks get a dark grey grille with the big Isuzu logo in red. The wheels are in a matching grey tone, and there are body stripes that run the spine of the bonnet and tailgate. Hi-Lander models get a “shark-fin” antenna and sports bar. Notice the reverse camera that’s neatly integrated into the tailgate handle.
Inside, the X is marked by the colour red, which can be found on the seats, steering wheel logo and stitching. One can only choose from black or white, but the Hi-Lander gets pearl white paint.
This new Isuzu D-Max was launched in Thailand back in September 2011, which makes one wonder when will Isuzu Malaysia bring it in.