Ah, it’s spyshots galore this week, and the next vehicle to be uncovered by the lens is the new Isuzu D-Max, which played peekaboo in the Suzuki Swift Sport spyshots from yesterday. Again, master spy Anol Alias comes up trumps with a set of photos of the second-generation pickup, which is currently being evaluated by JPJ. Not just one vehicle, mind you, but an entire slew by the looks of it.
The D-Max made its debut in Thailand in September 2011, so it has definitely a while for the full model change version – which sits on the company’s new Isuzu Gravity Responsive Intelligent Platform (i-GRIP) platform – to get here. Still, better late than never!
A choice of three turbodiesel engines are available for the Thai market, with a 177 hp and 380 Nm 3.0 litre heading the list. Meanwhile, the iTEQ 2.5 litre comes in two output tunes, the 116 hp and 280 Nm as seen on the existing D-Max and a VGS version with 136 hp and 320 Nm. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual and five-speed auto.
Traction control and a vehicle stability system are to be found on the new D-Max, available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations in Thailand. Also sold in the Kingdom is a kitted-up form called the D-Max X-Series as seen at the Thai Motor Expo last year.