isuzu d-max

Isuzu is reportedly set to begin selling pickups powered by a smaller capacity diesel engine in Thailand by 2015. According to the Nikkei, the company will introduce a 1.9 litre oil burner for the Thai market. It currently uses 2.5 and 3.0 litre versions for its D-Max.

Isuzu said that it is aiming for the 1.9 litre mill to have the same output and performance as the 2.5 litre unit. The report doesn’t mention if the new unit will replace the 2.5 – with similar numbers, it would seem a logical move to do so.

No word either as to whether this will be an in-house engine, or one that’s derived from General Motors. A report last week stated that Isuzu was set to utilise diesels sourced from GM for the Indian market, and these will find their way on to a new low-cost pickup it will introduce there in 2016.

The company says that the move towards downsizing is to keep vehicle prices down as well as offer improved fuel economy. It sold approximately 410,000 pickups globally as of March 31 this year, with the ASEAN market accounting for 65% of total sales. With the move towards a smaller displacement engine, the automaker is hoping to increase its sales volume by 20% as of 2016.