Isuzu D-Max facelift revealed – new 1.9L turbodiesel!


The Isuzu D-Max facelift has been revealed in Thailand with an updated front fascia, a more upmarket cabin and new 1.9 litre Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel engine. Beginning with the looks, the rejuvenated pick-up gets a reworked front fascia with a more aggressive grille design, restyled LED “tube” headlights with integrated daytime running lights and new 18-inch wheels – the latter two only available on the top-spec variant.

As for the interior, leaked scans of the brochure – first seen on the pages of Thai publication, Headlight Mag – indicate that the Isuzu D-Max facelift will also be offered with the option of a eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a new TFT instrument cluster. It is still unclear as to whether or not there will be newer trim lines to compete with its equally refreshed rivals.

With that said, the largest update on the D-Max facelift lies beneath the skin in the form of the aforementioned 1.9 litre Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel mill. Said mill was first mooted by the Japanese manufacturer back in 2013 as a replacement for the outgoing 2.5 litre turbodiesel unit – the 3.0 litre mill soldiers on. The 1.9 litre mill is said to pump out a total of 147 hp and 350 Nm of torque.


Additional technical details remain scarce for now – it is unclear what transmission will be tasked to work with the new 1.9 litre engine. A new six-speed automatic and manual gearbox will be offered but sources remain unclear if said options will be exclusively paired to the 1.9 litre turbodiesel engine or the 3.0 litre unit.

Elsewhere, optional accessories on the Thai-spec Isuzu D-Max facelift include side steps, roof rails, an Isuzu bed liner, cargo net, headlamp covers, a “tailgate ornament set”, floor illumination, rubber floor trays, “premium” floor mats and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • Sorry but prefacelift model looks much better to me

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  • nabill (Member) on Nov 02, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    way too many grills stacked on each other , but still looks good , the 1.9L could be a game changer since everyone’s base engine is tax unfriendly 2.5L….lets wait n see…

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  • Wow, it look like amg gts headlamp,if convert the grill to amg style

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  • achique on Nov 02, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Good job Isuzu, the torque and hp are higher than the current 2.5L D-Max. The fuel consumption should be better and the road tax is definitely cheaper.

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  • Really on Nov 02, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Knowing Isuzu, the new engine will be over-engineered for reliability and efficiency. Should bring it here as soon as possible, assuming it can take our Euro 2 diesel of course.

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  • Can’t wait to see this. Hope it will able to adapt our diesel in Malaysia. You won’t go wrong with Isuzu I can guarantee. Currently owned 3, won highest mileage prize for 300kkm, strong on road & never have major repair yet apart of normal maintenance.

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  • No wonder selling price tag maybe higher but got cheaper roadtax.

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  • leonardo on Nov 03, 2015 at 8:52 am

    The road tax friendly engine should attract new family buyers and small contractors. It is also an alternative to expensive SUVs.
    If there is one thing that I want to highlight to the distributors is to have MORE SERVICE CENTERS throughout Peninsular and Sabah, Sarawak. Also the spare parts and should be affordable and easily available, like Toyota Hilux.

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