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We’ve seen the facelifted D-Max previously, and now here’s the extended cab D-Max in Hi-Lander guise in the flesh, right here in Bangkok. As a refresher, while the changes are subtle on the outside, the highlight of the new D-Max is its new turbodiesel engine and new six-speed transmissions.

Exterior changes of the D-Max consist of a new grille design, reshaped headlights that now come with LED daytime running lights and two different bumper designs depending on variants. The rear sports subtle updates which include a new tailgate and a fin antenna. Additionally, 18-inch alloy rims can be found on this Z-Prestige grade D-Max.

Inside, it comes with a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while a TFT display is present in the instrument cluster. Aside from different upholstery for different trims, the D-Max’s interior remains as it was.

Power is provided by a new 1.9 litre Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel mill that replaces the 2.5 litre diesel plant. The new engine is now 20% lighter than the outgoing unit and produces higher output figures of 150 hp at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,800 and 2,600 rpm. On top of that, it is claimed to be 19% more economical, while emitting just 161 g/km of CO2 emissions.

The new engine is paired with either a new six-speed automatic transmission with Genius Sport Shift or a new six-speed manual gearbox. The other engine option is the familiar 3.0 litre mill that makes 177 hp and 380 Nm and is paired with the same five-speed automatic or a choice of the same five-speed manual.

Do you guys think that the changes on the Isuzu D-Max are extensive enough for it to compete with rivals like the Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger and the Nissan Navara? Do share with us your thoughts on this.

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