FIRST LOOK: 2020 Isuzu D-Max – third-gen pick-up

The third-generation Isuzu D-Max made its global debut in October this year, and has since gone on sale in Thailand. Completely redesigned inside and out, the new D-Max is currently on display the ongoing Thailand Motor Expo, and if you can’t make it to the show, we’re bringing you a video walk-around tour of the pick-up truck.

Riding on Isuzu’s new Dynamic Drive Platform, the D-Max continues to utilise body-on-frame construction, albeit with a significantly improved ladder frame that is not only lighter but stiffer than before. This is paired to a revised suspension that offers better stability, durability and comfort, while the body itself sees more use of high-tensile steels for increased rigidity.

The new platform and a more aggressively-styled exterior result in some changes to the pick-up’s dimensions, as the popular double cab model now measures 5,265 mm long, 1,870 mm wide and 1,790 mm tall, which is 30 mm shorter, 10 mm wider and five millimetres lower; its 3,125 mm wheelbase is also 30 mm longer.

Moving inside, the new dashboard design is much more angular in look, and is a huge departure from the outgoing model. There’s also a whole host of new features available for a more upmarket feel behind the wheel, along with better comfort and ergonomics that were a bit of a downer on the previous-generation model.

For the Thailand market, the D-Max is offered with two four-cylinder turbodiesel engines, with the first being a RZ4E-TC 1.9 litre unit providing 150 PS at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,600 rpm. The second option is a new 4JJ3-TCX 3.0 litre that is essentially a heavily revised version of the old 4JJ1-TCX to make 190 PS and 450 Nm, which is 13 PS and 70 Nm more. The engines are paired with either six-speed manual or auto, with four-wheel drive available as well.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Ali Rustam on Dec 05, 2019 at 11:46 am

    This pickup is 1000X better than some China made SUV that has no awards or world recognition

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    • Western Star on Dec 05, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      You brain must be 1000X stupider to compare pickup and SUV.

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  • transformer on Dec 05, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    no AEB?

    don’t buy until Isuzu add AEB into this….

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  • Ex VGM staff on Dec 05, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    And the market realises having the most powerful engine or the most gears or the fastest speed or most safety features or the most beautiful look is not enough. They are back to Toyota Hilux.. The most reliable. Better value and resale value too.

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  • Saiful Bahari on Dec 09, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Will Isuzu Malaysia bring in the Extended Cab with AT?

    I will definitely buy it.

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