It may not look very different, but the 2017 Isuzu D-Max ute has seen some significant changes under the skin.
The most significant chance is a re-worked version of the brand’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel truck engine, which is now Euro 5 compliant. It retains the same 130kW of power but now has 430Nm of torque (from 2000-2200rpm). The previous engine had 380Nm of torque, and that’s still available from 1700-3500rpm, where previously its torque curve was across a narrower 1800-2800rpm band.
The new engine is teamed to a choice of two new gearboxes – a six-speed manual developed in-house by Isuzu, or a six-speed auto sourced from Aisin. Official fuel use figures haven’t been revealed, but the company claims it is five per cent more efficient than the previous drivetrain, and it adopts a diesel particulate filter as part of the update.
Cosmetically there are some amendments to the D-Max's look, albeit minor. There’s a reshaped bonnet, redesigned front bumper, revised grille treatment, and new designs for the headlights – projectors with LED daytime running lights on LS versions, and new halogens for EX and SX models.
The LS also gets new-look fog lights, and the flagship LS-T has new 18-inch alloy wheels, while the LS-U gets new 17s and the LS-M has 16-inch alloys with all-terrain tyres.
Inside there have been a few changes, too, with the SX and LS-M models gaining a 7.0-inch touchscreen media system, while the LS-U and LS-T variants get a larger 8.0-inch media screen with built-in sat-nav. All models from LS-M up have a standard rear-view camera, while the SX and EX – disappointingly – are only available with a back-up camera if you option it.
The LS versions now get three USB inputs, while the crew-cab SX and LS-M models now get eight-speaker sound systems (previously six speakers). All models now get hill descent control, too - 4x2 and 4x4.
Isuzu Ute Australia has also reworked its servicing campaign – thank goodness, because taking a ute in to be serviced every six months would surely have been painful.
Now the servicing intervals are every 12 months or 10,000 kilometres, whichever occurs first, and the capped-price service plan spans out to five years, rather than the existing three-year run. The company is backing the buyer with five years/130,000km of warranty cover, and five years roadside assistance.
Prices across the D-Max range have been raised – see below for the adjustments.
2017 Isuzu D-Max pricing
(Prices exclude on-road costs, changes denoted in brackets)
SX single-cab-chassis manual – $28,500 (+$1000)
SX single-cab-chassis Hi-Ride auto – $31,700 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab-chassis Hi-Ride auto – $37,300 (+$1000)
SX space-cab ute Hi-Ride– $35,500 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab ute manual – $34,500 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab ute Hi-Ride auto – $38,000 (+$1000)
LS-U crew-cab ute Hi-Ride auto – $43,600 (+$1400)
EX single-cab-chassis manual – $34,800 (+$800)
SX single-cab-chassis manual – $38,000 (+$1000)
SX single-cab-chassis auto – $40,100 (+$1000)
SX space-cab manual – $40,700 (+$1000)
SX space-cab-chassis auto – $42,800 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab-chassis manual – $43,200 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab-chassis auto – $45,300 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab ute manual – $43,900 (+$1000)
SX crew-cab ute auto – $46,000 (+$1000)
LS-M crew-cab ute manual – $46,400 (+$1400)
LS-M crew-cab ute auto – $48,500 (+$1400)
LS-U space-cab ute manual – $46,200 (+$1400)
LS-U space-cab ute auto – $48,300 (+$1400)
LS-U crew-cab ute manual – $48,300 (+$1400)
LS-U crew-cab ute auto – $50,400 (+$1400)
LS-T crew-cab ute – $54,200 (+$1700)
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