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2021 Isuzu MU-X: Everything we know so far

UPDATE, September 29: The 2021 Isuzu MU-X has now been revealed through a series of patent application images. Story here. The 2021 Isuzu MU-X will be among the safest and most advanced vehicles in the ute-derived four-wheel-drive class when it goes on sale in the second half of 2021 or the first half of 2022...

2021 Isuzu D-Max: 3.0-litre diesel here to stay, hybrid and 1.9-litre also possible

Isuzu Ute Australia has cemented the new 3.0-litre 4JJ3-TCX diesel engine as the main powertrain of its range in Australia, while a hybrid driveline and smaller diesel option could join it in the future. Based on the outgoing 4JJ1 engine, the new 4JJ3 engine uses a new block, cylinder head and fuel injection system to achieve better power and torque figure of 140kW and 450Nm...

4JJ3-TCX: Meet Isuzu's new 3.0-litre turbo diesel

The 4J diesel engine family has been the bedrock of Isuzu’s light trucks and utes for many years, and we are now seeing the opening of a new chapter in Australia. The 2021 Isuzu D-Max will get an all-new 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine under the bonnet, replacing the long-serving and much-loved 4JJ1...

2021 Isuzu D-Max teased as orders open ahead of launch

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max has been teased in a promotional video as orders open online ahead of the vehicle’s showroom arrival in September. Customers can register their “expression of interest” on the Isuzu Ute Australia website and be notified when the vehicle will arrive in their nearest showroom...

How Australia shaped the 2021 Mazda BT-50

Mazda Australia played a pivotal role in the new generation BT-50 ute, after a partnership that spanned almost half a century ended with Ford. Development of the 2021 Mazda BT-50 started five years ago, and Australia was the driving force. The Mazda BT-50 is not a global model for the Japanese brand, however it is critical for Australia...

2021 Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50: first utes with centre airbags

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max and 2021 Mazda BT-50 twins will have a centre airbag between the two front seats – making them among the first vehicles on sale in Australia with this advanced safety feature. Until now, a centre airbag has only been available in Australia on a $200,000 Audi A8 limousine (pictured below)...

2021 Isuzu D-Max in showrooms from 1 September

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max is officially due on sale from 1 September 2020, about one month later than planned due to delays in production caused by the global coronavirus crisis. Isuzu dealers have been notified via email that the new generation D-Max will go into production in the Thailand factory mid July, and the first shipments are due to arrive in Australia mid August...

Isuzu D-Max running out of stock in lead-up to June 30 deals

The Isuzu D-Max is running out of stock in the lead-up to what is usually the biggest month of the year for ute sales. Isuzu dealers have told CarAdvice that supply has almost run out at some showrooms, while others say they have barely enough vehicles to carry them through to the end of the financial year, June 30...

New Isuzu D-Max on track for July arrival as production restarts

The new Isuzu D-Max ute is on track to arrive in Australian showrooms in July as expected – despite a three-week factory shutdown during the global coronavirus crisis. Isuzu Ute Australia issued a statement today advising that the Thailand factory that manufactures the new generation Isuzu D-Max ute has restarted production as of this week, after being shuttered since the 13th of April...

2018-2019 Isuzu D-Max crew cab recalled due to potential suspension failure

Isuzu Australia has issued a recall of 2323 of its D-Max utility vehicles affected by a faulty suspension component. UPDATE 20/3/2020: Isuzu Australia has confirmed the recall is voluntary and pre-emptive. At time of publishing, no Australian cars have had the suspension component fail. The issue extends to model-year 2018-2019 D-Max crew cabs sold between 27 January 2018 to 28 February 2020...

Coming soon: 2020 Isuzu D-Max ute due in Australian showrooms in July, price rises likely

The 2020 Isuzu D-Max ute is due in Australian showrooms in July, will be powered by a revised version of its 3.0-litre turbo diesel, and all models will come standard with advanced safety technology to achieve an expected five-star rating across the range...