2024 Isuzu D-Max Facelift Unveiled! Everything you need to know.
October 7, 2023
The Isuzu D-Max, ranking third after Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger in Australia’s ute sales, has undergone its first considerable revision since its 2020 introduction in the local market.
Recently, official images from Isuzu Thailand have surfaced, showcasing a distinct new front design, updated wheels, a revamped tail-light structure, and interior modifications. Notably, these alterations include new controls for the infotainment system, distinct seat designs, and novel interior trim accents.
Considering the usual timeline between model unveilings in Thailand and their Australian debuts, the 2024 Isuzu D-Max could reach Australian dealerships within this year. It is worth noting that customers who have pre-ordered the current model might receive this updated version, given the extended wait times spanning six to twelve months contingent on the specific variant.
While Isuzu Ute Australia remains silent about the pricing strategy, there is a history of safeguarding prices for existing pre-orders, potentially insulating customers from future price hikes.
This update, the most comprehensive since the Isuzu D-Max's global launch in 2019, brings forward both exterior and technology refreshments. The D-Max is already available for purchase in Thailand, with prices observing a rise of approximately $AU1300 to $AU1700.
The fresh exterior design exhibits a reimagined front with a pronounced grille and reconfigured headlights. The tail-lights have also undergone changes. Wheel designs have been updated, with the V-Cross model, known as X-Terrain in Australia, flaunting a new matte finish.
The interior embraces changes with both 9.0-inch and 7.0-inch infotainment screen sizes remaining constant. However, new dials have been introduced, making for easier adjustments. Touch-sensitive controls now replace physical buttons. Connectivity features have been expanded, now incorporating wireless Android Auto, alongside wired and wireless Apple CarPlay.
A new 7.0-inch digital display finds a place in the instrument cluster, nestled between two analog dials. While the new screen is an enhancement from its predecessor, it remains smaller compared to some competitors.
Interior ports have also seen changes, with USB-C ports replacing USB-A. In the safety domain, the rear cross-traffic alert system seems to have an enhanced capability to brake in potentially dangerous situations.
Engine options remain unchanged with choices between a 1.9-litre and a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder. Transmissions include six-speed manual and automatic options, with the latter now benefiting from paddle shifters.
The current Isuzu D-Max had its global launch on 14 October 2019 and was introduced in Australia the following year. In the 2023 sales figures, the D-Max secured the sixth spot in overall sales and the third position in the ute category.
This update comes as a response to the influx of competitors, such as the Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Toyota HiLux, LDV T60, and Kia Tasman, slated to release in the near future.
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