Isuzu Thailand recently revealed the 2016 updated D-Max pickup truck with a game changer engine, a new 1.9-liter Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel that replaces the previous popular 2.5-liter motor. The pickup also had a slightly revised exterior design and an improved cabin features.
The exterior design started with reshaped headlights that now comes with LED daytime running lights, new fog light trim accents and a tweaked grill design. There will also be new bumper designs, depending on the variant chosen. The side and rear carries over from the pre-updated version apart from the new 18-inch alloy wheels, shark-fin antenna and a slightly altered tailgate.
Inside the cabin there is a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a TFT multi-information display placed between the dual gauge cluster. Layout-wise, it pretty much remains the same, though there are new interior trim options available.
The most apparent change on the 2016 D-Max is its engine. In Thailand, the 2.5-liter 4JK1-TCX will be replaced by the new 1.9-liter RZ4E-TC Ddi Blue Power turbo-diesel. It delivers 150 PS at 3,600 rpm and has a torque rating of 350 Nm that is available between 1,800 and 2,600 rpm. Isuzu also claimed that it will be 19% more fuel efficient and will only emit 161g of C02 per km.
The new engine joins the range-topping motor for Thailand, the 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCX that puts out 175 PS and 380 Nm of torque.
It will be available with a new 6-speed automatic with Genius Sport Shift (replacing the older 5-speed auto) and a new 6-speed manual gearbox.
Other features present in the refreshed D-Max include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control, which will only be standard on higher grade models. There will also be an optional tire pressure monitoring system.
We wonder when this interesting new diesel powered D-Max will arrives in Malaysia.