The third-generation ISUZU D-Max ute is well into its development, as these spy images of a left-hand drive test mule going through its paces in snowy Scandinavian climates reveal.
The Japanese company is thought to be advancing gradually towards an international unveiling some time near completion of the year, and Australia is expected to follow with a local launch in 2020.
The Thai-built Isuzu D-MAX range will once again spawn a new MU-X seven-seat SUV, with more separation between the models in regards to appearances and refinement, and will also be twinned with the next-generation Mazda BT-50.
The off-road-ready MU-X wagon is stated to be heading towards comfort, improvement, and on-road behavior more similar to big SUVs such as the Toyota Kluger and Hyundai Santa Fe.
2021 Isuzu D-Max Features
Infotainment and safety features are expected to be beyond what is presently available, adding autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control into the mix.
The Isuzu D-MAX test mule’s enlarged grille, LED headlights, and tougher position recommends the next Isuzu ute– and the new Mazda BT-50– will strut its stuff with greater assurance and, perhaps, enhanced capabilities over the already-impressive current range.
2021 Isuzu D-Max Rumors
Rumors are likewise distributing that Isuzu might be thinking about a coil-spring rear suspension as a possibility for the D-MAX.
Although European markets will continue to utilize a new 360Nm 1.9-liter turbo-diesel for the next D-MAX, it’s expected the company will continue to offer the existing 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine that is doing a sterling job in the current model.
The next-gen Isuzu D-MAX will also mark the Mazda BT-50’s departure from its Ford Ranger roots as the company brings to fruition an offer that will see both the Isuzu and Mazda ending up being virtual twins.
The Isuzu D-MAX, in addition to the MU-X SUV, has been distributed in Australia by the Queensland-based Mitsubishi subsidiary Isuzu Ute since 2008 and was the country’s 5th most popular new Ute in 2018.