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New 2024 Isuzu D-Max facelift launched in Thailand - Upgraded ADAS, new look

CY Foong · Oct 9, 2023 11:30 AM

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Since the third-generation Isuzu D-Max made its world debut in Thailand back in 2019, the pick-up truck has been topping the Kingdom’s best-selling chart which it took over from the Toyota Hilux. 4 years later, the D-Max has been given a more aggressive facelift with some improvements on the safety front.

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In Thailand, the updated D-Max is available with around 30 variants across 5 distinct body styles which are priced between THB 540,000 to THB 1,264,000 (~RM 69k-161k).

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This is clearly the most distinct update given to the D-Max in 4 years as the last update given to the pick-up in 2022 saw minor changes in trims and equipment. Over 600,000 units of the third-gen D-Max have been sold in the Kingdom since its late-2019 launch.

Also read: Isuzu D-Max smokes Hilux to stay ahead as Thailand's best-selling vehicle in April 2023

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The biggest and most obvious change is in front with an all-new headlight design surrounded by DRLs that double as arrow-shaped turn signals. There is also a power bulge added to the engine hood that makes the front grille higher and wider.

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Another major change is on the front grille which looks absolutely like a beast on the top-of-the-range V-Cross and is painted in Black Grey with Black Chrome inserts that look like fangs on a snake.

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A new highlight on the front is incorporated into the front bumpers. Flanking on the sides are air curtains which are aerodynamically designed to reduce air resistance just like a sports car.

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Clockwise from top left: V-Cross, Hi-Lander, Standard, Spark

Moving towards the rear, the updated D-Max features a triple taillight design that Isuzu dubs “Triple Armour”. Around the sides, there are new alloy wheel designs across the range – V-Cross variants receive 18-inch “Rugged and Wild” wheel design, Hi-Lander variants get 18-inch Turbine Spiral design, and the remaining lower variants aside from the single cab Spark receive new 16-inchers.

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Inside, the refreshed D-Max looks almost similar to the pre-facelift though Isuzu has given a name for its interior concept – Miura design. The dashboard of the V-Cross variants feature two-tone black-brown colour combo while the Hi-Lander variants come with a black-silver combination.

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The 9-inch infotainment screen on the higher variants of the refreshed D-Max has also been redesigned with the return of volume and tuner knobs. Further improvements were also made to the 7-inch multi-info display screen which now offers seamless integration with the infotainment unit.

Also read: Review: Isuzu D-Max Auto Plus 1.9L 4x2 - The urban motoring man's power tool

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Higher variants also receive leather seats, fast-charging USB-C charging ports in front and rear, an 8-speaker surround sound system with Dynamic Surround Sound, as well as support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Another improvement is in the ADAS suite which is now aided by a wider and more advanced 3D Imaging Stereo Camera with 2-point radar and 8-point sensor system. Some new features added including pedestrian detection with automatic braking, Turn Assist with AEB as well as adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Stop-and-Go. The full ADAS suite is only available on the automatic variants of the higher variants.

Also read: With ALLSIGHT safety concept, the 2023 Isuzu D-Max is the most complete pick-up truck for the money

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3.0-litre unit shown

In terms of powertrains, the refreshed D-Max retains the same powerplants as the pre-facelift which are the 1.9-litre BluePower turbodiesel (150 PS/350 Nm) and the 3.0-litre BluePower turbodiesel (190 PS/450 Nm). These are paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all 4 wheels (4WD) or the rear wheels (2WD).

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Following the launch of the refreshed D-Max, Isuzu also announced that it is planning to produce a fully electric version of the pick-up in Thailand in the future. However, its debut will take place in Europe before gradually rolling out to other countries including Thailand.

Also read: Isuzu looking to sell electric pick-ups as early as 2025 in Thailand and other markets

Back home in Malaysia, the D-Max has undergone a minor update earlier this year. Since the pre-facelift D-Max is fully imported (CBU) from Thailand, perhaps it won't be that long before the facelift is launched here.

CY Foong

Writer

Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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