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Spied: As Malaysia waits, Vietnam prepares to launch the all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max

Sanjay ยท Feb 4, 2021 08:00 PM

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As one country prepares to launch a much-awaited model, Malaysia longingly sits on the bench - this is a trend that's repeated with the all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max (RG-series), now spotted in Vietnam.

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The pick-up trucks - seen sitting in a dockyard - will go on sale in the country after Chinese New Year (12-February 2021).

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Spied: As Malaysia waits, Vietnam prepares to launch the all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max 01

Sources mentioned that dealers have begun accepting deposits, with deliveries slated to begin in April.

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It's also reported that Vietnam is bound to receive three variants: 

  • LS 1.9 MT (4x2)
  • LS 1.9 AT (4x2)
  • Type Z 1.9 AT (4x4)

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Of these, the Type Z stands to be the range-topper with most of the bells and whistles.

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The 1.9-litre unit as seen in the current-gen D-Max.

Interestingly, it seems that the Vietnamese market eschews the updated 3.0-litre DDi BluePower turbodiesel (190 PS/450 Nm). So far, it's likely that all variants sold there will be powered by the 1.9-litre, DDi BluePower turbodiesel unit that churns 150 PS and 350 Nm.

How is the all-new D-Max specced?

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Among the visual changes between the RG-series D-Max (left) and its predecessor (right). 18-inch wheels for the range-topping Type Z variant.

Underneath the redesigned, sharper exterior lies Isuzu's new ladder frame chassis, called Dynamic Drive Platform which promises to be 23% stiffer than the outgoing model.

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Complementing the new chassis is a ultra-high tensile steel bodyshell, a new double wishbone front suspension, and a revised leaf spring rear suspension. 

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A more modern interior for the all-new D-Max (left), compared to the outgoing model (right).

The interior is properly spruced up too, with a cleaner design that boasts creature comforts such as a new dual-zone automatic climate control system as well as Apple CarPlay support (available on upper variants).

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Cleaner design for the new D-Max (left), compared to its predecessor (right).

Thailand's range-topping V-Cross variant gets a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features, which are:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)

These are in addition to electronic stability control, electronic traction control, and up to 6 airbags. The Vietnamese-specs car could have the same features too.

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Certain variants of the Vietnamese-specs D-Max will also receive a full-colour digital instrument cluster (left). Comparison photos credit: Isuzu Danang

Also, the D-Max serves as a base car for the all-new 2021 Mazda BT-50

Well, Malaysia's next, right?

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Although it's been spied here last December, we'll have to wait a little longer. The test mules spotted here are likely only used for parts development purposes.

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The introduction of this model across ASEAN will be launched in stages. Note too that the Malaysian-specs car will be locally-assembled (CKD), incurring a longer lead time, which essentially means the model won't be here so soon.

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Current-gen D-Max.

That said, the current model is nothing to be scoffed at if you're looking for a new pickup truck soon. However, if you choose to wait, here's three new models you can expect to launch here this year.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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