A brochure that’s been leaked online by an employee from an Isuzu outlet has spilled the beans on an incoming set of updates that Isuzu had in store for the 2017 spec D-MAX.
The major improvement being the reworked 3L four-cylinder diesel 4JJ1 engine. While top end power remains stable at 130Kw at 3,600rpm, the noticeable increase was found at the lower end of the rev spectrum.
The 2017 model offers 430Nm torque at 2,000rpm, a handy increase over the 2016 model, which offered 380Nm at the same revs.
The updated powerplant has been equipped with a diesel particulate filter in order to bring it in line with Euro 5 standards, while a raft of other under-bonnet updates have been made to the fuel pump, pistons, injectors and turbo.
The automatic D-MAX is fitted up with the same Aisin gearbox as the 2016 model, while the manual receives a new six-speed transmission built in-house by Isuzu.
The D-MAX’s front end has received a few stylistic tweaks, with updates to the grill, bumper and bonnet offering a fresh look.
Further updates are offered to the higher spec LS-U and LS-T utes, including built-in satellite navigation and a new eight-inch centre console screen.
A few other aesthetic updates are incoming, including a redesigned shark fin style antenna and new branded decal design.
Isuzu’s impregnable five-year, 130,000km warranty remains ironclad.
WORDS BY PAT WILLIAMS