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New D-Max one-tonne ute impresses both on and off the road

25 Jun 2012

ISUZU’S all-new D-Max one-tonne utility was developed in conjunction with the latest Holden Colorado, but differs in some very significant areas that make it a quite distinct proposition.

As well as different and stylish bodywork ahead of the windscreen, the D-Max employs a unique Isuzu 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine (against the Colorado’s smaller but more potent 2.8-litre unit) and new five-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

Our first drive at the national media launch revealed the D-Max to be a consummate performer both on the highway and off the beaten track, making it a serious contender in the tough light commercial ute market.
Model release date: 1 June 2012 to 1 February 2017

Previous model

Released: October 2009
Ended: August 2012
Family Tree: D-Max

AFTER divorcing General Motors, Isuzu was relaunched in this country as Isuzu Ute Australia in October 2008 with the D-Max, which was previously sold here as the Holden Rodeo.

The all-diesel D-Max range comprised 11 model variants at launch including single and dual-cab body styles in both ute and cab-chassis configurations, plus 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and three trim levels.

Sharply priced and competitively equipped, the entry-level SX single-cab-chassis 4x2 manual included ABS brakes and air-conditioning.

The D-Max offered a class-leading cab-to-axle length in cab-chassis guise, plus a 3.0-litre common-rail variable-vane turbo-diesel that returned as little as 7.9L/100km in single-cab 4x2 form.

In May 2010, Isuzu refreshed the D-Max range, widening the availability of the automatic transmission and cruise control plus increasing the versatility of the Space Cab variant.

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