Isuzu D-Max revealed

  • New Isuzu pick-up promises more kit
  • One engine in the line-up - 2.5-litre diesel
  • Prices start at £14,499 excluding VAT

Isuzu unveiled its D-Max pick-up at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham and says its all-new model will go on sale in June.

The D-Max is the replacement for the longstanding Rodeo pick-up. Though it doesn’t look hugely different to the outgoing model, the Japanese company insists this is a major departure, offering improved CO2 emissions, more kit and better performance.

It will come in four trim levels – Isuzu D-Max, Eiger, Yukon and Utah – and standard kit includes air-conditioning, electric windows, 15-inch steel wheels for the single-cab and 16-inch steel wheels for the double cab, front/side/curtain airbags and CD/radio with two speakers.

The Eiger adds 16-inch alloys, an additional two speakers plus iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity, remote central locking, heated and folding door mirrors, while the Yukon gets 17-inch alloys, six-speaker audio package, LED rear lights, cruise control and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

The top-spec Utah features climate control, electric seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats, electrically powered driver’s seat and parking sensors. Safety systems include stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control.

The D-Max is available in single, extended and double cab versions. There’s only one engine on offer – a 161bhp 2.5-litre twinturbo diesel engine that offers a 20% increase on power over the previous 2.5-litre diesel offered in the Rodeo. CO2 emissions are rated at 194g/km and average fuel economy is 38.2 – a 10% improvement on the old model. It is offered in two- and four-wheel-drive models.

The double cab’s cargo bay is 1,552mm long and 1,530mm wide, which is an increase of 138mm and 70mm respectively over the Rodeo. Braked towing capacity remains at 3,000kg (750kg unbraked).

Prices range from £14,499 excluding VAT for the standard single cab version, while the top-of-the-range double-cab Utah with automatic transmission is £21,499, also excluding VAT.

The D-Max will go on sale in June.