The 2021 Isuzu D-Max is not alone an all-new D-Max, it’s additionally the aboriginal time the cast has offered this accurate alternative anywhere in the world. It’s the new Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain, a flagship archetypal that aims up absolutely at the Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
But it does so for beneath money, and with bigger equipment. Is this the new baron of the high-grade bifold cab utes?
We put it through its paces – as a affairs ute, aboriginal and foremost, as that’s the array of client this cast is set to allure – to see what it’s like to alive with.
You ability anticipate a amount tag of $62,900 for a D-Max is too high. We get it. It is rather aerial because the old LS-T archetypal was $54,800.
But those are MSRP/RRP prices – not the drive-away deals we apperceive Isuzu will be doing, and already is doing, on the X-Terrain bifold cab. In fact, at launch, the aggregation is affairs the new flagship alternative for $59,990 drive-away. That’s finer a ten-grand abatement beeline off the exhibit floor!
And it undercuts the accepted (at the time of writing) deals alive for a Toyota HiLux SR5 auto (approx. $65,400) and the Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L auto (approx. $65,500).
It’s no admiration we’ve had hundreds of comments on Facebook from acquisitive barter who are apprehension the accession of their actual own X-Terrain. It is a hotly advancing archetypal for the brand.
And for your sixty admirable (give or take) you’re accepting absolutely a bit of kit. Remember, this is a bifold cab, four-wheel drive, automated ute – there is no chiral archetypal and no 2WD adaptation of the X-Terrain, because, well, no-one would buy it.
We can’t accede the X-Terrain afterwards accumulation all the architecture changes that accept been made, but answer to say it looks added Wildtrak-like than the LS-U beneath it. We’ll burrow added on the beheld changes below, but in agreement of accepted accessory there’s plenty.
The X-Terrain comes with 18-inch alloys, dual-zone altitude control, electric bench acclimation with electric lumbar acclimatize for the driver’s seat, carpeting flooring, a 9.0-inch multimedia awning with accessory aeronautics and eight-speaker stereo, and covering council wheel.
The X-Terrain additionally gets keyless entry, push-button start, leather-accented seats, and able ute account like ancillary steps, a tub liner, and a roller tonneau adamantine awning for the tub, too.
Missing from the top-grade D-Max is an auto concealment rearview mirror (which is accepted on a agglomeration of added utes in lower grades) added there is no accessible bench heating or bench cooling, no council caster heating, and no commuter bench electric adjustment.
If you buy an X-Terrain but appetite to add added accessories to advice it angle out, there are 50 options accessible from Isuzu Ute Australia. Options include: balderdash bar and nudge bar options advised to assignment with the assurance tech systems (detailed below), a roof rack, roof box, canopy, headlight protectors, beanie protector, snorkel and attic mats.
The X-Terrain gets a archetypal specific colour best – Volcanic Amber brownish – which adds $500 to the price. Added options accommodate Marble White pearl, Magnetic Red mica, Mineral White, Cobalt Blue mica (as apparent here), Basalt Atramentous mica, Mercury Silver metallic, and Obsidian Blah mica.
If you said to me that Isuzu talked to its architecture aggregation and instructed them to “make their own Wildtrak”, it wouldn’t abruptness me. It’s a actual agnate formula, and it has been a champ for Ford – so why not?
No abruptness there are added adventurous account adapted including a lot of aphotic blah finishes, such as the 18-inch wheels, aero sports bar, ancillary steps, grille, aperture and tailgate handles, ancillary mirror caps, and the avant-garde addle-brain and rear addle-brain (lower anatomy kit). Applied architecture elements accommodate a roller tonneau awning and beneath abuse tub liner, while there are additionally roof balustrade fitted.
And say what you will about the actuality it looks actual apparent as an Isuzu, I anticipate the cast has done a abundant job of a atramentous page, ground-up amend of its ute. Yep, it’s altered in a cardinal of means – beneath nose-to-tail but with a best wheelbase, and we’re about to go abysmal on some ambit abstracts below.
Here’s a table with all the altitude advice you ability affliction about.
Cargo attic length
Cargo amplitude / amplitude amid caster arches
1530mm / 1122mm
Like best bifold cab utes in the articulation (apart from the VW Amarok) you can’t fit an Aussie bassinet (1165mm by 1165mm) amid the arches.
Righto, so now let’s booty a attending at some important weight and accommodation considerations, because a ute isn’t abundant acceptable unless it can do the ute things it has been advised for.
Gross agent accumulation (GVM)
Gross aggregate accumulation (GCM)
750kg unbraked / 3500kg braked
Tow brawl download limit
350kg (with Isuzu towing kit)
Righto, what about off alley considerations?
Well, admitting the X-Terrain name, we didn’t go for an off alley analysis in this ute. Not this time around, anyway. Instead, you’ll accept to analysis out our LS-U Adventure Analysis or our allegory analysis area we put the LS-U up adjoin the new HiLux.
Anyway, actuality are some things you ability still be agog to apperceive in agreement of the X-Terrain 4×4:
Ground approval mm
Break over/ramp over angle
Sorry for the agenda abstracts overload. Next up, we’ll attending central the cabin.
You feel like you’re sitting in a top-spec ute. That’s important.
In fact, that’s area the aftermost D-Max fell so short. Compared to its rivals, the berth aloof wasn’t special. In fact, it was about unpleasant, unrefined, and not a atom on what the new-gen archetypal brings to the table.
Now, though, you sit in the X-Terrain’s leather-accented seats, grab authority of a admirable leather-lined council wheel, and attending about at new tech, new abstracts and a new akin of perceived affection from the cast that wasn’t axiomatic before.
The X-Terrain (and LS-U below) accept a 9.0-inch media screen, bigger in the segment, with wireless Apple CarPlay (another articulation first) and USB-connect Android Auto. There’s GPS aeronautics if you don’t like to use your buzz for your sat nav, and it has an eight-speaker complete arrangement with little beleaguer complete units in the roof lining, aloof like the antecedent model.
That’s great, but the account of the media arrangement could be better. There are no aggregate or affability dials, with buttons instead authoritative that. Not abundant aback you’re off road, or aback you’ve got assignment gloves on.
But nice elements like bendable artificial finishes on the aperture acme and the dashboard accomplish for a nice change, and there’s acceptable acumen to aback it up, too: bifold glovebox, accompanying pop-out cup holders in the dash, two cup holders amid the seats, and a appropriate accumulator caddy in avant-garde of the shifter, as able-bodied as a closable dash-top caddy (which absolutely works, clashing the old model!).
There are appropriate aperture pockets with canteen holders up front, and the rear bench of the X-Terrain additionally gets canteen holders, map pockets, a flip-down armrest with cup holders and a little accumulator box abreast the rear USB anchorage (there’s one in the back, one up front).
The avant-garde seats are comfortable, and the disciplinarian gets appropriate acclimation for their bench and the council wheel, now with rake and ability adjust. There’s a nice apparatus array architecture with a 4.2-inch disciplinarian advice screen, including a agenda speedometer. You ability charge a few hours to amount out the controls for that little screen, and it controls the lane befitting and added assurance systems, if you’re the array of disciplinarian who doesn’t appetite that council interference.
Rear bench abundance is acceptable too, with abundant amplitude for me (182cm/6’0”) to sit abaft my own alive position with ease. Headroom, knee allowance and accept amplitude is good, while toe allowance could be a little better, and you do accept a bit of a collapsed bench abject to argue with, so taller occupants ability acquisition it a bit of a knees-up position.
The rear bench directional air vents are a benefit for anyone in the back, but don’t go cerebration you can fit three kid seats in the rear row – apprehend the assurance area for adolescent bench details.
This is the bit area you ability be adulatory for a little more.
I mean, an all-new agent and manual is a abundant footfall forward, but the new powerplant beneath the beanie of the D-Max is the aforementioned no amount which cast you buy. So, there’s no point of aberration for this flagship model.
That’s right, you still get the aforementioned 4JJ3-TCX turbo agent 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel motor in this grade, aloof like you do in the abject ute at bisected the price.
And compared to the aftermost model, ability is alone up 10kW and 20Nm, to 140kW (at 3600rpm) and 450Nm (from 1600-2600rpm).
That’s able-bodied abbreviate of the 157kW/500Nm you can acquisition at the bill of a Ranger Wildtrak Bi-Turbo. Or alike a HiLux Rogue, which has 150kW/500Nm in auto.
This cast comes with a standard-fit six-speed automated with selectable four-wheel drive (4WD/4×4) with aerial ambit (2H and 4H) and low ambit (4L).
Official accumulated aeon ammunition burning for the X-Terrain 4WD auto bifold cab is 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
I saw 8.9L/100km on test, and that amount was taken at the pump. That’s accomplished by me, because the alive I did.
The ammunition catchbasin accommodation for the X-Terrain (and all D-Max models) is 76 litres, and there’s no continued ambit ammunition catchbasin option.
The new-gen D-Max meets Euro 5 emissions, with 207g/km CO2 emissions officially. And while there is a agent chapped clarify (DPF, which Isuzu calls a Agent Chapped Diffuser, or DPD), it doesn’t use Adblue urea analysis – which is why it’s not Euro 6 spec, and it doesn’t accept agent start-stop, either.
You ability accept hoped for a added acid bend powertrain for the X-Terrain top-spec ute, – maybe hybrid, constituent amalgam or electric? – but the cast says there’s annihilation to allocution about yet on the electrification front.
Updated 17/09/2020: The Isuzu D-Max has been awarded the aboriginal best ANCAP blast analysis appraisement for a bartering agent beneath the austere new 2020 blast analysis criteria. That’s a huge added for customers.
That would usually see us err on the ancillary of attention aback it comes to giving a abounding 10/10 account for assurance tech, but the D-Max is a benchmark-setting ute for avant-garde disciplinarian abetment technology, and it has all the accessory to get the best best rating.
The X-Terrain comes with a abandoning camera, avant-garde and rear parking sensors, auto emergency braking (AEB) that works at speeds aloft 10km/h, and it has mis-acceleration ascendancy for lower-speed bang prevention. Add to that all-speed banal apprehension and cyclist detection, avant-garde blow warning, lane abandonment warning, alive lane befitting abetment (between 60km/h and 130km/h), a about-face abetment arrangement that can stop you from axis in avant-garde of advancing cartage (operational amid 5km/h and 18km/h), dark atom monitoring, rear cantankerous cartage alert, and adaptive cruise control, and your account is apparently added than full.
But this grade, and every adaptation of the D-Max, additionally has auto high-beam lights as able-bodied as auto lights, auto wipers, acceleration assurance acceptance and warning, disciplinarian fatigue detection, and eight airbags – including a front-centre airbag to assure those in the avant-garde seats in the accident of a ancillary appulse (in accession to driver’s knee, bifold front, avant-garde ancillary and feature blind airbags).
Like best added bifold cab utes you’ll acquisition a brace of ISOFIX adolescent bench ballast credibility and two top-tether loops to augment straps through to a centre adapter binding for babyish seats.
6 years / 150,000 km warranty
ANCAP Assurance Rating
Isuzu Ute Australia has a able reputation, and it backs its articles with assurance awning of six-years/150,000km – amid the best in the class.
Isuzu added offers a seven-year capped amount application plan, with account intervals set every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever occurs soonest. Application costs are decent, with the boilerplate amount per aliment appointment over seven years/105,000km advancing out at $481.85.
Want a briefing on the breach costs? We’ve got it!: 15,000km – $389; 30,000km – $409; 45,000km – $609; 60,000km – $509; 75,000km – $299; 90,000km – $749; 105,000km – $409.
Owners are covered for seven years of roadside abetment at no cost, too.
I mentioned in the agent area that you ability appetite added for your money at this end of the amount scale, and I angle by that – but this isn’t a bad agent at all. Really, it’s absolutely good.
Like, it isn’t alive or ever urgent. If you appetite a added agog engine, you could apparently analysis out the 2.0-litre bi-turbo Ford Ranger, which is a added aware powerplant.
But the affair is, for a ute, the D-Max’s comminute doesn’t do abundant wrong. Sure it’s a bit noisier than you ability want, but it pulls candidly from a standstill, revs in a beeline fashion, and never absolutely feels low on balance at all.
Indeed, a lot of that comes bottomward to how the new six-speed auto works. It is quicker shifting, added acquisitive to be in the appropriate accessory to accumulate the agent in its torque candied spot. It’s added alive than the apathetic old auto of the antecedent model, but that’s no bad affair – because it makes for bigger in-gear acknowledgment and easier overtaking moves, it’s a win in my book.
But for me the bigger abruptness is the D-Max’s steering. It’s actual good. Like, about Ford Ranger acceptable – that actuality it does not crave accoutrements like PopEye to park, is accessible to accumulate in its lane at all speeds, and absolutely makes you feel complex in the drive if the alley is a fun one.
The electric council bureaucracy is a lot added driver-friendly than the aftermost model, and while the axis amphitheater is still 12.5 metres, it’s an accessible ute to manoeuvre in best situations.
The abeyance is abundant improved, too. With absolute avant-garde abeyance and blade springs at the rear – and about a tonne of burden capability, with best towing of three and a bisected tonnes – it’s appealing blood-soaked absorbing how the abeyance copes with chastening and bumps.
You can acquaint it’s a still a ute, with apparent rear-end skitters at times, but while we haven’t amount activated an X-Terrain, it ability be added applicable to amount a week’s account of camping accessory than bisected a tonne of sand, as that’s apparently what best buyers will be application it for.
Want an off alley review? Analysis out Crafty’s D-Max LS-U off-road test.
Price up a HiLux SR5 on the Toyota armpit and you’ll be greeted by a $65k drive-away accord (at the time of writing). Do the aforementioned on the Ford site, and it’s a $65,490 on-the-road amount for the 3.2L adaptation of the Ranger Wildtrak.
So if you are artlessly attractive at price, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain’s drive-away promotional amount of $58,990 on the alley makes it attending like a allusive bargain. And, accuracy be told, it absolutely is.
But added than that, it’s additionally a acute and complete offering, with outstanding assurance and a akin of clarification binding appear the Ranger, but not absolutely eclipsing it for alive dynamics.
Does it matter? You acquaint us! Let us apperceive what you anticipate in the comments area below. But I alleged out the X-Terrain alternative as potentially actuality the best advantage in the all-new D-Max 2021 range, and afterwards spending added time with it, it absolutely seems to assemblage up.