The 2022 Isuzu D-Max could be one of the hottest models in the market in the foreseeable future. The company joined forces with another Japanese truckmaker, Mazda. D-Max and BT50 will share the new platform, a fresh source of power, as well as some advanced multimedia features. The combination of Isuzu architecture and Mazda’s design solutions seems to be the best mix.
The truck not only needs to maintain the current reputation but to upgrade it. The competition is scary with Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, and Nissan Navara being the best-selling pickups. Probably the largest market outside the US is Australia, where these vehicles are called utes. Capabilities are on big tests in the Australian outskirts.
What Will 2022 Isuzu D-Max Look Like?
Our first impression after looking at the new 2022 Isuzu D-Max pickup can be described as pure delight. Unlike the outgoing, rather naked model, which showed its best features in the areas that characterize working machines, the newcomer promises to be a vehicle with more advanced styling and features. The latest photos published by the Japanese manufacturer show the next-generation ute, which was developed from scratch. As the all-new model, it became larger in every direction. The D-Max will now offer more space inside the cockpit, while the bed provides more room for items.
Some variants of the new 2022 Isuzu D-Max have the option of remote engine start. Smart functions also open the possibility of heating or cooling the passenger cabin before you enter the vehicle. The air conditioner is a two-zone system with micro-climatic conditions. Ventilation openings have been added to maintain the desired temperature in the area around passengers at rear seats.
Advanced Accessories and New Features
In addition, the D-Max ute will also be available with an ultra-violet-reflecting front windscreen. Plus, higher trim levels will offer water sprinklers integrated into the wiper blades, in order to avoid unwanted wetting of the body parts of your own or even someone else’s ride. Furthermore, the factory-installed parking sensors have four smaller units on each side of the vehicle. These sensors are built into bumpers. Additional sensors can be purchased through special packages. These will allow autonomous parking, which means that the steering system is redirected from hydraulic to electric. That’s why the rear bumper now has a more integrated design.
In a short video presentation held for the media in Thailand, it could be noticed that the new 2022 Isuzu D-Max will also offer customers an advanced driver assistance system. The collision prevention feature stands out. There are also vehicle detection and blind spot monitoring. Although autonomous braking in critical situations is not emphasized through promotional materials, it is expected to be incorporated into the vehicle when it arrives in European showrooms, primarily due to regulations that will soon come into force on the Old Continent.
Under the hood of the 2022 Isuzu D-Max, you will find a surprise. A new 3.0-liter turbodiesel is something that will definitely draw the attention and make buyers go for this truck. Engineers tuned it to 140 kW (187 hp) and 450 Nm (330 pound-feet) of torque. These are great results. An oil-burner promises that D-Max will be more than competitive in the market. The same engine will be available for the upcoming Mazda BT50.
Nissan Navara comes with the same outputs, while you can get more power from Ford Ranger (2.2TT 157 kW/210 hp). Holden Colorado was one of the best utes in Australia, but the GM subsidiary discontinued production of the pickup. The D-Max is now more potent than Toyota HiLux and Mitsubishi Triton. Isuzu also promised improvements in the 4×4 system. The rear locking differential is the key upgrade and it hides the secret of success. It will be probably one of the main upgrades for the 2022 Isuzu D-Max. Alongside the differential, buyers are also getting the limited-slip system. It seems the ute is ready for some off-road adventures.
2022 Isuzu D-Max Release Date
The new 2022 Isuzu D-Max is already presented, but its release is postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The vehicle was supposed to arrive to Pacific Asia first. The most details are provided by Isuzu Thailand. That is where the truck should arrive first. Then, experts believe Australia is the next destination. The 2022 Isuzu D-Max is coming to Europe with some upgrades and specific trim levels. We will see what is happening with the engine lineup and if there will be a petrol unit available, or even a hybrid system, according to some rumors.