New Isuzu D-Max Coming This Year With Redesigned Exterior, Roomier Cabins (Updated)

Update 1/28/2019 – We’ve snagged a fresh round of photos of the new Isuzu D-Max prototype under slightly better lighting conditions, as it continues its rigorous winter testing.

The second-generation Isuzu D-Max mid-size pickup has been around since 2012 so it’s time for an all-new model to make its appearance.

Our photographers spotted the third-generation D-Max as it tried to hide in the darkness of the Scandinavian night. It obviously failed, leading to the first sighting of a 2020 D-Max test prototype. Although it was covered entirely in black camouflage, it’s pretty clear we’re dealing with a major design overhaul.

One can spot plenty of changes at the front, the rear, and the cabin. First of all, the front grille looks much bigger than on the current model for a more imposing appearance. Then we have a new pair of headlights with integrated LED DRLs and a fresh signature. At the rear, the taillights retain their vertical orientation but gain new graphics as well. The bumper is revised as well with a more rugged design.

Roomier cabins with more upscale materials and improved comfort

As for the cabin, while the overall appearance looks similar to the current D-Max, a closer look reveals that the rear doors are longer, hinting at a more spacious interior for rear passengers. Overall, the new D-Max looks more muscular than before. You can’t go wrong with that when designing a pickup, can you?

Our photographers couldn’t get a look at the cabin which is a pity since Isuzu is expected to give the interior a massive overhaul, with more upscale materials and new technology. Improvements will be made in the area of ride quality so that passengers can enjoy a more comfortable ambiance even if they’re in a commercial vehicle.

161hp 1.9-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel should carry over unchanged

The 2020 D-Max should continue offering three different cabs (single, extended, and double cab) and three bed sizes. In Europe, the third-generation Isuzu D-Max is expected to stick with the 1.9-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel introduced in 2017 that makes 163 PS (161 hp) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque. The engine will continue to be available with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions and standard four-wheel drive with low range.

In Asian markets, South Africa, and Australia, the 2020 D-Max will continue with the 3.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel which may get a power update. The all-new D-Max should have its world debut sometime this year. Interestingly, this model will also provide the basis for Mazda’s new BT-50, according to an agreement signed in 2016.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Zandit75

    This actually looks promising. Well proportioned.

  • There’s nothing radical i see and that’s a good thing. Isuzu makes good bakkies and i’m looking forward to this new one!

    • mm ds


      Isuzu makes more tougher of its features………..or whatever among of its other competitors

  • S3XY


  • Benjamin B.

    Interesting that Isuzu uses a sub 2L engine in order to sell its pickup truck in a lower tax/insurance class. Never really knew of 1.9L engines, but it makes sense for other markets that tax displacement. The USDM Chevrolet Colorado (Holden) uses a 3.6L Petrol V6 that would put the D-Max into a luxury car class in other markets.

    • Matt

      Other markets are not interested in large-displacement petrol ‘utes’, diesel is king in this sector. Isuzu and GM are no longer collaborating so no chance of Isuzu getting that 3.6 anyway.

  • BGM

    So a brand that went out of business because nobody bought it is making a comeback… Good luck…

    • Zandit75

      Went out of business? They’ve been going it on their own for several years now in Australia, producing reliable, and well priced SUV’s and 4×4’s that hold their own against Hilux, Colorado, Triton etc etc. Sure, they are not a class leader, but they sell extremely well for a company that only builds two vehicles.
      Now that they have teamed up with Mazda for this next generation of D-Max after splitting from GM, it will be very interesting to see what they produce.

      • BGM

        They haven’t been seen in the US for about, what?, 10+ years? And thankfully so as their offerings were awful. I didn’t know they continued to exist elsewhere. If they plan on bringing this pick up here they better think again: it would be the same as trying to revive Oldsmobile.

        • Zandit75

          More than likely, it won’t be sold in the US, same as most mid sized pickups except where some companies have the factories to build them in the US to avoid the chicken tax. These are built in Thailand next door to the Ranger, Hilux, Global version of the Colorado Navarra etc.
          Put it this way, Isuzu sold enough units to secure 7.1% of the Australian overall car sales for 2018, and that doesn’t include light trucks, only the D-Max ute and MUX 7 seater SUV!!!
          They may not be as luxurious as some in their class, have as nice a ride as others, or have as many wizbang techno accessories, but they are damn near bullet proof, and very dependable.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        So a brand that went out of business because nobody bought it is making a comeback…
        They haven’t been seen in the US for about, what?, 10+ years?

        Ah! That’s why they went out of business!
        Did no one tell them?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      So a brand that went out of business because nobody bought it is making a comeback…
      They haven’t been seen in the US for about, what?, 10+ years?

      Ah! That’s why they went out of business!
      Did no one tell them this?

  • Zandit75

    Not impressed with the piddly little tow bar goose neck.
    Hopefully that is only for the lower capacity engine.
    It’s rated for 3500kgs towing capacity here in Australia with the 3l TD engine. No way that would be suitable for that kind of load.

  • Virender Mann

    Why why, why Isuzu wud not introduce 1.9ltr diesel, four wheel drive auto transmission with, diff lock… In India .? Why? ?

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