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.