Beyond a sighting in January this year, we haven’t seen much of Isuzu’s third-generation D-Max prototype.
At the time, the Japanese commercial vehicle specialist only released the four-door double cab version of the D-Max on Sweden’s snow-covered roads for winter testing. However, now we can also show you the more utilitarian two-door extended cab model.
Compared to the D-Max double cab, the extended cab has a longer bed but it still comes with a bench seat behind the front seats, making it the ideal compromise between the two-seat single cab version and the five-seat double cab.
Obviously, the key design cues are the same regardless of the cab version. Somehow, the proportions of this extended cab model seem to suit the D-Max better as the truck looks better with a longer bed — not to mention that it should haul more stuff too.
The exterior is still being kept hidden with black tape and some padding here and there but it’s not hard to imagine what the finished product will look like. The headlights are an evolution of those on the current model, as are the taillights and the bumpers. The grille appears much bigger and will most certainly give a bolder look to the front end.
Inside, Isuzu is expected to offer more upscale materials, new technology, and improved comfort levels.
As for the powertrain, expect the next-generation D-Max for Europe to stick with the 1.9-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel introduced in 2017. On the current D-Max, the unit makes 163 PS (161 hp) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque and is linked to either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions and standard four-wheel drive with low range.
In Asia, South Africa, and Australia, the upcoming D-Max should continue with the 3.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel which may get a power update. The 1.9-liter could be brought in some of these markets as well. The reveal of the all-new Isuzu D-Max is expected to take place later this year, with a launch following in 2020. Later on, Mazda’s version of the D-Max, the BT-50, will also be unveiled.