2017 Isuzu D-Max LS 4x4 A/T

With the pickup wars that have transpired over the past couple of years, our idea of what a pickup should be has radically evolved from simply a work horse to dynamic daily driver. We’ve seen them carry more potent engines, radically improve their ride and handling qualities, and boast of incredibly high-tech off-road and entertainment systems. Yet has this need to gentrify pickups dissolved their core values?

One of the more recent contenders in the ongoing pickup wars is the new Isuzu D-Max. This new model was launched just a few months after Isuzu offered its highly anticipated 3.0-liter Variable Geometry System (VGS) engine. It features a new façade, bearing a bigger grille that now creeps higher up on the hood with projector headlights stretching out of it like furrowed eyes. The new signal lamps remain on top while new daytime running lamps remain on in the lower corner. Foglamps are now framed by chrome accents. On the sides, new 18-inch six-spoke wheels give its profile some more presence. Behind, the tailgate cleverly integrates a spoiler while its tail lights are now LED. The truckbed already comes with a protective liner and a lockable tailgate.

Inside, the interior sports improvements as well. The most noticeable is in the electroluminescent instrument meter cluster. Its two bold dials sport a more attractive carbon-fiber weave background pattern. In between them is the new multi-info display that shows more trip details, with fuel economy readings moved higher up in the display. Manual transmission models will even receive a gear shift indicator advising drivers when to shift up for lower fuel consumption.

Over in the center is the new entertainment system. It fits more flushly into the dash and eliminates many of the buttons. Not to worry as it still retains touch-screen function. Like before it also has navigation functions and smart phone integration. Lower on the center stack is the climate control system that organizes all air con controls into a circular interface. The aircon system is pretty powerful and can cool the cabin very quickly even on hot days. Below that are more storage spaces and a power port. While it may only seat five, they can each have two drinks each and meals to go thanks to the ten cupholders and 15 storage compartments. Read more...

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06 Jan 2017

By Inigo S. Roces