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Back Vehicle News Isuzu All-New Isuzu D-Max Has Landed
20 Jun 2012

All-New Isuzu D-Max Has Landed Featured

The much-anticipated All-New Isuzu D-MAX has arrived on Australian shores.

Available from Monday 2 July in five specification levels and three body configurations – with a new ‘Space’ cab body configuration featuring rear ‘Wing’ doors joining the single and crew cab variants – the All-New Isuzu D-MAX builds on its reputation of reliability and economy with new levels of performance, safety and comfort across the entire range.

The All-New Isuzu D-MAX continues to harness ‘The Spirit of Truck’ in its design and remains the only Ute produced by a commercial vehicle manufacturer. Over 4,000,000km of testing (100 times around the Earth!) was conducted in the development of the All-New D-MAX to ensure our customer’s expectations are exceeded.

All-New Comfort
From the entry-level Isuzu D-MAX 4x2 SX single cab through to the top-of-the-line 4x4 LS-Terrain crew cab, the All-New D-MAX offers a generous complement of standard equipment, including air conditioning with a fine-particle pollen filter and a new audio system with iPod® and Bluetooth® connectivity. Various models in our range also see the introduction of Isuzu’s new ‘Sky Sound’ roof-mounted surround sound system, and our new LS-Terrain boasts a touchscreen multimedia and navigation system that features 10,000 off-road destinations for the adventurous explorer.

An overall extension of the chassis has also allowed for a larger cabin interior across the range, further improving driver and passenger comfort levels, while newly-designed wider door arches and A-pillar assist grips make access even easier. A new seat design with ‘wrap-around’ bolsters provide increased shoulder, back and base support  delivering more comfort for occupants.

All-New Safety
In addition to an upgrade in the comfort stakes, the entire D-MAX range now also comes equipped with a host of added safety benefits, including 4-channel 4-sensor Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Brake Assist (BA), along with six (6) airbags (dual front, curtain and side). A high-strength tailor blank welded passenger safety cell also increases occupant safety.

The new Brake Assist and Anti-lock Brake Systems are designed to detect an emergency braking situation during hard application of the brakes. These systems work in unison to slow the vehicle without locking up the wheels and aiding stability. Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) further assists by detecting the payload weight and modulating the rear breaking force to compensate, giving the driver more control regardless of the load weight and road conditions.

Further enhancing driver safety is a new collapsible steering column and brake pedal, while pedestrian safety has been improved with an impact absorbing bonnet design, recessed fog lamps and shatter-resistant polycarbonate headlamp covers.

New rear LED brake lights are also standard on the Isuzu D-MAX LS models, as are projector lens headlights, while our top-line LS-Terrain also features the added piece of mind of a reversing camera.

All-New Performance
Performance upgrades haven’t been ignored either, with the All-New D-MAX range powered by a new highly refined fuel efficient 3.0litre turbo common rail diesel engine. This advanced Euro4-compliant unit generates 130kW and a peak torque output of 380Nm at 1800rpm. The torque is delivered across a flat curve through a large majority of the rev-range to aid drivability and make ease of towing. The All-New Isuzu D-MAX also introduces a new “Terrain Command” 4WD select dial, allowing the driver to adjust between two-and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h.

Mated to a newly-developed five-speed ‘Rev-Tronic’ automatic transmission with sequential sports mode, the all-new auto box is electronically controlled by the transmission control module (TCM) and features an adaptive-learning function which constantly monitors brake and throttle applications. This allows the transmission to automatically select the most appropriate shift points and lock-up points depending on the driver’s behaviour, the vehicle speed and the vehicle load. The auto also has ‘Hill Descent’ and ‘Hill-Ascent’ modes.

A new five-speed manual transmission is also available. It features a revised gear-lever pivot point, reducing gear-lever travel when changing gears giving a sportier feel.

All-New Styling
Sporting all-new exterior styling, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX has further improved fuel efficiency and performance after months of wind tunnel testing at the Japan Railway Technical Research Institute where the Shinkansen (Bullet train) is developed. Advanced refinement in the wind tunnel of Italian auto design house Pininfarina – which is usually reserved for the likes of Ferrari and Maserati – has ensured the All-New D-MAX is the most aerodynamic yet with record low Cd (drag coefficiency) figures.  This development has also realised an improvement in cabin noise levels.

Modern and sleek exterior lines compliment the new bulkier and aggressive on-road stance, with the larger exterior dimensions affording a considerable increase in interior space, further raising occupant comfort levels and improving the rear seat access in crew and space cab models.

All-New Chassis
A newly developed ladder frame chassis in the All-New D-MAX builds on the engineering successes of the class leading platform. Dubbed the “i-GRIP” (Isuzu Gravity Response Intelligent Platform), it features a stiffer design with improved cross bracing at the rear, further improving stability while both loaded and while towing. It also ensures long term durability when exposed to harsh driving environments.

This new chassis design also provides excellent vehicle stability because of an extended wheelbase, wider wheel tracks and optimal engine installation just behind the front wheels - allowing for optimal weight distribution. The i-GRIP chassis has improved strength and rigidity by 42% over its predecessor thanks to an increased side rail cross-section and the addition of ‘cross member to chassis rail’ braces.  An increased length wheel base from the current model’s body of 3050mm to 3095mm is now standard across the entire vehicle range.

All-New Suspension
Ride and handling of the All-New Isuzu D-MAX has also been improved with a newly developed “Flex-Ride” suspension geometry. Independent double wish-bone with coil springs and gas shock absorbers guarantee superior front end grip and steering control, while the rear suspension consists of long span leaf-springs (under-slung 4x2 models – over-slung 4x4 models) resulting in excellent power down and stability under every road condition with or without loading the vehicle, and of course a smooth and comfortable ride at every speed level.

As well as being the most comprehensively developed, most efficient and most refined Isuzu Ute ever produced, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX is also the highly capable load-lugging workhorse you’ve come to expect: 4x4 models have a 3.0tonne (braked) towing capacity and a load capacity of approximately  1,000kg across the range.

Isuzu UTE Australia expects its all-new Ute to build on the remarkable success of its predecessor.

Technical Specifications





Isuzu 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power


3.0 litre turbo-diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve

Maximum torque

380 Nm @ 1800→3000 rpm (manual)
380 Nm @ 1800→2800 rpm (automatic)

Maximum power

130 kW @ 3600 rpm

Bore x stroke

95.4 mm x 104.9 mm


2999 cc

Compression ratio

17.3 : 1

Cylinder head

Isuzu-patent special aluminium alloy with double-walled water jacketing

Valve gear

Chain-driven dual overhead camshafts, roller rockers, 4 valves/cylinder


Electronic high pressure common rail direct fuel injection with Variable Swirl
System (VSS) and intercooled Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger

Cylinder block

Cast iron upper with induction-hardened cylinder bores, cast alloy lower;
Special pistons with nickel composite oil rings

Emission level

Euro 4


90 amp



Isuzu MUX 5-speed manual with high torque capacity and output reduction 265mm diameter clutch plate


Aisin AW TB50-LS 5-speed with sequential shift and brake shift lock electronically controlled, tri-mode with Adaptive Grade Logic Control and fuel-saving lock-up torque converter on gears 2, 3, 4 & 5
Adaptive Grade Logic Control: holds gear 3 in varied-gradient ascents, selects 3 on steep descents to hold speed w/engine braking
Hill-ascent and Hill-descent control

Ratios: 1:



























Final drive


SX 3.416




LX 3.727






Snorkelled diff breathers to increase fording depth and reduce mud blockage

Transfer Gearing

4x4 low range




4x4 high range



4x4 system

"Terrain Command" control with 'shift on the fly' 4H↔2WD selection
up to 100km/h

Drivetrain system

Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
on all model variants


Frame Separate, full-length heavy-duty truck chassis with 7 cross members

Suspension – Front

4x2 SX Low-Ride model (manual): Independent, coil springs, gas shock
absorbers, upper and lower wishbones, stabiliser bar
4x2 High-Ride & 4x4 models: Independent, high ride, coil springs,
gas shock absorbers, upper and lower wishbones, stabilizer bar

Suspension –Rear

4x2 SX Low-Ride model (manual): Alloy-steel underslung semi-elliptic leaf
springs, heavy-duty on cab/chassis; gas shock absorbers
4x2 High-Ride & 4x4 models: Alloy-steel overslung long-span semi-elliptic
leaf springs, heavy-duty on cab/chassis and LS-M; gas shock absorbers



Independent. 4x4: fully floating with outer CV and inner double offset joints.
Equal length driveshafts. Ratings: Low-Ride: 1250kg; High-Ride: 1350kg


Rigid semi-floating banjo with hypoid final drive. Dual tapered needle roller bearings. Rating: 1870kg


Engine-speed-sensitive variable capacity power-assisted rack & pinion system; 3.2 turns lock-to-lock via tilt-adjustable steering wheel (N/A on EX)


Power-assisted via 10.5" servo unit; 300mm ventilated front discs with 2-piston calipers (280mm on 4x2 SX Single Cab Chassis and Low-Ride); 295mm rear drums
Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
Central pull up park brake

Wheels & Tyres

4x2 SX manual 15"x 6.5" drilled silver-finish steel; 215 / 70 R15 HT
4x2 SX auto 16"x 7" drilled silver-finish steel; 245 / 70 R16 AT
4x2 LS 17"x 7" alloy; 255 / 65 R17 HT
4x4 EX, SX 16"x 7" drilled silver-finish steel; 245 / 70 R16 AT
4x4 LS-M 16"x 7" alloy; 245 / 70 R16 AT
4x4 LS-U 17"x 7" alloy; 255 / 65 R17 HT
(Full size spare wheel on all model variants)


3 years or 100,000km, whichever occurs first

Our Utes weren’t built in a day

The origin of Isuzu’s D-MAX Ute can be traced back to the Isuzu WASP in 1963, which was produced under the initiative to build a car that looked like a passenger vehicle but functioned as a truck.

Over the next 40 years, backed by record sales, Isuzu Utes were exported to North America, South Africa, Australia and other markets around the world, where to this day, over two million people depend on the strength, reliability and economy of Isuzu Utes.

Founded in 1916, Isuzu Motors has the longest history of any Japanese vehicle manufacturer and is one of the world's largest producers of commercial vehicles spanning light, medium and heavy weight classes.

Isuzu Motors is also one of the world's largest commercial diesel engine manufacturers, producing over 22 million engines to date. Isuzu diesel engines are preferred by top-level automobile manufacturers around the world for their superior performance and exceptional fuel economy.

Isuzu’s high quality diesel engines are not only used in road transport applications, but also as stationary power plants for power generation and for marine propulsion applications.








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