Isuzu’s new D-Max ute is on the way with plenty of tinsel in the lead up to Christmas.

There’s a new grille, new colours, new-look wheels, new trim inside and gas struts to make
opening and closing the tailgate easier.

The new grille is finished in two-tone black on the SX, two-tone black and grey on the LS-
M, two-tone grey and chrome on the LS-U and LS-U+, and two-tone dark grey on the X-

Following the design trend, the LED rear combination lights are also trimmed in dark grey
metallic, rather than chrome.

Engineers have also simplified the towing setup process by automatically disabling Blind
Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert when a trailer is hitched and detected via the
genuine trailer wiring harness.

Isuzu describes the update as the most significant since the current model was launched
in late-2020.

Most of the changes have been driven by customer feedback.

“This is the most significant update to the Isuzu D-MAX range since debut-with each
model set to receive a bolder design aesthetic, new features, and three new models
added-giving Customers more choice,” Isuzu UTE’s Hiroyasu Sato said.

“In a market where some brands have removed features to meet delivery timeframes,
we’ve listened to the feedback from customers and the media and have introduced new
features to keep the Isuzu D-MAX towards the top of the segment; features that appeal to
the modern ute driver, and the towing and touring adventurer.”

Isuzu has also extended its smaller 1.9-litre diesel to three more workhorse variants: SX
Crew Cab Chassis 4×2 Automatic, SX Crew Cab Ute 4×2 Automatic and SX Crew Cab Ute
4×4 Automatic.

The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine remains available in all grades and body styles, offering
140kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

With more families turning to utes as default dual-purpose family vehicles, the SX Crew
Cab Ute and Crew Cab Chassis both receive an additional 2.1A USB port in the second
row for charging mobile and tablet devices.

The new 23MY D-Max range will be available from December at the same price as the
current range, with the exception of the three new models.

The range topping X-Terrain is still $64,990 driveaway.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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