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Isuzu D-Max

Published on 06.10.2021


Isuzu was founded in 1916, which makes it one of the oldest Japanese car manufacturers. The “Wasp” model was the first pick-up truck to roll off its production line in 1963.

In an effort to gain share in the highly competitive pick-up market, the Thai-produced 2021 Isuzu D-Max has undergone a 6-year development period and 4 million kilometres of testing. Pick-ups are also very popular in Luxembourg, especially in rural areas, because of their versatility.
Several options are available to the potential buyer: Single Cab, Space Cab and Double Cab, each with different equipment, with our V-Cross test vehicle being the luxury model. The interior is lush, with leather, piano lacquer and a 9-inch infotainment system with eight speakers. Cosmetically, the bodywork has been upgraded with a modern front end consisting of Bi-LED headlights and a bold grille. The V-Cross model’s fender flares and running boards are particularly eye-catching. Isuzu has also updated its driver assistance and safety features to reflect the latest technology, such as autonomous emergency braking and lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and hill descent control, which is extremely important for an off-road vehicle, with the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
The redesigned engine, which complies with the Euro 6b emissions standard thanks to AdBlue, is used to confidently handle the 3.5 tonne towing capacity. For demanding off-road driving, the D-Max features newly developed wheel suspensions: the front axle is equipped with wish-bones, while the rear has a robust rigid axle coupled with leaf-springs. This allows for a payload of over one tonne.

In water up to 80 cm deep 

Under acceleration, it soon becomes clear that the D-Max is by no means overpowered with its 164 HP, but the 360 Nm of torque is adequate for decent performance. Noise levels of the four-cylinder powertrain can hardly be described as unobtrusive. Considering its weight of almost 2 tonnes, the pick-up steers smoothly on the road, without wobbling, thanks to a sufficiently firm setting. However, we were especially impressed during our test on bumpy terrain; the chassis handles fast driving on rough ground without any problems. The company’s years of experience and investments in the new model are certainly evident here. On uneven surfaces with low grip, a differential lock can be activated electrically. The D-Max can cross waterways that are up to 80 cm deep.

Isuzu D-Max is a robust yet refined multi-purpose vehicle with impressive driving performance and state-of-the-art equipment. For family use and adventurers, for off-road driving or for use as a tow vehicle and utility vehicle, this pickup is equally at home in a number of different situations. As I said before, it’s multi-talented!

Technical data sheets:  

Power/torque  164 hp / 360 Nm  
Consumption 8.6 L / 100 km WLTP
CO2-emissions 237 g CO2 / km WLTP 
Range 926 km WLPT
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 0 - 100 km / h in 12.5 s
Base price €28,990  




  • Designed for everyday use
  • Multi-purpose vehicle
  • Ideal towing/utility vehicle
  • Off-road/rugged
  • Plastic in the interior
  • Engine noise insulation

Image source: © Isuzu


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