Isuzu Ute introduces value-packed D-Max SX

New D-Max SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 variants featuring the new RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine will be hitting Isuzu Ute Australia (IUA) dealerships in early January 2022.
Coming standard with a six-speed manual transmission, a six-speed automatic is available as an extra-cost option.

Making its debut in the Australian market, the 1.9-litre RZ4E-TC has reportedly earned its stripes in overseas markets for its supreme fuel efficiency and refined, quiet operation.

Generating 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, the six-speed manual version of the new 1.9-litre SX workhorse is said to return class-leading fuel economy of 7.0 litres/100km, as measured by ADR 81/02 combined cycle testing, and reportedly will be priced from $29,990 drive away.

CO2 emissions are 183g/km for the manual and 184g/km for the automatic.

Equipped with a 76-litre fuel tank, the new variants are said to be capable of travelling close to 1,000km between fuel-stops, depending on payload.

Engineered for the worksite, carrying capacity remains a strong suit for the RZ4E-powered SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2, with heavy-duty three-leaf rear suspension and a broad selection of 2,550mm x 1,777mm (Length x Width) alloy or steel tray options.

Payload capacity is 1,405kg for the manual version, while the auto can carry 1,380kg; braked towing capacity is 2,800kg with the manual and 3,000kg for the auto.

The two new SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 units are among six new variants to join the expanded 22MY Isuzu D-Max ute range, offering customers one of the widest selections of body styles, tray configurations and powertrain options in the Australian one-tonne ute segment.

Driven directly by feedback from Isuzu Ute customers, all 22MY D-MAX models now feature a new Lane Support System (LSS) switch, located on the steering wheel.

By pressing and holding the switch for two seconds, the driver can toggle all Lane Support Systems on or off, including Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), and Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK). Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) will still function even if the LKA is disabled via the switch.

The new LSS switch is coupled with Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS) and the latest in smart-phone connectivity with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.

Other work-friendly features of the base model SX 4×2 include a useful 235mm ground clearance, heavy-duty urethane steering wheel, gear knob, and handbrake, vinyl floor covering, cloth trim upholstery, power windows and mirrors, electric power steering and air-conditioning with rear air vents on Crew Cab models.

There’s also a 7” infotainment display with Voice Recognition, DAB+ radio, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, four-speakers, automatic wipers and automatic halogen headlights with automatic high beam control.

Completing the rugged repertoire is an Isuzu signature matt grey metallic front grille and sturdy 17” steel wheels shod with 255/65R17 Dunlop AT25 rubber.

IUA said its updated 2022 (22MY) Isuzu D-Max one-tonne ute range has received a host of updates and refinements based on feedback received from customers and the media over the past year.

Originally due to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2022, the bulk of the updated D-Max range will be available from 1 December 2021, with the entry-level 1.9-litre D-Max SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 arriving shortly after, in early-January 2022.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our updated 2022 D-Max range to our Australian customers earlier than initially forecast,” said Hiroyasu Sato, IUA Managing Director.

“Fast-tracking its availability ensures we get the improved product and a wider variety of options into the market sooner, which essentially helps to improve customer satisfaction – which has always been a priority for us.”

Sato San explained that an increased Gross Combination Mass of 6,000kg on 4×4 models and the expansion of the cab chassis range to include the LS-M and LS-U are all customer-centric developments.

In order to streamline the range to focus on customer needs, expectations and consumer trends, the SX Space Cab Ute 4×2 Auto and SX Crew Cab Ute 4×4 Manual have been discontinued for 2022.

In the aftersales service department, IUA’s comprehensive ownership care package program called Service Plus 6-7-7 encompasses a six year/150,000km warranty, seven years’ roadside assistance when serviced through IUA dealers and a seven-year Capped Price Servicing (CPS) program.

IUA said the 1.9L RZ4E-TC powered D-Max SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 is the most cost-effective variant in the range to maintain, with seven years’ worth of CPS totalling just $3,223.

The company said CPS over the same seven-year period totals a modest $3,513 for all other D-Max variants powered by the 3.0L 4JJ3-TCX engine – placing it among the most cost-effective utes to maintain.

Featuring additional standard kit, the updated 22MY D-Max range will launch with drive away pricing on two models: $29,990 for the RZ4E-TC powered SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 with manual transmission and $62,990 for the upgraded flagship D-Max X-Terrain.