New models and upgrades heralded for popular D-Max ute

Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has announced a stronger presence for its D-Max one-tonne ute, with new variants, a new engine option and customer-driven upgrades slated for introduction with the upcoming 2022 (22MY) range.

Due to arrive in IUA dealerships in the first-quarter of 2022, the updated range is, according to IUA, its most comprehensive starting lineup to date – introducing updates based on feedback received from customers and the media over the past year.

“Preliminary specifications of the 2022 D-Max range are incredibly exciting; with a new engine, new models and updates fast-tracked to meet Australian customer demand,” said Isuzu UTE Australia Managing Director, Hiroyasu Sato.

“It’s the feedback from our customers that has been the driving force in introducing these updates, and we are proud to expand on the proven D-Max recipe that has solidified its place in many Australian driveways,” said Sato San.

Starting the range, the SX grade adds three new variants: SX Space Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto, powered by the existing 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine; and two SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 variants.

These two feature as standard Isuzu’s new-to-Australia RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Generating 110kW of power and a generous 350Nm of torque, the RZ4E-TC has reportedly earned its stripes in overseas markets for its supreme fuel efficiency and quiet, refined operation.

Braked towing capacities of the RZ4E-powered SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Manual and Auto are 2,800kg and 3,000kg respectively.

Both are available with a 2,550mm-long tray constructed of either alloy or steel.

The 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine boasting 140kW and 450Nm is optional in SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 units and standard in all other D-Max variants.

For those requiring more cabin space, the new SX Space Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto joins the 22MY range. Powered by the 3.0-litre engine, it features rear wing cabin doors and a 2,100mm-long alloy or steel tray.

Developed on feedback from customers, IUA is set to add two new mid-spec variants to the 2022 starting roster.

Available in the crew cab chassis configuration, the LS-M Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto and LS-U Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 Auto are both powered by the proven 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine with 4×4 Terrain Command and rear diff-lock, and feature a 1,800mm-long alloy or steel tray.

Noted for its versatility, high payload capacity and touring and towing credentials, the LS-M Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 and LS-U Crew Cab Chassis 4×4 are said to be ideally suited to those wanting a tray-back crew cab chassis to carry gear and tools or to outfit with a canopy.

The sixth new addition to the range is the new LS-U+ Crew Cab 4×4 Auto.

Slotting neatly between the flagship X-TERRAIN and LS-U, the LS-U+ adds class and luxury by way of a sumptuous leather-accented interior with variably heated front seats, with the driver’s pew featuring eight-way electric adjustment including lumbar support.

Other LS-U+ features include smart keyless entry, factory-fitted tow bar receiver and tub liner, auto dimming mirror and heated exterior mirrors.

IUA is offering a Price Protection Guarantee on all existing 21MY D-Max orders taken up until the end of July this year. The company stated that unfulfilled 21MY orders may be upgraded to 22MY spec at no additional charge.