Isuzu too

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doesn’t have sat­nav; iPod and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity run through the range.

Ser­vice in­ter­vals are pushed out to 20,000km/an­nual and fixed-price ser­vic­ing is be­ing con­sid­ered.

TECH­NOL­OGY

While the Holden runs two diesels— 2.5 and 2.8 litres— Isuzu has re­fined the D-Max’s 3.0-litre diesel for more power (130kW, up from 120kW) and torque (380Nm, up from 333Nm). Fuel con­sump­tion is down from 9L/100km to 8.1L-8.3L, bet­ter than the Holden. It re­tains a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, but there’s also a su­per-smooth and re­spon­sive five-speed auto.

Holden has a six-speed auto. The ex­tra gear re­ally isn’t missed in the Isuzu.

DE­SIGN

The D-Max is longer, wider, big­ger inside, with a larger tray and more mus­cu­lar, flared guards— just like the Holden. But with that bold chrome grille and big door han­dles— all the bet­ter for tradies wear­ing gloves to op­er­ate— the D-Max seems more pur­pose­ful, ‘‘ a tool, not a toy’’, Hard­ing says.

Aero­dy­nam­ics have been im­proved for a qui­eter ride and bet­ter econ­omy. Beach an­glers and off-road­ers will wel­come the in­creased clear­ance and bet­ter ap­proach, de­par­ture and ramp-over an­gles.

SAFETY

There is no sched­ule yet for ANCAP test­ing, Isuzu be­lieves its new model will earn max­i­mum safety stars.

The su­per­seded D-Max has a poor three-star rat­ing while much of its com­pe­ti­tion has four stars. But with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and BHP Bil­li­ton

Few slips on dips: The D-Max’s trac­tion aid deals with steep sec­tions and low-range han­dles the soft go­ing

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