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.
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.
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.
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The superseded D-Max has a poor three-star rating while much of its competition has four stars.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