This year, IPC is shelving its 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TC engine in favor of the 2.5-liter 4JK-1 TC engine which is now fitted across the D-Max line. The high-end LS variant and standard LT 4x4 variant will how have a high-output version of the engine fitted with a new Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger to complement the Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi) technology. It packs a maximum output of 136 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 320 Nm from 1,800 to 2,800 rpm.
“The new model with the 2.5-liter engine gives the D-Max better performance and stronger torque as compared to the previous models. Ideally better torque equates to improved performance, even on uneven roads,” says IPC President Nobuo Izumina.
Combining this new drivetrain, IPC is also upgrading the D-Max LS’s list of standard features. It now comes with a newly designed projector headlamps, LED combination rear lamps, custom bed liner, and a reverse sensor system.
Inside, it gets a new 2-DIN audio-visual entertainment system with built-in navigation, a dark gray interior trim, and leather seats to provide a more relaxing experience.
Also new for 2015 is the LT-X variant which bridges the gap between the utilitarian LT (Light Truck) and LS (Life Style) variants. The LT-X is easily distinguishable with its standard custom bed liner and 15-inch alloy wheels fitted with 215/70R15 tires. Inside, it gets the same 2-DIN AV-system as the LS variants as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
“The 2015 Isuzu D-MAX has what a typical pick-up user would want in his/her truck. It is proven to show its top performance in whatever terrain – whether on or off road,” says Mr. Izumina. “Our new Isuzu D-MAX LT-X variant is fit not just to withstand the usual capabilities of the current pick-up trucks in the market but to go beyond the borders of stereotypes.”
Marking its launch, IPC has introduced a new tagline for the 2015 D-Max: “All You Need”, referring to its core values of reliability, durability, safety, and fuel efficiency. IPC also says that the new D-Max is clearly the result of close collaboration between the carmaker and its customers.
Adding to the D-Max’s milestone this year is that it passes the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or NCAP with flying colors and bags a 4-star rating in both the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and Child Occupant Protection (COP) categories. It’s also awarded with the Best Child Occupant Protection Award by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP). Aside from the reverse parking sensors, the 2015 D-Max features dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
“With the recent 4-star ratings that we received from the ASEAN NCAP, the D-MAX is now not just durable and dependable, it is also certified a safe ride for its passengers,” says Mr. Izumina.
Trying to remain competitive in the market, IPC is announcing the availability of eight variants now available at all Isuzu dealerships nationwide:
- Cab & Chassis – P 712,000
- LT M/T – P 872,000
- LT-X M/T – P 935,000
- LT M/T 4x4 – P 1,178,000
- LS M/T 4x2 – P 1,154,000
- LS A/T 4x2 – P 1,206,000
- LS M/T 4x4 – P 1,428,000
- LS A/T 4x4 – P 1,487,000