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April 3, 2023

Isuzu PH Launching 2023 D-Max At Summer Music Festival

Mark your calendars: Isuzu Philippines will be launching the refreshed D-Max and it’s slated for April 21.

After quietly sliding in the revamped mu-X a few weeks back, the commercial vehicle leader will be making it a two-for-one event with the official Philippine launch of the 2023 D-Max as well on April 21 at the Isuzu Summer Music Festival. To be held from April 21 to 23 at the Alabang Town Center, it will bring the following artists in support of the new Isuzu vehicles: Yeng Constantino & Sam Concepcion on April 21 (5:45 PM), MYMP on April 22 (6 PM), and Barbie Almalbis on April 23 (6 PM).

Other highlights include exclusive on-site discounts, afternoon games, and an Isuzu Dog Show during the weekend.

Of course, for car enthusiasts, the main highlight is the arrival of the refreshed Isuzu models, particularly the D-Max.

Isuzu Philippines has kept official details of the changes under wraps as well, but a gander at the poster (see below), shows what it looks like.

The 2023 D-Max will gain updates first found in other countries, most notably the “Double Dimension” front grille. This integrates a two-tone design, in black chrome and gray, to give their pickup truck a sportier look. New 18-inch “Robust Radius” alloy wheels adds an even more aggressive tone to its look as well. These complement the other features found in the D-Max such as the bi-LED headlights, two-tone front bumper guard, integrated rear bumper, and “Dual Sonic” LED taillights. Like the mu-X, which introduced Norwegian Blue, the refreshed D-Max might get new colorways as well.

Inside, the refreshed D-Max, which is understood to be limited to the highest LS-E trim for now, will gain new seating material. The “CoolMax” helps reduce heat build up making it more comfortable even during midday drives. No confirmation yet, but Isuzu might also refresh the interior color scheme for 2023.

As for mechanical changes, don’t expect anything drastic. The 2023 D-Max will continue with the same 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX engine with 190 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. No news on whether it’ll get an Electronic Differential Lock for 2023, but off-road enthusiasts will surely hope so given its mechanical twin, the Mazda BT-50, has it as standard since it arrived last year.

The Smart Duo cam-based ADAS system will stay on giving the D-Max forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, pedal misapplication mitigation, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam. New for 2023 is a Turn Assist with AEB which will look out for on-coming traffic whenever the D-Max enters into an intersection (turn signal indicator turned on, speeds from 5 to 18 km/h). Additional safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, front and rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, stability control, hill start assist, and hill descent control.

Make sure you head to the Alabang Town Center from April 21 to 23 to check out the refreshed mu-X and D-Max.


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