For a long time, Mazda and Ford worked together. Now, after nearly thirty years, the Japanese company broke an old and made a new partnership. Isuzu is one of the leading manufacturers in the truck market in Asia and two automotive companies will try to conquer the market together. Plans for the 2021 Isuzu D-Max are big. We’ll see if the upcoming changes can make it a more important factor on a wider market.
The 2021 Isuzu D-Max will get a pair of new engines. Specs are already announced for one, while the second choice is yet to be launched. Plus, the truck will be redesigned to gain a more muscular look and style. Inside the cabin we expect more features to make a ride and work more convenient and comfortable. All in all, the D-Max will be one of the pickups to watch in 2021.
New Engines for the 2021 Isuzu D-Max
The next-gen truck will start all over with a new lineup under the hood. The company already confirmed a 3.0-liter turbodiesel and its specs. The new unit is going to deliver 190 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Compared to its previous tuning, this is the gain of 10 ponies and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm). Furthermore, this output will make the 2021 Isuzu D-Max more eligible to fight against its opponents. Still, Ford Ranger is still ahead with 20 kW more coming from its diesel engine. Another good thing about the new mill is its cleaner nature, which definitely warms up stories about its possible arrival in the US market.
Another fresh source of power could be a 1.9-liter bi-turbo. We say maybe because the company chiefs only mentioned as the possibility. Fans are already taking it as a done deal. Be sure the upcoming unit is going to be better than the existing lineup. Currently, we can find a 2.2 and 3.2 displacements. The larger one is a way more popular, thanks to higher outputs. A V6 can make 200 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque.
The engine modifications are not the only new things we will see on the 2021 Isuzu D-Max. The truck is going to be modernized and more attractive to younger buyers. Well, the Japanese company plans the breakthrough to the European market. The fresh design will definitely help Isuzu in its mission. The new engine will also bring a better off-road performance. Again, this is not all about the powertrain, but also other upgrades, such as skid plates, lifted suspension, and all-terrain tires.
First details are unveiling a richer interior with large screens and fully-digital dash. Plus, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered as optional services, together with navigation. Still, even the entry-level model offers nice equipment, including an automatic keyless unlock feature. The truck will lock when you close the door and move 6 feet away. Sports seats and leather upholstery will be optional for higher trim levels. The new pickup will be out in the first quarter of next year and then we will find out everything about the D-Max.