Isuzu D-Max ute gains significant refresh

New models and upgrades for model-year 2022 line-up

Isuzu D-Max ute gains significant refresh
The new 22MY D-Max LS-U+ Crew Cab Ute


Isuzu Ute Australia (IUA) has bolstered its D-Max one-tonne ute portfolio with new variants, upgrades and engine option for the upcoming 2022 (MY22) range.

Due to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2022, the updates are said to be based on feedback received from customers and the media over the past year.

The six new models offer "one of the widest selections of body styles, tray-configurations and powertrain options available across the Australian 1-tonne ute segment". 

"Preliminary specifications of the 2022 D-Max range are incredibly exciting; with a new engine, new models and updates fast-tracked to meet Australian customer demand," IUA managing director Hiroyasu Sato said.

"It's the feedback from our customers that have been the driving force in introducing these updates and we are proud to expand on the proven D-Max recipe that has solidified its place in many Australian driveways."

Starting the range, the SX grade adds three new variants; the SX Space cab chassis 4x2 auto, which will be powered by the existing 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and two SX single cab chassis 4x2 variants, which are both powered by Isuzu's RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

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Available in the Australian market for the first time, the RZ4E-TC has been noted in overseas markets for its fuel efficiency and refined and quieter operation, generating 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque – "making it the ideal match to the entry-level SX single cab chassis 4x2", IUA said.

Braked towing capacity on the lighter-weight RZ4E-powered SX single cab chassis 4x2 manual and auto is 2,800kg and 3,000kg respectively, with both models rated to tow 750kg unbraked.

The 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine remains an available choice in all D-Max variants, including the SX single cab chassis 4x2, offering 140kW/450Nm from the largest-capacity four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine available in the ute segment, according to IUA.

Coupled with a 2,550mm-long alloy or steel tray, the D-Max SX single cab chassis 4x2 is "set to offer fleet, tradesmen and small business operators an economical and practical choice in the showroom and on the road". 

For drivers requiring more cabin space, the new D-Max SX Space cab chassis 4x2 auto joins the 22MY range.

Powered by the 4JJ3-TCX, it adds rear wing cabin doors and a 2,100mm-long alloy or steel tray.

Developed on the feedback from customers, IUA is set to add two new mid-spec variants to the 2022 roster.

Available in the crew cab chassis configuration, the D-Max LS-M 4x4 auto and D-Max LS-U  4x4 auto are both powered by the 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine with 4x4 terrain command and rear diff-lock, and features a 1,800mm-long alloy or steel tray.

Meanwhile, the LS-M 4x4 and LS-U 4x4 comprises a tray-back crew cab chassis to "carry gear, tools or to outfit with a canopy for the road ahead".

The sixth new addition to the D-Max range is the new D-Max LS-U+ crew cab 4x4 Auto.

A step between the flagship X-Terrain and LS-U, the LS-U+ adds luxury by way of a leather-accented interior with variably heated front seats, with the driver's featuring eight-way electric adjustment with electric lumbar support, along with a host of additional features. 

Our ute megatest earlier this year, here

New models:

  • SX Single Cab Chassis 4x2 Manual with 1.9-litre RZ4E-TC
  • SX Single Cab Chassis 4x2 Automatic with 1.9-litre RZ4E-TC
  • SX Space Cab Chassis 4x2 Automatic with 3.0-litre 4JJ3-TCX
  • LS-M Crew Cab Chassis 4x4 Automatic
  • LS-U Crew Cab Chassis 4x4 Automatic
  • LS-U+ (Plus) Crew Cab Ute 4x4 Automatic

"Streamlining the range to focus on customer needs, expectations and consumer trends, the D-Max SX Space cab 4x2 Auto and D-Max SX crew cab 4x4 Manual have been discontinued for 2022," IUA added.

Starting at the top, the 22MY iteration of the D-Max X-Terrain 4x4 includes variable heated front seats, vanity mirror light, auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated door mirrors, factory-fitted tow bar and black and red accents to the interior.

The mid-range D-Max LS-U crew cab ute and LS-U Space cab gains the additional convenience of smart keyless entry with push button start, walk away door lock (WADL) that automatically locks the doors when the driver walks away, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a factory-fitted tow bar receiver and tub liner.

The same additional features are equipped in the 22MY D-Max LS-U crew cab chassis 4x4, but without the tub liner due to the fitment of the 1,800mm-long alloy or steel tray.

The new D-Max LS-U+ crew cab 4x4, features similar equipment as the LS-U crew cab with the addition of the smart keyless entry, WADL and auto-dimming rear view mirror, but with the addition of premium black leather-accented upholstery and interior trims.

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The front seats are variably heated, with the driver's featuring eight-way electric adjustment with electric lumbar support.

Additional equipment adds convenience and substance, with a vanity mirror light and heated door mirrors, along with the factory-fitted tow bar receiver and tub liner. 

The LS-M crew cab 4x4 also gains rear parking sensors, which work in conjunction with the reversing camera that is standard equipment across all D-Max models.


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