New 2022 Isuzu D-MAX lands early in Australia


Early appearance of new range of popular ute for new year

New 2022 Isuzu D-MAX lands early in Australia
Isuzu is quick off the mark with its 22MY D-MAX range

 
Isuzu Ute Australia's 2022 Isuzu D-Max 1-tonne ute range has been announced.

Much like Scania's 770hp behemoth, the new range was originally due to arrive in the first-quarter of 2022, but has lobbed early.

It will be available from December 1, with the entry-level 1.9-litre D-MAX SX Single Cab Chassis 4x2 following shortly after, in early January.

"We are pleased to be able to offer our updated 2022 D-MAX range to our Australian customers earlier than initially forecast," says Isuzu Ute Australia (IUA) MD Hiroyasu Sato.

"Fast-tracking its availability ensures we get the improved product and a wider variety of options into market sooner, which essentially helps to improve customer satisfaction—which has always been a priority to us.

"Our focus on customer satisfaction by listening to customer and media feedback has led to the development of the 2022 D-Max updates, with enhancements across the range, increased GCM of 6,000kg on 4x4 models and the expansion of our cab chassis range to include the LS-M and LS-U, which are all customer-centric developments."

SIX NEW D-MAX VARIANTS

Updated with six new variants, the range offers one of the widest selections of body styles, tray-configurations and powertrain options available across the Australian 1-tonne ute segment.

  • 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 single cab chassis 4x2 automatic
  • 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  SX space cab ute 4x2 Auto and D-MAX SX crew cab ute 4x4 manual have been discontinued for 2022.

Available from January 1 and priced from $29,990 drive away, the new entry-level SX single cab chassis 4x2 will be available with Isuzu's new RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

For drivers requiring more cabin space, the SX space cab chassis 4x2 auto joins the 22MY range. Powered by the 3.0-litre 4JJ3-TCX turbo-diesel engine, it adds rear 'wing' doors with additional interior space behind the front row and a worksite ready 2,100mm-long alloy or steel tray.

Developed on the feedback from customers, IUA has introduced two new mid-spec crew cab chassis variants to the 22MY range, the LS-M and LS-U.

Both pair either a 1,800mm-long alloy or steel tray with heavy-duty 3-leaf Suspension, Isuzu's proven 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, with 4x4 Terrain Command and a rear diff-lock. 

The sixth new addition to the range is the new LS-U+ crew cab 4x4 auto. A step between the flagship X-Terrain and LS-U, the LS-U+ adds leather-accented interior with variably heated front seats, with the driver's featuring 8-way electric adjustment with electric lumbar support, along with a host of welcomed additional features.

With more carrying capacity than ever before, the 22MY 4x4 range is rated with a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 6,000kg, an increase of 50kg over the equivalent 21MY model.

All 22MY D-MAX models now feature a new Lane Support System (LSS) Switch, located on the steering wheel. By pressing and holding the Switch for two seconds, the driver can toggle all Lane Support Systems on-or-off, including Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), and Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK). Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) will still function regardless if the LKAS is disabled via the switch.

Available in the Australian market for the first time, the RZ4E-TC has earned its stripes in overseas markets for its supreme fuel efficiency and refined and quieter operation.

Generating 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, official fuel consumption figures returned 7.0 litres/100km during ADR 81/02 combined cycle testing, with CO2 emissions returning 183g/km for the manual and 184g/km for the automatic, IUA said.

Equipped with a 76-litre diesel fuel tank, this new variant is capable of travelling close to a 1,000kms between fuel-stops.

Engineered for the worksite, carrying capacity remains a strong focus for the RZ4E-powered SX single cab chassis 4x2, with heavy-duty 3-leaf suspension, a payload capacity amounting to 1,405kg for the manual and 1,380kg for the Auto and a large selection of 2,550mm x 1,777mm (Length x Width) alloy or steel rear tray options.

Gross vehicle mass (GVM) remains at 3,000kg—the same as the rest of the 4x2 range. gross combination mass (GCM) totals 5,300kg for the Manual and 5,500kg for the Auto.

Braked towing capacity for the manual and auto is rated at 2,800kg and 3,000kg respectively, with both models rated to tow 750kg unbraked.

Also included in the the SX single cab chassis 4x2 are Isuzu's Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS) with new Lane Support System (LSS) Switch and the latest in smart-phone connectivity with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.

 

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