The 2018 Isuzu D-MAX seven-passenger, body-on-frame SUV comes with a refreshed design, including an independent front suspension and a rear axle sprung with a multi-link and coil design, and a brand new turbodiesel powertrain with an available manual transmission, and optional 4WD. The engine is a 3.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbodiesel and five-speed transmissions which replaced the Holden’s 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel and six-speed manual.
Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Isuzu D-MAX features a bold styling with a generous amount of chrome on the grille, window trim, wheels, and rear tailgate. The front fascia includes Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, plus fog lights make and a sculpted bumper.
Plenty of ground clearance helps you take all the obstacles in stride. Around back, the model features a short overhangs. In addition, it sits on beefy tires and smallish wheels providing the Isuzu excellent off-road capabilities.
Also, a character line runs front the front fender through the door handles and intersects the rear taillight. Other stylistic details feature large fenders and large taillights with a chrome piece connecting them above the license plate. The rear bumper has additional lights housed down below, which come with parking sensors.
Inside the cabin, the new Isuzu offers basically the same dashboard as in the outgoing model, although it comes with a few key differences. The infotainment system is a departure from MyLink software in that it offers a touchscreen with navigation, iPhone connectivity, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system.
Optional features list roof-mounted surround-sound speakers, while a rear-seat entertainment package includes a 10-inch video screen as well.
The seats are comfortable and bolstered, while a second row bench seat offers room for three passengers while the third row 50/50 split seat offers room for two. The second and third rows fold flat for cargo storage.
2018 Isuzu D-MAX Powertrain
The 2018 Isuzu D-MAX offers a 3.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbodiesel. Instead of the GM-sourced 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel Isuzu opted for a new engine that makes 174 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission Isuzu calls “Rev-Tronic.”
The engine affords a towing capacity of 6,613 pounds regardless of transmission choice. With the automatic transmission, the Isuzu gets 28.3 mpg highway while the manual transmission increases the number to 29 mpg highway.
The 2018 Isuzu D-MAX comes with a price of roughly $45,000 for the base-level trim. Prices climb into the $50,000 range with the top-trim level and added options.