The Isuzu 3.0L turbo diesel engine delivers a massive 430Nm of torque matched with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Using highly-advanced Isuzu common-rail diesel technology this balances the power with superior fuel efficiency. The end result is outstanding performance to tackle any hill, overtake on the freeway and tow what you like without constant visits to the fuel station.
The heart of D-MAX is the famous Isuzu engine exclusive to the Isuzu range. The world’s most popular truck engine, in the skin of a ute.
Isuzu are diesel specialists and the D-MAX is the only ute on the Australian market with this 3.0L engine under the bonnet - the same engine platform found in many Isuzu light trucks. 130kW of power and 430Nm of torque means you can rely on this turbo diesel engine to get the toughest jobs done with ease.
Choose from either the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic transmission options. From crawling across a rocky embankment to cruising down the highway, the 6-speed manual gives you total flexibility in all situations. Want the ute to do the work for you? Choose the 6-speed sequential automatic (which includes Rev-tronic sequential shifting if you do want to take control). Grade Logic technology keeps you in the correct gear when ascending and descending tough terrain.
Accelerate and the D-MAX responds effortlessly, with the famous Isuzu engine producing 430Nm of torque for fast, smooth acceleration no matter what you're carrying or hauling.
The D-MAX is built to tow without breaking a sweat. Load up the back with all your gear, hitch up a boat, caravan or trailer - take whatever, wherever. With 3.5 tonne towing+, the truck-based chassis of the D-MAX gives you the ability to tow pretty much anything you can throw at it.
+3.5 tonne braked towing capacity on D-MAX 4x4 and 4x2 High Ride modelsand3.0 tonne braked towing capacity on all MU-X models when fitted with an optional genuine Isuzu UTE tow bar kit.
Diesel engines are 20-30% more efficient than petrol engines. The D-MAX is so fuel efficient because our engineers have decades of experience in commercial transport, where every litre counts.
Isuzu's super-high pressure common rail technology ensures you burn minimal fuel, while enjoying maximum performance from precise control over injection timing and the amount of fuel delivered.
The D-MAX Variable Geometry System (VGS) constantly adjusts to achieve optimum air compression from low revs, which ensures minimal fuel consumption with maximum torque across the rev-range.
The D-MAX has undergone extensive wind tunnel testing at the same facility as Japanese bullet trains to develop its sleek aerodynamic shape. The design was further enhanced by legendary Italian auto styling house Pinninfarina, to create a body with a record low drag co-efficiency (Cd) figure. Low drag not only improves fuel efficiency, it reduces cabin noise for a quieter, more comfortable ride.
Different drivers have different needs, so the D-MAX lets you choose what drivetrain suits you best - 4x4 or 4x2.
Dial in the driving mode you need. On road, choose 2WD. Hitting the dirt of beach, change to 4WD for more traction. At speeds up to 100km/h, change modes without slowing down. If you're off-road in deep sand or mud, turn to 4L for extreme traction and complete control.
Take on any challenge with Hill Start Assist which prevents vehicle roll-back when starting on steep gradients (above 5.7 degrees). Hill Descent Control give you the confidence to tackle any downhill terrain by ensuring maximum traction.
The D-MAX has short front and rear overhangs to give you plenty of clearance for steep approach and descent angles.
The D-MAX 4x4 models have sturdy steel underbody protection, including a steel sump and transfer case guard, for extra protection in punishing off-road conditions.
Flex-Ride suspension, specifically developed for the D-MAX, balances firmness for load carrying, with suppleness for driving comfort, without compromising handling.