2013 Isuzu D-Max On Sale In Australia

Mike Stevens | Jun 20, 2012

Isuzu's all-new D-Max pickup has arrived, starting at $27,200 for the entry-level SX and topping out at $51,700 for the top-shelf LS-Terrain.

Replacing the venerable first-gen model on sale in Australia since 2008 - and before that, since 2003 as the Holden Rodeo - the 2013 D-Max will go on sale from July 2.

As with its predecessor, and like the Ranger and BT-50 twins, the new D-Max has been developed alongside Holden's new Colorado.

While the new D-Max shares much of its ladder-chassis platform and mechanical componentry with the 2012 Colorado, Isuzu's new ute gets its own unique face, with meatier guards, upswept headlights and a more conventional grille design.

Inside, the differences are less obvious, with the two pickups sharing a largely identical cabin. The dash, centre stack, steering wheel and doors all mirror the interior of the new Colorado.

The D-Max will be offered with single, space and crew cabs in cab-chassis, ute and ute hi-ride form. There are 22 models in all, spanning one engine, manual and automatic transmissions, six trim grades, and 4x4 and 4x2 configurations.

Mechanical Package

The new D-Max range is powered by an updated version of the existing 3.0 litre turbodiesel, producing 130kW at 3600rpm and 380Nm from 1800rpm to 3000rpm in manual form, and to 2800rpm with the auto.

Transmissions include the familiar five-speed manual, now with a revised gear-lever pivot point, and a newly-developed five-speed 'Rev-Tronic' automatic transmission with sequential sports mode.

The new auto is electronically controlled by the transmission control module, featuring an adaptive-learning function that monitors brake and throttle use.

The system allows the transmission to automatically select the most appropriate shift points and lock-up points depending on the driver’s behaviour, the vehicle speed and the vehicle load. The auto also has ‘Hill Descent’ and ‘Hill-Ascent’ modes.

Depending on the specification, fuel consumption figures vary from 8.0 to 8.3 l/100km, while CO2 emissions vary from 211 to 220g/km.

The 2013 D-Max also introduces a new Terrain Command 4WD select dial, allowing the driver to adjust between two-and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h.

There's a new ladder frame chassis in the new D-Max, dubbed i-Grip - Isuzu Gravity Response Intelligent Platform. Isuzu says strength and rigidity is improved by 42 percent.

The new D-Max also gets a longer wheelbase across the range, up from 3050mm in the current model to 3095mm for the 2013 pickup.

The suspension package includes the new 'Flex-Ride' system. The front-end gets independent double wishbone with coil spings and gas shocks, while the rear gets long-span leaf springs; under-slung on 4x2 models and over-slung for the 4x4.

Braking is managed by 300mm ventilated front discs with 2-piston calipers (280mm on 4x2 SX Single Cab Chassis and Low-Ride); 295mm rear drums

Isuzu promises a braked towing capacity of 3.0 tonne across the range, and a load capacity of 1000kg.

Click here to see Exterior Dimensions & Load Area chart.

Features

Across the range, standard features include air conditioning with a fine-particle pollen filter, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.

LS models and up get LED brake lights and projector headlights, and the top-shelf LS-Terrain gets a reversing camera as standard, along with a touchscreen display and satellite navigation with 10,000 off-road destinations.

Depending on the trim grade, there is also a 'SkySound' roof-mounted surround sound system.

Standard safety features include six airbags, a high-strength passenger safety cell, collapsible steering column and brake pedal, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Thailand model shown.
Thailand model shown.

Wheels & Tyres

  • 4x2 SX manual 15"x 6.5" drilled silver-finish steel; 215 / 70 R15 HT
  • 4x2 SX auto 16"x 7" drilled silver-finish steel; 245 / 70 R16 AT
  • 4x2 LS 17"x 7" alloy; 255 / 65 R17 HT
  • 4x4 EX, SX 16"x 7" drilled silver-finish steel; 245 / 70 R16 AT
  • 4x4 LS-M 16"x 7" alloy; 245 / 70 R16 AT
  • 4x4 LS-U 17"x 7" alloy; 255 / 65 R17 HT
  • (Full size spare wheel on all model variants)

Warranty

3 years or 100,000km, whichever occurs first.

Pricing

The new D-Max is available from July 2.

All-New Isuzu D-MAX Model line-up Pricing & Fuel Consumption

Fuel Consumption Values

Model Description

Trans

RRP
i
nc. GST

l/100km
(combined)

CO2
(combined)

Drive

Cab Style

Tray Style

Model Trim

4 x 2

SINGLE

Cab Chassis

SX

man

$27,200

8.0

212

4 x 2

CREW

Ute

SX

man

$33,200

8.2

216

4 x 2

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

SX

auto

$36,300

8.0

211

4 x 2

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS

man

$38,800

8.3

220

4 x 2

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS

auto

$41,000

8.1

214

4 x 4

SINGLE

Cab Chassis

EX

man

$33,400

8.3

220

4 x 4

SINGLE

Cab Chassis

SX

man

$36,400

8.3

220

4 x 4

SINGLE

Cab Chassis

SX

auto

$38,600

8.1

214

4 x 4

SPACE

Cab Chassis

SX

man

$39,100

8.3

220

4 x 4

SPACE

Cab Chassis

SX

auto

$41,300

8.1

214

4 x 4

CREW

Cab Chassis

SX

man

$41,300

8.3

220

4 x 4

CREW

Cab Chassis

SX

auto

$43,500

8.1

214

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

SX

man

$42,000

8.3

220

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

SX

auto

$44,200

8.1

214

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-M

man

$44,000

8.3

220

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-M

auto

$46,200

8.1

214

4 x 4

SPACE

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-U

man

$43,700

8.3

220

4 x 4

SPACE

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-U

auto

$45,900

8.1

214

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-U

man

$45,500

8.3

220

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-U

auto

$47,700

8.1

214

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-Terrain

man

$49,500

8.3

220

4 x 4

CREW

Ute Hi-Ride

LS-Terrain

auto

$51,700

8.1

214

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  • Smart us says,
    3 years ago
    Holden's back hurraaa biggrin
  • cyclone says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Could the Isuzu logo on the grille be any bigger???
  • Roger says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    As far as I am concerned a much better looking front than Colorado, but that old engine is way below par compared with its competition.
  • Martin says,
    3 years ago
    I really dislike the interior on this and the Colorado, it looks like a cheap copy of the Kia Cerato's interior. Compared to the Ranger and BT50 interiors, this looks like it's years behind.

    Exterior looks good though, better than the Colorado in my opinion.
  • Jack says,
    3 years ago
    does it come with ESC???
  • D jones says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    England has the 2.5 twin turbo 400nm engine,with 5 yrs warranty,why the hell did we in Australia get the older 4 jj1tchi engine.
    • little john says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      UK get 2.5L cause it's euro 5... australia is only euro 4 still.
  • Tate Barret says,
    2 years ago
    are there plans for a wagon version like the upcoming Colorado 7. It wouldn't be a stretch as they (colorado and d-max)are built side by side in thailand I believe
  • bob says,
    2 years ago
    So its just a holden?? sad
    • Zebra.P.Knee says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      No,really the Colorado is a rebadged Isuzu.
      You don't really understand how most holden models except Commodores are rebadged cars from the GM stable. Have you noticed how the GM brands like Isuzu and Opel are being introduced into Australia slowly because Holden will be killed off completely in the next 10 years??
  • philly who points the finger says,
    2 years ago
    nice ute nice price nice motor but it still isn't a hilux inside
  • Bjorn says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    The dmax engine is different to colorado. Colorado engine is made by fiat. Although colorado and dmax are manufactured in thailand the isuzu is built on a seperate assembly line. So they are completly different to colorado
  • Bruce says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I'm thinking of buying one, are they worth the money and has there been any problems with the 4wd
    • ben says,
      1 year ago
      i bought a 2013 model and it 1000x better than the D40 navara I had. I get 900 km to the tank and only a 75lt tank I was inly getting 480km to tank with crapy navara
  • wilson says,
    2 years ago
    I really like this Isuzu cause it looks more comfortable,,,
  • Obed Tshikane says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Worth trying I have been driving isuzu for the past 9yrs
  • trevor andrews says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    predicted fuelconsumption is bull***...i have to "flog" my isuzu auto to even get 8litres per 100 and over 100 kmph.On normal everyday driving short trips in country/builtup areas my ute sits on 13 kilometres per litre.Thats7.7 litres per 100ks.....really trying on country roads @ 90 to100 kmph...its nothing to see 14 kilometres per litre...7.14 litres /100...." even thinking of carrying a gerry can just in case it starts makin'fuel?"...
    ...more than satisfied with Isuzu Ute

  • Kekeletso Mahalefele says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I would like to be one of the first to have ISUZU 4*4 if Turbo D- MAX is there i would like to get it. so please give me the full details on how to get it. my first isuzu was purchased at Bloemfontein in 2008. i still have it with me
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