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It’s no secret that Isuzu and Mazda are teaming up to bring the next generation of D-Max and BT-50 to the market, however lips have been very tight across the manufacturers regarding when they will be launched, and any specific details on them. We now know that the new D-Max and BT-50 due 2020 will be based on the same platform, and will be an all-new vehicle. It’s not the first time Isuzu has assisted another manufacturer in getting a new ute to market, with the current generation D-Max being the base for the earlier Holden Colorado.
The current D-Max has been around since 2012, first released to the market in early 2013, so despite the facelifts and updates, it is now a seven-year-old model. What better time to ring in a new model, than as we ring in a new decade. Spy pics have finally surfaced of what is supposedly the new D-Max in black cladding, spied in the snowy regions of Europe, undergoing extreme weather testing. Some have suggested it may be a heavy facelift, however upon further inspection, it looks like it could well be an all-new model.
Insofar as the driveline is concerned, it is believed that Isuzu will maintain the tried and tested 4JJ1 3.0L four-cylinder diesel donk, however with a touch more power output over the current iteration. Isuzu have also not ruled out bringing the 1.9L turbo-diesel engine to Australia as a different engine offering, however more will be known on this once the new D-Max is released.