Comfort, safety and style changes are key to the Japanese workhorse's update.
Isuzu has updated its D-Max pick-up truck for 2019, tweaking the suspension, interior and on-board technology.
All four-wheel-drive versions of the truck will now come with Trailer Sway Control technology, which supplements the 3.5-tonne maximum trailer weight. Using sensors, the vehicle will be capable of detecting trailer swing, and reducing the vehicle’s speed if sway is identified. The vehicle will reduce throttle setting automatically and apply the brake without driver input, helping to bring the trailer back under control.
In four-door Double Cab models, meanwhile, the suspension has also been altered to improve the vehicle’s ride and noise levels. Swapping the five-piece leaf springs with three-piece versions sounds like a retrograde step, but because Isuzu is using stronger steel, the Japanese company says the current setup’s advantages are retained, while ride comfort has been increased. And because the steel used has increased hydrogen resistance, the springs are also less prone to rust.
The only other technical change is a small reduction in the Double Cab’s kerb weight, which has resulted in a minor 10 kg payload increase.
In the cabin, there are new designs for the arm rest pads, as well as a new lid for the central utility box between the front seats. Gloss black trim has been added around the window switches, air vents and glove box to give a more premium feel, while there’s also a new D-Max badge on the dashboard.
According to Isuzu, there are fresh materials all over, which “increases the quality, look and feel of all premium models and ensures greater comfort on all journeys and terrains.”
Outside, meanwhile, three new colours have been added to the palette, with Spinel Red, Sapphire Blue and Galena Grey joining the line-up. The top-of-the-range Blade will now be available in four colours, with Obsidian Grey and the aforementioned Spinel Red now offered.
As before, power comes from a 163 bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine, which still does not require AdBlue despite the stringent emissions regulation. Officially, the engine will return more than 40 mpg on the combined cycle, with the base model achieving 45.6 mpg.
Prices start from £16,799+VAT for the basic two-wheel-drive 4x2 Utility Single Cab model, and rise to £29,799+VAT for the range-topping Blade model with an automatic gearbox.
Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, power windows and remote central locking, as well as two 12-volt power outlets, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning.
Higher-spec models, though, get goodies such as leather upholstery, heated seats and keyless entry, not to mention climate control, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system and satellite navigation.
The 2019 D-Max goes on sale on October 1, 2018.