The D-Max truck is updated, but that is not the end of changes for the popular truck. Well, the changes do not include an appearance in the new territory – the 2025 Isuzu D-Max is not coming to the US. A fresh architecture supports hybrid engines. Again, that is probably not the case here. However, a new powerplant is possible – a 3.3-liter turbodiesel.
The ute (Australian name for pickup trucks), is pretty popular in many markets. Still, Isuzu has no intention of expanding sales. The company is pretty competitive, but we can’t say it is at the same level as Nissan, Toyota and Ford. Still, in certain countries, the D-Max is more popular thanks to a lower price. From what we can hear, the company is ready to join forces with other truckmakers. The goal is to deliver a hybrid unit for the pickup.
Among other changes, we can expect a new trim level and fresh colors. The V Cross is currently the hottest model in the lineup. Isuzu might add something special for the off-road drive.
Minor Interior and Exterior Changes
The truck was updated for the current season. We don’t think that 2025 Isuzu D-Max is bringing another refresh, at least not a big one. Fans could see numerous changes on the current edition, including seats that are cozier than before, with cooling and heating functions at some trim levels. A larger screen is the center of the infotainment system. Updating multimedia is always needed. Interesting, the old-school speedometer is there.
The safety suite is also upgraded. Small modifications are possible. The carmaker might make some features from upper packages available for the base version of the 2025 Isuzu D-Max. The camera system was a nice touch, but a few extra views are possible. The truck will offer regular and dual-cab configuration. The entire new design is pretty functional. A lot of headroom and legroom are in the cabin, which can accommodate up to 5 people.
Other changes on the vehicle include new headlights, a boxier appearance and minor modifications in the back. The overall design is aesthetic and the updated version is even more efficient. Fuel consumption is lower, but it is also thanks to the engine modifications.
2025 Isuzu D-Max Specs
Diesel engines supply the 2025 Isuzu D-Max with a lot of torque. A 1.9-liter mill can create 360 Nm (266 lb-ft), which is not bad for a naturally aspirated plant. It also delivers 160 hp. In both cases, engineers boosted outputs in recent years. Another revisit is not required. Manual transmission is standard in some markets, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox is taking over. All-wheel drive is optional.
Most buyers will go after a more potent 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. The configuration is good for 190 hp, 450 NM (332 lb-ft) and enhances the towing capacity to 3,500 kg (7,700 pounds). Again, the same transmission options are there, as well as a 4WD. The bad thing is a lot worse fuel economy.
That might be fixed next year if the company delivers a hybrid unit for the 2025 Isuzu D-Max. For now, there are no further details, but sources claim that the Japanese company is about to use the technology from Toyota. Also, another engine is possible – a 3.3-liter petrol I6. However, fans of the D-Max favor diesel power, so it would be a gamble to develop a truck with a gasoline powertrain.
2025 Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
The special edition of the truck is coming back. Like its rivals, the 2025 Isuzu D-Max will have a model for off-road adventures. That is the D-Max V-Cross. There are no engine upgrades since you will get a 3.0-liter unit with the same outputs. But, the ute looks more muscular thanks to special body parts. Side steps, skid plated and bedliner are standard, as well as the 4×4 system. Every V-Cross package features a surround sound system, wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto services, push-button start and reverse camera. Special suspension lifts the truck a bit, which can be helpful in rough terrains.
Release Date, Competition
Since there are no too many changes in the 2025 YM, it could debut already in the mid-2024. But, don’t be surprised if the company leaves the premiere for the final quarter of 2024, or even 2025. The D-Max needs to be competitive since the truck market is growing. The main stage is in the US, but the class is trending all over the world. We’ll see the 2025 Isuzu D-Max in Australia, Brazil, Europe, South Africa… The main rivals are Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200, but there are also Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger and VW Amarok.
Reasons why you should buy the Isuzu truck are reliable engine, high towing potential and the low price of the entry-level model. Plus, the ute is very safe. The latest generation received 5 stars for overall safety by NCAP associations in Europe and Asia.