THE FACT is quite a lot of Australian consumers will overlook the entry-grade D-Max SX 4×2 utility in favour of extra extremely specified, and pricier, four-wheel drive variants, even when the mannequin examined right here is greater than able to delivering on their wants.
Down Below, entry grade and two-wheel drive utes lose out to their extra succesful siblings in an enormous method as consumers go for the type of rugged attraction and off-road functionality many will seldom use. Which makes the existence of base spec’ utilities just like the D-Max SX and its ilk one thing of a perplexing consideration…
The Isuzu D-Max SX 4×2 is a well-priced, generously specified and completely succesful instance of the breed. In brief, this workhorse variant deserves to promote extra strongly than it does, as our week behind the wheel proved.
The one-cab chassis utility is priced from simply $29,990 plus on-road prices ($33,200 as examined) and is powered by Isuzu’s gutsy undersquare RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine paired to a selection of six-speed guide or automated transmissions.
Isuzu says the engine is designed to supply decrease working prices to business, fleet and commerce consumers, and develops 110kW at 3600rpm and 350Nm from 1800-2600rpm, with 300Nm accessible throughout greater than 70 per cent of the unit’s torque band (from 1550 to 3700rpm).
Gas supply is by way of a Denso high-pressure direct injection system and the consumption system additional advantages from a forward-facing ambient air consumption, an electronically managed variable geometry turbocharger, in addition to an aluminium air-to-air intercooler. Gas financial system is listed at 7.0 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions as little as 183 grams per kilometre (ADR mixed cycle).
However past the SX’s mechanical package deal, it’s the mannequin’s load lugging capabilities that impress most. Payload capacities for guide and automated variants are listed at a formidable 1405kg and 1380kg respectively whereas braked towing capability is listed at 2800kg for the guide and 3000kg for the Aisin-sourced automated.
The D-Max SX is fitted as normal with a 2500mm lengthy and 1777mm huge alloy tray as normal and is additional accessible with a collection of headboards, ladder racks and seize rails as a part of an intensive equipment record.
Customary tools consists of 17-inch metal wheels with Dunlop AT25 tyres (with matching spare), heavy-duty suspension, a urethane steering wheel, gearshift knob and handbrake cowl, vinyl flooring, material upholstery, energy home windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights, and a tilt- and reach-adjustable steering column.
Adaptive cruise management is out there on automated variants.
The 7.0-inch infotainment array within the D-Max SX consists of (wi-fi) Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB+ digital radio, voice recognition, a four-speaker audio system and a reversing digicam.
Security tools features a full complement of airbags, AEB with flip help, blind-spot monitoring, drive-attention help, lane-support programs, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic-sign recognition. The Isuzu D-Max boasts a five-star ANCAP security ranking.
All Isuzu D-Max and MU-X variants are backed by Isuzu Ute Australia’s Service Plus 6-7-7 possession care program, which features a six-year/150,000km guarantee, as much as seven years’ roadside help (when serviced via an IUA vendor) and seven-year capped value servicing scheme totalling $3223 over the primary 105,000km.
The 2022 Isuzu D-Max SX single-cab chassis is out there in 5 paint colors together with Mineral White (flat), Basalt Black Mica, Cobalt Blue Mica, Mercury Silver Metallic and Obsidian Gray Metallic.
Base mannequin utes are now not merely serviceable, they’re succesful, value-packed and able to go the arduous yards – and there’s no higher instance within the present crop of single-cab 4×2 utilities than the Isuzu D-Max SX cab-chassis.
The high-riding and heavy-duty suspension provided within the D-Max provides it the looks – and 235mm floor clearance – of a 4×4 mannequin with the very best carrying capability in its class. Sadly, it additionally means the unladen trip of the mannequin is especially agency.
It takes quite a lot of weight to settle the SX’s leaf springs towards something approaching comfy, so when you’re not carrying a substantial mass regularly, it might be greatest to buy elsewhere within the vary.
Isuzu’s gutsy 1.9-litre engine, however, is the star of the present within the D-Max SX and provides loads of lag-free pep from its diminutive capability. The engine isn’t what you’d name quiet, particularly earlier than reaching working temperature, but it surely actually packs a wallop for its measurement.
It’s additionally remarkably environment friendly, returning a median of 8.0 litres per 100km on check via a mixture of city and freeway driving, and with and with out weight on the tray.
The six-speed auto does an important job of protecting the RZ4E-TC in its candy spot and shifts decisively when requested. There aren’t any gimmicks, no paddle shifts, and no fancy modes to accompany the transmission, simply bloody good calibration and an appreciably easy shifting motion.
The seating of the D-Max is comfy and generously proportioned, although there’s not quite a lot of room behind the seats for added storage. The cabin is straightforward to see out of with gentle controls, candy electrically assisted steering, first rate brake pedal really feel (disc/drum stoppers are normal) and well-placed controls.
The instrumentation and secondary controls (HVAC, audio system, and many others.) are unassuming and easy, however embrace niceties equivalent to wi-fi Apple CarPlay connectivity and digital radio reception to brighten the hours spent contained in the cab.
We appreciated the D-Max’s well-placed seize handles and located the inclusion of expertise objects like rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights and adaptive cruise management not solely welcome, however very effectively calibrated too.
The vast majority of the D-Max’s driver assists had been equally arduous to fault, although we did discover the lane protecting help to be slightly uptight and located ourselves switching the system off except travelling on huge, multi-lane freeways.
The one different niggles of notice had been lower than spectacular reversing digicam decision, common headlight efficiency and a considerably fragile key/distant that fell to items when by accident dropped from pocket peak.
In opposition to the tape, the D-Max SX single-cab chassis measures 5325mm in size, 1870mm huge and 1790mm in peak. It rides on a 3125mm wheelbase and suggestions the size at 1620kg when optioned with the automated transmission.
The tray measures 2550mm in size and provides fold-down sides and full-length tie-down rails. Isuzu lists the turning circle of the D-Max SX at 12.5m.
As a workhorse utility, the D-Max SX provides quite a bit for the cash – and we don’t simply imply the intensive tools record. It’s a succesful and environment friendly performer that reveals quite a lot of thought in the direction of a variety of blue-collar purposes, each from a specification standpoint, and its long-term working prices. Win-win!