The entry-level D-Max is a 4x2 single-cab pickup that has an impressive 2.5 litre engine equipped with twin turbochargers, pumping out 400Nm of torque to provide professional-grade pulling power and plenty of grip on loose surfaces. This Euro 5 compliant power plant can achieve a combined cycle of 37.2 miles to the gallon, meaning that it will be cheaper to run than you might expect.
Payloads of up to 1128kg can be accommodated on this model, while it has a maximum towing weight of up to 2.5 tonnes when combined with braked trailers or 750kg for unbraked units. With 190mm of ground clearance, it can overcome plenty of obstacles, with front, side and curtain airbags supplied as standard to keep occupants safe.
The 4x4 variant of the single-cab D-Max Utility comes with electronic stability control and traction control, while raising the maximum braked towing weight to 3.5 tonnes. The double-cab edition adds an extra row of seats, making it suitable for crew operations, complete with three-point rear seatbelts all round for optimal safety.
The D-Max Eiger is the most affordable of the double-cab premium models that are on offer, adding things like colour-coded bumpers and mirrors, chrome grille elements, 16-inch alloys and more stylish headlights to the exterior so that it stands out from the Utility range. On the inside there are benefits such as air conditioning, cup holders, power outlets and sturdy cloth upholstery.
The Yukon edition of the D-Max borrows many of the same features from Isuzu’s SUV, such as a leather steering wheel with integrated controls for the radio, cruise control, electric windows and more besides. Both extended and double-cab Yukon models are on offer, sitting just below the D-Max Utah double cab, which adds in leather seats, climate control, parking sensors and roof bars to make it luxurious and practical.
Topping off the current range is the D-Max Blade, which is packed with extras not found on any other model. From the 18-inch alloy wheels to the roller cover and rear style bar, this pickup is easy on the eye and simple to equip with a canopy or cover to keep the load bed warm and dry.
Inside there is a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, coupled with a comprehensive speaker system and a reversing camera, which give it the feel of a high-end car rather than a commercial vehicle.
It is worth noting that no matter which D-Max pickup you choose, the same engine is found beneath the bonnet, keeping performance consistent and also allowing for more affordable maintenance and repairs in the long term.