MACHINERY

Isuzu adds three models to ute range

ISUZU UTE Australia has announced updates to its D-MAX range with three new variants and a refreshed exterior design and colour palette.

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 Three new SX models are among changes to the 2023 Isuzu ute range. Image courtesy Isuzu.

Three new SX models are among changes to the 2023 Isuzu ute range. Image courtesy Isuzu.

The three new variants are in the tradesman-focused SX Crew Cab grade which are powered by Isuzu's RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at 110kW and produces 350Nm of torque.

Other changes include a simplification of the towing setup process by automatically disabling Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert when a trailer is hitched and detected via the genuine trailer wiring harness.

Exterior changes include a new grille design which is finished in two-tone black on the SX, two-tone black and grey on the LS-M, two-tone grey and chrome on the LS-U and LS-U+, and two-tone dark grey on the X-TERRAIN.

Isuzu's designers have also introduced new wheel designs for the 23MY range. D-MAX LS-M feature new light grey 17-inch six spoke alloys, shod in Dunlop AT25 All-Terrain tyres, while the D-MAX LS-U and LS-U+ both feature 18-inch machined alloys with Bridgestone Dueller rubber. The flagship X-TERRAIN has 18-inch wheels in a dark grey metallic finish.

All 23MY ute models now feature Tailgate Assist; a gas-strut system which allows for easy one-hand operation of the tailgate.

In the cab, an updated selection of seat upholstery trims have been added to the range including high-grade cloth on LS-M and LS-U, and leather-accented trim on the LS-U+ and X-TERRAIN.

The SX Crew Cab Ute and Crew Cab Chassis both receive an additional 2.1Amp USB port in the second row, for charging mobile and tablet devices.

The LS-U+ Crew Cab Ute 4x4 Auto (with 3.0-litre turbo-diesel) will be $63,500 while the X-TERRAIN 4x4 Auto (with 3.0-litre turbo-diesel) is $64,990, driveaway.

 

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