It looks like Isuzu’s ever-reliable D-Max will get a facelift for its 2019 model year. With some minor changes to its front grill and lights, we can expect this staple of Philippine roads to sport a fresh exterior in the coming months.
Photos from HeadlightMag.com show that the Isuzu badge was moved up on the grill to create a larger opening. The lower part of the grill also seems to be larger, which may indicate that the number was replaced as a whole.
Additionally, the daytime running lights (DRLs) seem to have been reshaped from an L-pattern to a U-pattern. The chrome strip found atop the current models’ headlights also seems to have been omitted.
No reports have been made on interior changes on the D-Max. Knowing Isuzu, though, there’s bound to be some new bells and whistles thrown in.
This generation of D-Max has been available since 2012 and has been showing its age as of late. Thankfully, Isuzu introduced a powerful new 3.0-liter BluePower turbodiesel engine that got a lot of folks excited. Earlier this year, a 1.9-liter RZ4E engine was also added to the D-Max lineup for people who required ample power and fuel economy.
With fierce competition coming from mainstays such as the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger, it’s good to see that the D-Max is throwing a sustained salvo of improvements that will give buyers plenty to think about.