D-Max factory reopens, mid-year launch possible
Despite a near four-week shutdown of the Isuzu plant in Thailand, Isuzu Ute Australia have confirmed today that production has restarted, with the D-Max still expected this year.
Confirmation has come today from Isuzu Ute Australia regarding production restarting at the Thailand Isuzu plant. This presents as good news for punters, with many prospective buyers of the new D-Max holding their collective breathes on delivery and indeed release dates of the new D-Max ute, with mid-year still being the best guess for release.
The release from Isuzu Ute Australia has not gone on to say that delivery and release of the new ute, that is rumoured to be released in July, will still be able to hit that release date, however, there has been no indication at the dealer level that there will be any delays. Regardless, the expectation is that the new D-Max should be released towards mid-year, but may realistically be pushed back towards September.
A spokesperson for Isuzu Ute Australia was unable to confirm to Mr4X4 if production was to be pushed back after the plant closure due to Covid-19, nor that July was ever the actual release date, despite what you may read in other publications. We can confirm, however, that the D-Max is certainly scheduled to be released this year, and will still hit that schedule.
Worthy of note is that despite the Isuzu D-Max and the Mazda BT-50 sharing the same platform (albeit with different aesthetics), the BT-50 is not scheduled for release until at least the end of the year, if not early next year.
Specifications for the new D-Max are yet to be announced, however, it appears that Australia will not be getting the 1.9-litre diesel seen in the Thailand model, as some had feared. From all information Mr 4X4 have been able to gather from Isuzu Ute Australia, we will retain the venerable 4JJ1 engine, however, it will apparently be getting an upgrade, at least in power figures. The new D-Max is slated to put out 140kW of power, and 450Nm of torque, up from the current models 130kW and 430Nm.
As more information comes to hand surrounding the new D-Max, both in specifications and release date, we will be sure to keep you updated.