The next sensation is here: Isuzu Philippines introduces new D-MAX X Series

ONE of the best pickup truck models available in the Philippines is now poised to become the next vehicle sensation as it gets even more appealing via the introduction of a new variant.

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has unveiled the new 2017 Isuzu D-MAX X-Series, which with its host of substantial equipment upgrades evolves into the perfect lifestyle vehicle for young and dynamic families. Unveiled on January 27, 2016 at the Bonifacio Global City Amphitheater, the new variant is the latest in the D-MAX's awesome X-Series line.

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"There is no denying that the Isuzu D-MAX is an ideal vehicle for leisure activities and is also a highly capable workhorse. With the arrival of the new D-MAX X-Series, the model now addresses the lifestyle mobility requirement of active and urbane families too. So now, no other pickup truck available in the local market can offer the combination of utility, reliability, versatility and high style that the D-MAX X-Series does," said IPC President Hajime Koso.

The new D-MAX X-Series comes with features that raise the vehicle above other pickup trucks in the market. In front, the D-MAX X-Series is characterized by a gun-metallic radiator grille that is brightened up by a bold, red Isuzu badge. Complementing this is a functional front skirt that is also highlighted by red striping.

The aerodynamics package continues over to the rear of the D-MAX, where the special X-Series side skirt, mounted toward the bottom edge of the truck's bed, and cargo spoiler fitted on top of the bed, create a sleek, modern style that also contribute to vehicle performance. Further enhancing the D-MAX X-Series' aesthetics and efficiency are the newly designed, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, which also add to the sporty character of the vehicle.

Inside the D-MAX X-Series are even more sophisticated features. Matching the red accents on the exterior are the red stitching on the black leather material covering the seats, as well as the special X-Series badges displayed on the front seats. Boosting the masculine flavor of the interior are the piano black trim on various surfaces.

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As it is available exclusively for the D-MAX 3.0L 4x2 model, the D-MAX X-Series is powered by Isuzu's 4JJI-TC (HI) diesel engine that's equipped with a Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger and intercooler. This inline-four, 3.0-liter, Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engine produces maximum power of 163 PS @ 3,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque @ 1,800 - 2,200 rpm. Guaranteeing power and fuel-efficiency for the engine is either a 5-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, or a 5-speed manual transmission.

The D-MAX 3.0 LS 4x2 M/T during the Fuel Economy Run held by the Department of Energy in May 2016 emerged as the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the country, registering a fuel consumption rating of 38.46 kilometers per liter. The result topped by a considerable margin the 70 vehicle models entered into the testing by 21 automotive companies operating in the Philippines.

"Isuzu Philippines sold 3,966 D-MAX units in 2016, with deliveries rising 27.3 percent when compared to the model's sales result in 2015. This growth, which is in lockstep with the pace of commercial vehicle demand in the country, was fueled largely by the continuous upgrades that the D-MAX has received. The introduction of the new X-Series line is meant to sustain the D-MAX's upward trajectory," Koso said.

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