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Isuzu D-MAX DIESEL 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto

Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
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Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto
Isuzu D-MAX 1.9 Blade Double Cab 4x4 Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG36.20
  • 0-62mph13 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02205 g/km
  • BHP
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D%


If you'd like an Isuzu D-Max pick-up, then the chances are that you'd like a very well-equipped and stylish one. A model in fact, like this Blade version, which offers a smarter interior and extra equipment. As before, it comes with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed auto transmission and either a roller top cover or a full leisure canopy. Plus you get eighteen-inch alloy wheels, side steps, tinted windows, heated leather seats, a DAB stereo and a touch screen nav system. You get a very plush pick-up indeed then, yet one that, priced from under £27,000 [ex VAT] , isn't too much of an indulgence.

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The ultimate 'Blade' version of Isuzu's D-Max pick-up is the flagship variant in the standard range. Jonathan Crouch drives the improved version.


Isuzu's D-Max has carved itself a useful niche in the pick-up market, mainly thanks to the way its brand has listened and responded to the needs of likely buyers. Take this version, the Blade. It was first introduced in early 2014 to demonstrate the lifestyle potential of this pick-up, a whole host of extras included at an attractive asking price. Customers liked the proposition, so Isuzu has further refined it into the form we look at here, which now delivers arguably the smartest cabin in the class, along with a few little extra touches to make ownership feel that little bit more special. Will it all be enough to convert the undecided? If not, it's hard to see what more Isuzu could have done.

Driving Experience

This Blade model gets the same fuel efficient 1.9-litre twin-turbo common rail diesel engine as you'll find fitted across the rest of the D-Max range, offered with a choice of either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. This advanced Euro5-compliant unit generates 164PS along with a lusty 360Nm of torque at just 1,400 rpm. Get off the beaten track and, as usual with this model, you've the flexibility of a clever 'shift-on-the-fly' system, allowing the driver to adjust between two and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 60mph. The front suspension arrangement is a proven independent double wishbone with coil-spring set-up, while the rear suspension is made up of leaf-springs installed above a special long span rear axle. Tough and fit for purpose in other words, though Isuzu also claims this system to offer better driving comfort. Under the skin, as with the brand's previous pick-ups, the D-Max is built on a rugged ladder-framed chassis, but the similarities end there. The i-GRIP (or 'Isuzu Gravity Responsive Intelligent Platform') underpinnings of the D-Max are 42% stiffer than those of this model's predecessor, the Rodeo, helped by improved cross bracing at the rear, which offers superior stability under load and when towing. On that subject, you get a 3.5-tonne (braked) towing capacity, to go with a payload capacity of 1,000kg.

Design and Build

The D-Max Blade certainly looks the part, offering those who want a leisure-oriented pick-up something that's has some genuine visual impact. Those eighteen-inch six-spoke alloy wheels help here, and they're shod with some meaty-looking 255/60-18 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tyres. The front grille is finished in a sleek dark grey tone that matches those wheels, while the door handles and roof bars are painted in black, as are the folding door mirrors. Even the heavy-duty side steps haven't gone too big in chrome. Two paint colour choices are offered. The 'Pearl White' finish looks clean, but the Blade definitely looks meanest in mica Cosmic black. A priority in updating the Blade package was to introduce a classier feel to the cabin and you certainly get that with the upgraded Piano Black interior with its smart roof lining. The cab remains sturdy and practical though, if far from basic with its branded mats and smart scuff plates. It also helps that the D-Max design is in many respects quite stylish in its own right, the circle of minor controls on the centre stack for example, reminiscent of a Mazda RX-8 sportscar, plus a couple of ventilation 'ears' at the top of the fascia that aren't a million miles away from contemporary Ford design. Ease of use has also been thoroughly thought through, with wheel-mounted controls, big clear dials, easy access to the most important switches and a comfortable raised driving position. Move rearwards and there's even a decent amount of rear seat legroom, which isn't always the case with doublecabs like this one.

Market and Model

The Blade slots in at the top of a D-Max line-up that sees potential buyers otherwise choose between 'Utility', 'Eiger', 'Yukon' and Utah' derivatives. For a Blade model, you're looking at an asking price of around £27,000, around £3,000 more than its 'Utah' stablemate, the next model down. That seems pretty reasonable given the extra equipment delivered here. There's a £1,000 premium if you choose the option of automatic transmission. In return for that outlay, you get an awful lot. Tinted windows, a 9-inch multi-function touchscreen, a remote locking lower tailgate, Blade puddle lamps, front and rear parking sensors and a colour-coded Aeroklas canopy or sports bar with roller cover. Plus there are all the features you'd get on the lesser 'Utah' variant, including keyless entry with push button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, roof bars, leather upholstery with heated front seats, rear parking sensors and automatic air conditioning. Options include a bonnet protector, a loadbay bed rug, trendy lazer lights and a spare wheel bag.

Practicalities and Costs

On to the loading practicalities for this double cab bodystyle. At around 5.3m long, this is certainly a pretty large vehicle, so you won't be surprised to retract the sturdy drop-down tailgate (which can only retract to horizontal level because of the chunky bumper) and find a pretty substantial cargo area on offer. You'll find a space 1485mm long, 1530mm wide and 465mm in depth - easily big enough for a euro pallet which can slide in the 1110mm-wide space between the wheelarches. On to running costs. This D-Max's efficient common-rail Euro 6-compliant 1.9-litre unit can return around 40mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and the CO2 emissions figure is a very respectable 163g/km for the manual model. To help, there's a dual Exhaust Gas Recirculation system to cut down on NOx Nitrogen Oxide emissions. What else? Servicing is every 12,000 miles or 24 months. There's also three years of roadside recovery and assistance, a three-year paint warranty and six years of anti-corrosion cover. Plus you get a five-year / 125,000-mile transferable warranty which helps beef up those residuals and reinforces the reputation for durability and ruggedness for which Isuzu pick-ups have become renowned. Not that you're likely to need it. In development, this design underwent over four million kilometres of endurance testing, the equivalent of 100 times round the world.


This D-Max Blade shows what a complete product Isuzu can now offer in the lifestyle end of the growing pick-up segment. It's certainly hard to think of anything else you could add to it. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels, a DAB stereo, sat nav, climate control, heated leather seats, mica paintwork, a choice of a cannopy or a roll-top to keep your gear safe - it's all there in the asking price. Before you go shopping elsewhere, start totting up those sorts of extras from the options list and then you might start appreciating what the D-Max Blade offers. Who says you can't have it all?

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Exterior Features
Mica paint
Black mountain top roller cover
Black rear bumper
Body colour bumpers
Chrome door handles
Cosmic black door mirrors
Dark grey front grille
Electric door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Folding, heated and black door mirrors with side indicator repeaters
Front fog lights
Gun metal side steps
Heated rear windscreen
Illuminated aluminium door sill covers
Illuminated door entry guards
Integrated fuel filler cap
LED Daytime running lights
LED rear lights
Projector headlamps
Puddle lights in door mirrors
Rear fog lights
Rear underrun protection
Security etched glass
Shark's fin antenna
Silver roof bars
Tailgate damper
Tinted windows
Trailer stabilty assist
Trailer sway control
Under-rail bed liner
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth connectivity
Cruise control
Door open warning light
Front parking aid
Low fuel warning light
Multi-function Display
Rear parking sensor
Reversing camera
Satellite navigation system
Seatbelt warning indicator
Trip computer
9 speakers
9" touchscreen and alpine audio system
Apple Carplay/Android Auto
Audio controls mounted on steering wheel
Digital radio (DAB)
Front USB connection
HDMI port
Rear USB connection
Interior Features
3 spoke leather steering wheel
Automatic air conditioning
Carpet covered floor
Driver and passenger grab handles on A pillars
Driver's footrest
Front and rear carpet mats
Front centre console with armrest
Front cupholders
Front door pockets with bottle holder
Front seat back map pockets
Front sun visors with vanity mirror on passenger side
Heated front seats
Height adjustable drivers seat
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable rear headrest
Height adjustable steering wheel
Illuminated footwell
Leather upholstery
Map reading lights
Overhead sunglasses holder
Pollen filter
Rear cup holders
Rear door bottle holders
Rear heater duct
Rear seat centre armrest
Rear seat with fold flat facility and 60/40 split seatback
Underseat storage compartment
2 rear isofix child seat mountings
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Child proof rear door locks
Curtain airbags
Driver and passenger airbag
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Side airbags
Keyless entry and push button start system
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
2 x 12V power outlets
Brake assist
Brake override system
Hill Descent Control
Hill start assist
Traction control
18" alloy wheels
Full size spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO2 205
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Automatic Transmission Yes
Bore 80
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1898
Compression Ratio 15.9:1
Cooling System WATER
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Codes RZ4E
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Fuel Type DIESEL
Gears 6 SPEED
Manual Transmission No
Number of Valves 16
Stroke 94.4
Valve gear DOHC
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Yes
EC Combined 36.2
EC Extra Urban 40.9
EC Urban 30.4
Alternator Amps 90
Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern? No
Badge Engine CC 1.9
Badge Power 164
Battery Volts 12
Front Suspension TORSION BAR
Ghost model for valuation purposes No
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
Rear Brakes DRUM
Rear Suspension LEAF SPRINGS
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 12000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes No
Vehicle Homologation Class N1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 13
BHP 164
Engine Power KW 121
Engine Power RPM 3600
Engine Torque LBS.FT 266
Engine Torque MKG 36.7
Engine Torque NM 360
Engine Torque RPM 2000
Top Speed 112
Alloys? Yes
Automatic Clutch Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 255/60 R18
Tyre Size Rear 255/60 R18
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Front Overhang 905
Height 1795
Length 5295
Load Length 1485
Load Width 1530
Rear Overhang 1295
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.2
Wheelbase 3095
Width (excluding mirrors) 1860
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 76
Gross Train Weight 6000
Gross Vehicle Weight 3050
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 3500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1943
No. of Seats 5
Payload 1107
Plated 2nd Axle 1870
Plated Front Axle 1350


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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
13 pin electrical socket with towbar £277.50
Aluminium guard kit £1,152.00
Bonnet protector £174.00
Colour coded Aeroklas leisure canopy FOC
Front bumper and sports bar lazer lights £1,506.00
Front bumper lazer lights £588.00
Pearlescent paint £516.00
Sports bar lazer lights £972.00
Towbar preparation £312.00
Interior Features
Front and rear rubber floor mats £52.50
Front and rear rubber trays £69.00
Mica - Cosmic black FOC
Mica - Obsidian grey £516.00
Mica - Spinel red £516.00
Pearl - Pearl white £516.00
Leather - Black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated