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Isuzu made quite a splash with the announcement details about its new D-Max Ute. It offered segment-leading safety, a huge leap in refinement and virtually no loss of capability. It comes standard with the aforementioned safety equipment, which includes turn assist to prevent you from crossing into other vehicles' paths.
A centre airbag is also available for the first time in an ute. It is made with cutting-edge technology and has a large high-resolution 9-inch screen to the infotainment system, leather steering wheel, gear knob, and electric lumbar support for drivers.
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It also includes dual zone air-conditioning with rear vents and rear park sensors, which is one of the few safety features not included in the standard features. Thanks to leather and premium cloth upholstery, the interior is luxurious and has a unique feel that's not possible in dual cabs. The interface is well-designed and intuitive.
The big infotainment screen takes center stage. Some slick graphics enhance the premium feel. It felt as if there was only one thing missing: keyless entry and begin. The rear head space is adequate and the legroom for a dual-cab is decent. Given that the D-Max was a rather agricultural-oriented vehicle, a lot of emphasis was given to reducing noise, vibration, and harshness.
It has been greatly improved, but not to the best-in-segment level, but to match most dual-cab competitors. At idle, noise suppression is effective but not as well under acceleration. It is possible to feel vibrations through the footwell and steering wheels at times, but this is not always noticeable, especially at low speeds.
The suspension is dampened enough to not be too harsh. It is easy to see the lightness of the steering, it requires less strength to park than any other car on the market.