Australian Ute owners will be pleased to know the bulletproof 4JJ1 3.0-litre turbo-diesel lives on, with a power boost from the current model’s 130kW/430Nm output to 140kW/450Nm.
The new D-Max should also prove more capable off-road, with the standard inclusion of a rear differential lock. Wading depth has also increased from 600mm to 800mm, equal now with the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50.
The cabin of the D-Max has been totally redesigned with an emphasis on design and cohesion. The dashboard has a swoopier design than before, and the air-conditioning controls are now toggle switches instead of dials. Even the gear selector gets a nice new look, employing a glossy, black finish at the top and a leather shift boot. With its larger dimensions, expect more room inside too. Frankly, it now has a vibe that can better compete with the rest of the segment.
There is also a new 9-inch or 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.