The Isuzu 3.0L turbo diesel engine delivers a massive 430Nm of torque matched with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.  Using highly-advanced Isuzu common-rail diesel technology this balances the power with superior fuel efficiency. The end result is outstanding performance to tackle any hill, overtake on the freeway and tow what you like without constant visits to the fuel station. 

A D-MAX driving on the road A D-MAX driving on the road


The heart of D-MAX is the famous 3.0L Isuzu turbo diesel engine exclusive to the Isuzu range. The world’s most popular truck engine, in the skin of a ute.

3.0L Turbo Diesel

Isuzu are diesel specialists and the D-MAX is the only ute on the Australian market with this 3.0L engine under the bonnet - the same engine platform found in many Isuzu light trucks. 130kW of power and 430Nm of torque means you can rely on this turbo diesel engine to get the toughest jobs done with ease.

The exposed D-MAX engine under the bonnet The exposed D-MAX engine under the bonnet

6-Speed Transmission

Choose from either the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic transmission options. From crawling across a rocky embankment to cruising down the highway, the 6-speed manual gives you total flexibility in all situations.

Want the ute to do the work for you? Choose the 6-speed sequential automatic (which includes Rev-tronic sequential shifting if you do want to take control). Grade Logic technology keeps you in the correct gear when ascending and descending tough terrain.

manual and automatic transmission manual and automatic transmission


Accelerate and the D-MAX responds effortlessly, with the famous Isuzu engine producing 430Nm of torque for fast, smooth acceleration no matter what you're carrying or hauling.

Engine speed (rpm), torque (Nm), and output (kw) graph Engine speed (rpm), torque (Nm), and output (kw) graph


The D-MAX is built to tow without breaking a sweat. Load up the back with all your gear, hitch up a boat, caravan or trailer - take whatever, wherever. With 3.5 tonne towing+, the truck-based chassis of the D-MAX gives you the ability to tow pretty much anything you can throw at it.

A D-MAX towing a trailer through the water A D-MAX towing a trailer through the water


Diesel engines are 20-30% more efficient than petrol engines. The D-MAX is so fuel efficient because our engineers have decades of experience in commercial transport, where every litre counts.


Dirty, dusty off-road adventure is where the D-MAX really shines, with engineering and technology features that'll keep you going across all types of terrain.
  • +Braked towing capacity on 4x4 and 4x2 High Ride models when fitted with an optional Genuine Isuzu UTE tow bar kit.