Tow Like You've Never Towed Before
WRITTEN BY: David Wilson
Hauling your van, boat or trailer has never been simpler—or safer—than with the new-generation Isuzu D-MAX: the ultimate towing machine.
Never before has towing been as easy as it is with the new-generation D-MAX. The new super-beaut super ute is a cut above everything else in its class thanks to a more refined and powerful turbo-diesel engine—and the highest level of standardised safety and convenience equipment seen in a ute.
The D-MAX has always been a willing performer. Isuzu’s truck heritage is a huge advantage when it comes to durability. The latest iteration of the renowned 3.0-litre engine, 4JJ3-TCX takes diesel refinement to new levels, being both quieter and more powerful. Gorgeous torque oozes from the powertrain: 450Nm-worth and governed by a six-speed auto or manual gearbox, recalibrated in the case of the auto to be a sweet shifter. Accordingly, that 4JJ3 stays ‘in the zone’ at all times.
The genuine Isuzu towbar for D-MAX now has the capacity to incorporate a genuine weight distribution hitch (WDH) if and when required. Like a young Skywalker, the idea of a WDH is about restoring balance to the force. In short, when you load a van or trailer on the back of a vehicle you want both to be sitting level, ideally with the original mass over the front wheels. That way neither steering nor braking is compromised. The tow package includes an intelligent wiring loom. It’s so smart that it can detect when a trailer plug is inserted and whether you’ve left the hitch in-situ, preventing the rear parking and proximity sensors alerting you to a problem that doesn’t exist. Even better, the genuine article can come with a genuine electric brake controller, so whether you’re lugging a large or a light one, if your tow is braked, you’ll be able to stop it. You can dial up its sensitivity from inside the cab with the controller and I can vouch for its effectiveness.