Isuzu Ute has revealed an addition  to its latest D-Max  range with  an entry level 1.9 litre turbo diesel single cab chassis 4×2 version hitting Australian roads this month.

The D-MAX SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 model  is priced from $29,990 drive away powered by Isuzu’s new RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine, and is aimed as a pragmatic choice for tradesmen, commercial operators and fleet drivers for prioritising maximum payload, fuel efficiency and low operating costs according to the company.

“Born out of necessity, the humble tray-back utility has been the driving force across Australian farms and worksites for decades and we are proud to have been part of that,” said Isuzu UTE Australia Managing Director, Hiroyasu Sato.

“Our updated SX Single Cab Chassis ushers in a new turbo-diesel engine option that is engineered to maximise efficiency and mileage, all bundled up with a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistance technologies as standard across the entire range,” he added.

The SX Single Cab Chassis has, like the rest of the D-MAX range, has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, as a result of its suite of electronic driver safety and assistance technologies which Isuzu calls its ‘Intelligent Driver Assistance System’ (IDAS).

Headlining the list of standard IDAS technologies with motorist, pedestrian and cyclist detection is Autonomous Emergency Braking with Turn Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, 8-airbags including a knee and centre-airbag (far-side airbag) and many more potentially life-saving features.

As part of the IDAS suite, all 22MY D-MAX feature the new Lane Support System Switch, located on the steering wheel. This allows the driver the ability to toggle all Lane Support Systems—Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, and Emergency Lane Keeping—on-or-off, by pressing and holding the switch for two seconds.

The single cab chassis 4×2 is fitted with hard wearing, wipe-down vinyl floor and hardwearing surfaces throughout the cabin’s main touch points, and is as utilitarian as they come, but still features the same high-level of standardised equipment as the rest of the SX range.

The cab chassis model comes with most of the gear that  the higher  spec 4×4 DMAXs but with more hardwearing materials continues throughout the cab, including the gear selector and steering wheel, which is also equipped with reach and rake adjustment but. Equipment including the centre dashboard 7-inch high-definition infotainment system, with voice recognition, DAB+ radio, and the latest smartphone mirroring with wired Android Auto and wired or wireless Apple CarPlay. Large air-conditioning air vents flank the infotainment touchscreen with the outer air vents both featuring the famed pop-out cup holders that have become synonymous with Isuzu vehicles.

IUA has made two turbo-diesel engine options available for the SX Single Cab Chassis, with the RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine which has evolved from the company’s much loved 3.0 turbo diesel, and which isuzu says, has earned its stripes in overseas markets for its robust nature and lower operating costs.

The engine delivers 110kW of power at 3,600pm and 350Nm of torque between 1,800-2,600rpm

Transmission choice comes down to either Isuzu’s MVL-6Y 6-speed manual or an Aisin-built AWE6B45 II 6-Speed automatic.

Isuzu claims the RZ4E-TC is the most efficient turbo-diesel engine it has ever introduced locally, with fuel consumption figures of 7.0 litres/100km on combined cycle testing, with a 76-litre diesel fuel tank, giving it a range of close to a 1,000kms.

 As part of the $29,990 drive away offer, the 1.9L SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Manual is fitted with Isuzu’s genuine economy alloy tray as standard.

Payload capacity for the SX Single Cab 1.9-litre is claimed as the best in the segment, at 1,405kg for the Cab Chassis manual and 1,380kg for the automatic. That is even better than the 3.0-litre SX Single Cab Chassis model (1300kg auto/1305kg man). The GVM remains the same across the D-MAX 4×2 range, at 3,000kg, while the GCM comes in at 5,850kg for the 3.0lt SX single cab chassis, and 5,300kg for the 1.9 ltr. manual and 5,500kg for the auto. That gives  1.9 litr. manual a braked towing capacity of  2,800kg and 3,000kg for the automatic model. That is 500kg down on the bigger 3.0ltre powered D-MAX  but all  models have a 750kg unbraked capacity.

Isuzu has revealed  that he new models will be available from the 4th January and can  can be optioned in a selection of finishes, including Mineral White, Basalt Black mica, Cobalt Blue mica, Mercury Silver metallic, and Obsidian Grey metallic. Recommended retail pricing, excluding on road costs is $29,990 for the entry 4×2 1.9 litre manual,  the SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 Auto 1.9-litre at $33,200, the SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 manual 3.0-litre turbo-diesel $33,200 and the SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 auto 3.0-litre  at $35,200