The Isuzu D-Max has proven a bit of a surprise success story since being launched in 2008.
Based on the same platform as the old Holden Rodeo the first series D-Max was seen by some as an outdated offering that would struggle against the more established ute brands such as Holden, Toyota and Mazda.
But the D-Max has been a hit not only with tradies and farmers but among families too.
Isuzu have also managed to sell D-Max utes to Australian mining companies who were impressed by its ability to cope with the tough conditions and rough treatment that mine vehicles have to contend with.
The new second generation is said to be just as tough and rugged but Isuzu says safety, performance and comfort have been improved.
The new D-Max starts from $27,200 for the 4×2 cab-chassis ranging up to $51,700 for a 4×4 dual-cab.
Every D-Max will be fitted with a 3.0 litre common rail turbo diesel engine which produces 130kW and 380Nm.
Standard features include air-conditioning and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity while comfort has been improved by stretching inside cabin dimensions and the inclusion of improved seats.
But is the D-Max still tough?
Well according to Isuzu its even tougher than its predecessor thanks to improved suspension and a brand new stiffer chassis with improved cross-bracing.
The new D-Max will be in your local Isuzu dealership from July 2, we look forward to bringing you a review soon.