The CV Show fell in the week that I road tested the D-Max Yukon. Isuzu announced at the show that the D-Max range would now fall into three categories, the second of which is the All-Purpose Range, which encompasses the Eiger, Yukon & Utah models. Two years after the brand unveiled it’s new 1.9 diesel engine, William Brown at Isuzu explained that Isuzu had done this to simplify the range in customers eyes.
“This range re-assignment means we can put clear water between our product offerings, increase relevancy and better match the needs of our various target audiences. It also broadens Isuzu D-Max appeal for those at from 100% workhorse customer to more lifestyle based customers.The revised range naming convention better matches a more fragmented pick-up market with a wider customer typology.
So, the Yukon now sits third in range of six D-Max models plus a seventh the specialist AT35. It too is fitted with the range’s 1.9 litre turbo diesel engine which produces 164 PS & 360 Nm of torque. The smaller 1.9 engine which has replaced the old 2.5 version, retains the 3.5 tonne towing capacity & over 1 tonne payload, whilst providing a quieter, more refined & economical driving experience. Another key benefit is that the new engine meets Euro 6 standards without the need for the addition of AdBlue.
As per previous D-Max models, Shift-On-The-Fly 4×4 is a key feature of the D-Max. The rotary dial allows the driver to select four-wheel drive on the move & is also equipped with low range gears.
We’ve had the opportunity to spend time in all of the D-Max models now & like the entry level Utility & range topping Blade, the Yukon does exactly what it say on the tin.
The Yukon is priced from £22,194 (CVOTR + VAT), is offered with 18″ alloys, a reversing camera, silver side steps, colour coded bumpers & a 7″ multifunction touchscreen. And that’s not all. LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, leather steering wheel mounted audio & cruise controls, Hill Start Assist, Variable Hill Descent Control, Bluetooth® connectivity, 8 speakers, power windows & air conditioning.
Furthermore, the D-Max comes with a five-year / 125,000-mile warranty & was the first pick-up in the UK to be offered with such a comprehensive peace-of-mind package. Running costs are kept down by 12,000-mile or 24-month service intervals, five years’ roadside rescue & recovery including European cover, a three-year paint warranty & a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
The key design changes with the latest D-Max over it’s predecessor include a new front bumper, bonnet, grille & headlights with LED daytime running lights. The front of the pick-up has a wedge-shape which delivers a more aerodynamic silhouette & the roof has been designed to reduce drag by 0.4% versus 15MY D-Max by directing airflow over the tailgate, thereby improving fuel economy, performance & the level of cabin noise.
At the rear, the tailgate has been reshaped with a spoiler design moulded into the top section and features a newly designed handle. A full size spare wheel is now standard on all versions, previously optional on Double Cab models.
The interior of the new-generation D-Max has also been improved.The instrument panel has been redesigned with an updated central display & clearer font. Manual transmission models come equipped with a gear shift indicator to assist drivers with achieving optimal fuel economy. Yukon offer’s twin a USB ports within the AM-FM Radio. Extended & Double Cab variants are equipped with flexible rear seats that have a folding base, fold flat and also split 60/40.
Whilst the Yukon looks more aggressive than entry model Utility, it’s not as in-your-face as the Blade. or new XTR. The piano black cabin of the D-Max is well laid out & I found all of the controls easy & comfortable to use. The quality inside is good too, with all of the fixtures & fittings made of sturdy plastics. The seat cloth too feels hard wearing, but being mid-ranged, you won’t find too much in the way of soft-touch finishes in the cabin.
Both driver & passenger have plenty of room. The drivers seat only adjusts fore & aft, but I was still able to get comfortable in there. Storage is good, with two water storage pop-outs in the dashboard, two decent sized door pockets & a useful glove-box. On top of the dash there’s also a pop-up storage area & above your head drop-down storage to put your sunglasses as well. You can get 3 adults in the rear, but whoever sits in the centre seat may not want to be there for long as the rear passenger ride, as with all pick-ups, especially when unladen, is bouncy.
Access to the rear via the tailgate is straightforward. Driving in town is okay, although the manual gear change is a bit clunky & the heavy power steering makes parking in tight spaces a bit of a chore. On the open road on either the motorway or A roads, the Yukon is a more enjoyable place to be. Acceleration is not to the fore, but once up to motorway speed the Yukon will happily keep up with fast-moving traffic.
For those of you who want to keep an eye on the pennies, fuel economy in the Yukon is a claimed 40.4 mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 183g/km. Both of these are lower than on the old 2.5 model. In a week & about 300 miles of mixed urban & motorway driving, I managed to achieve an acceptable to me anyway, 35.3 mpg. This was better than I have achieved in the more bigger engines fitted to the Ford Ranger, VW Amarok or Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Whilst even Isuzu have seen the lifestyle customer targeted with their new XTR, the Yukon will work extremely well for someone who wants their pick-up to be first & foremost a pick up, although personally, I would specify the auto box on my D-Max, just to make day to day living that bit easier.
In detail, the D-Max 1.9 litre 164 ps turbo diesel engine offers maximum torque of 360 Nm @ 2,000 – 2,500 rpm & is Euro 6 compliant. Top speed is 112 mph. The turning circle is 12.2 metres on 17″ tyres. The D-Max measures 5.295 m long by 1.860 m wide & is 1.795 m high. Ground clearance is 235 mm. Wheelbase is 3.095 m. The fuel tank holds 69 litres. The rear load bay is 1.552 m x 1.530 m x 46.5 cm with a maximum payload of 1101 kg.
As we’ve said on these page before, the range of pick-up’s that Isuzu offer’s is both more extensive & better value for money than most of it’s competitors, offering a pick-up for all budgets. The Yukon is a happy medium, between the basic Utility & bonkers AT35 within the D-Max range. Like all of the D-Max’s we’ve driven, if you want value for money, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s gold in them hills 3.5/5