The much-awaited 4×4 variant has finally arrived, giving fits to the competition!
Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) made its first online launch with the new D-Max Boondock 4×4, in response to the ‘new normal’ brought by the pandemic with its new ‘Live Life Differently’ campaign.
For those unfamiliar, the term ‘Boondock’ derives from the Filipino word ‘bundok’, meaning mountain. Isuzu has offered Boondock special editions for its D-Max models since 2009, alluding to its purpose to conquer the most dangerous of terrain.
Using the current LS-A 4×4 model as base, the new Boondock uses a 3.0L BluePower diesel engine, producing 177 horsepower at 3600 rpm and 380Nm of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
The niceties offered in the new Boondock are the same as with the old 4×2 Booncok model, including 18-inch black alloy wheels on chunky 265/70 Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires, and a off-road suspension setting with performance monotube shock absorbers which allow for 247mm of ground clearance. Steel side steps with a honeycomb design allows for easier access and cleaning. Other design features include a front grille and bumper design finished in grey, roof rails, a cargo bed extender, rocker panels, a front skid plate and a bed liner.
To make the new Boondock look more purposeful, a large mountain graphic is installed on both sides of the truck, which pays tribute to Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak.
Other features include automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio unit, an 8 inch infotainment system with Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity, a push-start system, as well as reverse camera.
Available colours include Red Spinel, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, and Silky Pearl White.
The new D-Max Boondock 4x4 starts at PHP1,725,000 for the manual and PHP1,795,000 for the automatic versions, but you can get them with IPC’s new introductory P95,000 discount until the end of June.
Text by Alain Louise Geronimo