Isuzu Partners Cummins, Possible Green Card For D-Max Truck?

Isuzu is not giving up. The Company aims to appear in the biggest truck stage in the world. Well, its D-Max pickup is pretty popular across the world. However, it can’t cope with American mid-size trucks. Also, the pickup can’t meet EPA requirements for emissions and safety. But, the new 2020 Isuzu D-Max has a new ace upon the sleeve.

The Japanese company is now a partner with Cummins. Two companies signed a contract before the summer. Their first product could be the new 2020 Isuzu D-Max. Cummins is going to deliver a new, cleaner source of power for the truck. This unit will meet all the requirements of US laws and buyers.

Although the agreement is not unveiling this, we are sure that appearance in the biggest truck market is the final goal. Still, fans in other parts of the world will benefit from this partnership. Cummins is a huge corporation, present in nearly 200 countries.

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2020 Isuzu D-Max Concept Spy Photos

Experts are sure the new 2020 Isuzu D-Max will start the new generation. The first images are already there to confirm big changes on the truck. However, spy shots can’t tell what is under the hood of the D-Max. However, the partnership was agreed recently, and we doubt that Isuzu is already testing Cummins diesel engines. Currently, the D-Max is using three different engines. All of them are using the same fuel. The only petrol drivetrain is available in Ecuador.

Cummins Engine

The company is producing a variety of engines for multiple sectors. For the pickup truck industry in the US, there are only huge V8 displacements available for Ram HD trucks (6.7-l) and Nissan Titan Warrior (5.0-Liter). The 2020 Isuzu D-Max doesn’t need so much power.

The company will probably aim 150 hp unit which can also produce 300-350 pound-feet of torque. This would fit the mid-size segment in the US, where Chevy Colorado is the only truck using a diesel engine. Its Duramax unit is capable to burst 180 hp and 370 lb-ft.

Isuzu x Cummins

What is 2020 Isuzu D-Max X-Series?

Do not mix up the 2020 Isuzu D-Max X-Series with the MU-X model (SUV). X-Series is the performance division of the company that works in Pacific Asia. This department is creating a sportier version of the D-Max truck, which should draw the attention of younger buyers.

The new D-Max X-Series for 2020 season will be available after the next-gen truck hits the market. This version is not going to use the Cummins power. It sticks to a 3.0-liter diesel engine with 177 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The lighter version comes with a 2.5-l mill and outputs of 135 horsepower and 235 pound-feet.

2020 Isuzu D-Max concept

2020 Isuzu D-Max USA Release Date

Now it is clear that Isuzu is becoming the serious contender to enter the US market. Well, the mid-size pickup truck segment is currently more popular than the crossover and SUV classes. The comeback of the Ford Ranger, Jeep’s launch of the Gladiator, and updates in GM and Toyota fleets are definitely drawing attention.

The 2020 Isuzu D-Max is not the only pickup that could explore the new market. Many other companies are also planning to build trucks. VW is a step close to the launch of Amarok/Atlas pickup, Hyundai has a Santa Cruz concept ready for production, and German premium brands BMW and Audi are also in the rumor mill.

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