The pick-up market is going through something of a renaissance, with three of the biggest names in the sector all launching new models and others primed to join the party.
The Nissan Navara NP300, Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux have all taken the plaudits for moving the rugged vehicle game on, while the Volkswagen Amarok has had a facelift and its engine uprated to a 3.0-litre V6 diesel unit.
Waiting in the wings is the Renault Alaskan and Fiat Fullback which are set to join the fray in 2017, while Mercedes-Benz has also previewed its idea of a pick-up with the X-Class, meaning that buyers have never been so spoilt for choice - making it doubly strange that we are driving one near the end of its production cycle.
The Isuzu D-Max has been around since 2012, and while the name is synonymous with rugged workhorses, some of the newer kids on the block are starting to make the model look a little archaic.
Nonetheless, we are trying the range-topper, priced at £31,141, which Isuzu maintains is the premium pick-up of choice, with enough luxury and features to stand out from the more workaday options.
The Isuzu D-Max range is split into two – the Utility range consisting of four predominantly workhorse models, mainly distinguished by their bodystyles – a two- and four-wheel drive single cab, an extended cab and a double cab variants.