Isuzu Malaysia has launched the facelifted D-Max that comes with a new 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine, and is joined by the current 3.0-litre in the range. To cater to a wider audience, there will be a total of 11 variants including Single and Double-Cab, Manual and Auto, Hi and Low-Ride, and Type-B (Basic) and Premium. The new 1.9-litre unit effectively replaces the 2.5-litre engine and is better in all aspects including weight, emissions, efficiency and power.
The 1.9-litre engine has been said to be revolutionary for Isuzu, and we couldn’t agree more. The engine was developed internally by Isuzu Motors in Japan and has a higher output of 150PS at 3,600 rpm (up by 10%) and 350 Nm of torque between 1,800 to 2,600 rpm (up by 9%) compared to the outgoing 2.5-litre engine. It is also mated to new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
What’s impressive with this is that while engine output has increased, tests conducted in Thailand show an improvement of 19% in fuel economy and a reduction in internal friction by 37% suggests less wear on engine components.
The results of the low fuel consumption and CO2 means that the 1.9-litre D-Max is the first pick-up truck in Malaysia to be certified based on UN Regulations 1010 with the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status by the Road Transport Department of Malaysia (JPJ).
All these translates to better cost savings in ownership for the 1.9-litre. Road tax is now 52% lower across the board in both Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak, costing RM 399.20 in Peninsular compared to RM 839.20 for the 2.5-litre.
Not forgetting the 3.0-litre variant which outputs 177PS and 380 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm mated to five-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
In terms of visual updates, the exterior now has a new front grille, headlights with bi-LED projectors and DRLs. Body decals, new 18-inch alloy rims and an optional tailgate assist function for easy opening and closing. Inside, the new D-Max gets new leather fabric seats, 8-inch Infotainment with GPS (depending on variant), and USB port on the rear centre compartment.
There’s also Hill Descent Control (HDC) for easier descending slopes, and a new Vehicle Launch Assist Control that increases initial torque on gradients of 25% or more. By including this, driving off will be quicker without suffering the effects of turbo lag when accelerating from idle.
The price range of the new D-Max is as follows:
Double-Cab Type B
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X2 Low-Ride (6 M/T) – RM 80,149
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X2 Hi-Ride (6 M/T) – RM 86,699
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X4 Hi-Ride (6 M/T) – RM 96,699
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X4 Hi-Ride (6 A/T) – RM 104,599
3.0 VGS Turbo 4X4 Hi-Ride (5 M/T) – RM 106,738
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X2 Hi-Ride (6 A/T) – RM 100,049
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X4 Hi-Ride (6 M/T) – RM 105,999
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X4 Hi-Ride (6 A/T) – RM 115,799
3.0L VGS Turbo 4X4 Hi-Ride (5 A/T) – RM 120,838
1.9L VGS Turbo 4X4 (6 M/T) – RM 85,799
3.0L VGS Turbo 4X4 (5 M/T) – RM 92,838
Those looking to purchase a new D-Max during the promotional period until 31st October 2019 will enjoy a special 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and a free maintenance package enjoyed over the next 8 years. Subject to terms and conditions.
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