At the same time, Isuzu Malaysia also kicked off the D-Max Breaking Boundaries test drive campaign that runs until May 31 at authorised Isuzu showrooms where visitors can get to know the new model up close, as well as get exclusive Isuzu merchandise giveaways and a chance to win cash prizes.
Nakamura (left) and Suzuki with the top-of-the-line D-Max X-Terrain variant.
The new line-up, which has a 5-star Asean NCAP safety rating, comes with 4X4 drivetrain in single or double cab bodystyles, six-speed manual or automatic transmission and 1.9-litre or 3.0-litre turbodiesel Blue Power engines.
On the road-without insurance prices for private registration in Peninsular Malaysia are:
- D-Max 1.9L Single Cab (MT) RM88,599.20,
- D-Max 3.0L Single Cab (MT) RM95,538.40,
- D-Max 1.9L Double Cab Standard (MT) RM99,599.20,
- D-Max 1.9L Double Cab Standard (AT) RM106,999.20,
- D-Max 1.9L Double Cab Premium (AT) RM121,549.20,
- D-Max 3.0L Double Cab Premium (AT) RM128,038.40, and
- D-Max 3.0L Double Cab X-Terrain RM141,938.40
All D-Max variants enjoy a five-year or 150,000km warranty while the X-Terrain enjoys a class-leading seven-year unlimited mileage warranty.
The 3.0-litre (4JJ3-TCX) engine has been improved and now delivers 13PS more at 190PS and 70Nm more torque at 450Nm.
The engine also reaches its flat torque curve earlier at 1,600rpm compared with 1,800rpm previously.
Among the upgrades were high pressure common rail fuel injection system, electronically controlled high efficiency variable geometry turbo, and new piston and combustion chamber design.
Meanwhile, the 1.9-litre (RZ4E-TC) engine still produces the same 150PS and 350Nm of torque, gets a new turbocharger for better responsiveness and improved top-end performance.
The new generation D-Max employs a new ladder frame that offers improved stiffness and strength to ensure better handling and durability.
Its new suspension configuration and a longer wheelbase that allows the engine bulk to be located further behind the front wheels, the result is a more dynamic handling and comfortable ride.
The flagship 3.0L X-Terrain variant comes with exclusive features including remote engine start, rear differential lock, wet wiper system, brown leather seats with eight-way electronic adjustment including lumbar support, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen panel that incorporates Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay and an Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS).
The ADAS has Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Turn Assist, Pedal Misapplication Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop & go function, Automatic High Beams (AHB), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Manual Speed Limiter (MSL) and Multi-Collision Brake that applies the brakes should any of the seven airbags be deployed.
The X-Terrain comes exclusively in Valencia Orange or Sapphire Blue while other variants are available in Silky White Pearl, Mercury Silver, Onyx Black and Splash White.
Isuzu Malaysia CEO Koji Nakamura said Isuzu engineers spent years developing and over four million kilometres in testing the new model to achieve the best Isuzu D-Max they have ever created.
"They then added the soft touches and high-tech features to satisfy the discerning owners who desire comfort and sophistication in their modern day vehicles," he said.
Isuzu Malaysia Light Commercial Vehicle Division COO Masayuki Suzuki said the all-new D-Max has found many new fans in all the markets it had been launched.
"It appears to be the case here too in Malaysia where we have garnered over 1,000 bookings even before its official launch today.
"With the strong interest in the all-new D-Max, I believe that our target of 6,400 units this year will be achievable,” he said.
For details, logon to the D-Max website at pickuptruck.isuzu.net.my/