All-New 2013 Isuzu D-Max Launched In Malaysia—Prices Start From Just RM70k
It’s certainly taken a while, but the all-new Isuzu D-Max is finally here in Malaysia. Priced from RM69,799 to RM100,689, the new 2013 Isuzu D-Max comes to us in five variants: a 4x2 2.5-litre, a 4x2 2.5-litre VGS, and three 4x4 2.5-litre VGS turbo diesels.
Re-engineered for improved levels of comfort, handling and performance, Isuzu is on the belief that the D-Max is the 4x4 to convert sedan drivers into truckers.
The new engine brought forward to power the majority of the new variants of Isuzu D-Max models is the 2.5-litre four-cylinder VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbo diesel. Maximum torque output from the engine sees a total of 320Nm offered between 1,800 to 2,800RPM; there is also an impressive 136PS (100kW) on tap. The new engine is poised to consume less fuel and produce more performance compared to the out-going 3.0-litre.
Only the entry-level 4x2 Direct Injection Diesel Turbo Double Cab receives a non-VGS engine.
Of the five new Isuzu D-Max variants made available, only the range-topping version gets a five-speed automatic, where the rest get five-speed manual boxes. The automatic transmission features an overdrive top gear complete with a torque converter lock-up that improves fuel-efficiency on highway drives.
The new design of the Isuzu D-Max stems from the philosophy of producing a 4x4 that’s bolder, more aggressive and fluidic. With customer feedback thrown in to the mix, the front end sees the addition of more rounded edges, new headlamps designed to flow with the bodywork, and an overall more assertive, dynamic look.
At the rear, the tail lamps now feature LEDs for improved luminosity and lifespan. The overall design of the car is a solution to finding more function to follow form, with the Isuzu D-Max proving to be one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicles in its class; a drag coefficient 5% less than any of its competitors make for better fuel consumption on longer highway journeys.
There is particularly more room inside the new and improved cabin. The “SUV-like” interior – as Isuzu claims – offer more spaciousness, comfort and refinement; door cards, flat floors and more room under the dashboard help to create this.
The instrument cluster now features brighter displays with electro-luminescent meters that offer the driver a fresh look at all that’s going on with the car. Also on the instrument cluster, is a multi-information display panel that makes its way into the Isuzu D-Max, and features information such as fuel-consumption figures, remaining range and average speeds.
The center console now has a rotary dial that simplifies the operation of the 4x4 system – you need only turn the dial in either direction to switch between 4x2 and 4x4 modes; the selection from 4x2 to 4x4 High range can be made even while driving up to 100km/h.
In the cabin, you will also find a Premium Audio System; six speakers that offer quality surround sound tunes unlike any other within its class. Music controls are also located on the steering wheel, and can be easily swapped between Bluetooth connectivity and mobile phone pairing.
The Isuzu D-Max also comes equipped with some pretty impressive safety features to meet Euro-NCAP safety standards. Passengers at the front enjoy dual airbags – not enough for the entire cabin, in our opinion – while rear passengers have three-point safety seatbelts.
Through its new chassis design, Isuzu have also greatened the structural integrity of its 4x4 to better handle crashes and whiplash as a result.
Active safety features in the Isuzu D-Max include an Isuzu Gravity Response Intelligent Platform, which helps the D-Max maintain a more predictable posture amidst difficult driving conditions – something that was demonstrated at the launch event (see photos).
Other active safety features include Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution).
If you liked the out-going model, you’re going to love the all-new 2013 Isuzu D-Max. It is probably the best-looking vehicle in its class, it’s more spacious, comfortable and convenient, it improves on its awesome fuel-efficiency, and is more powerful than before despite the smaller capacity engine.
The new 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine with VSG makes a good amount of power, and when paired with the implemented aerodynamics makes for a truck that doesn’t just do well off-road, but excels equally on-road.
Isuzu has boldly suggested that the D-Max is a truck that will see drivers move away from their sedans and head towards the 4x4, and it plans to achieve through its starting price of RM69,799 (note that this is for the 4x2 non-VSG base model).
Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre Direct Injection Diesel Turbo 4x2 Double Cab (MT): RM69,799
Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre VGS 4x2 Double Cab Hi RIDE (MT): RM79,899
Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre VGS 4x4 Double Cab (MT-L): RM85,499
Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre VGS 4x4 Double Cab (MT): RM94,619
Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre VGS 4x4 Double Cab (AT): RM100,689
SPECS: 2013 Isuzu D-Max
Engine: 2.5-litre Diesel Turbo/ 2.5-litre VGS turbo diesel
transmission: five-speed manual/ five-speed automatic
Drive: 4x2/ 4x4
Power: 136PS, 320Nm of torque
Key Features: Great styling, more spaciousness and refinement, more powerful VSG engine with better fuel consumption, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control