The Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck range has been updated locally, with the refreshed 2019MY version now packing a host of new and improved features all around, a mild nip-tuck, as well as gaining a brand new engine option in the mix too.
Like before, the D-Max will come in three main variants starting with the single-cab commercial workhorse, followed by both basic-spec and premium-spec double-cab variants. In total, the range boasts 11 trimlines to choose from.
There are two engine choices present, followed by three transmission types (5MT, 6MT and 6AT), not forgetting the option between 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains setups too.
On the subject of engines, this update finally sees Isuzu Malaysia introducing its much-lauded and innovative 1.9-litre Ddi BluePower 4cyl turbo-diesel mill locally, replacing the 2.5-litre turbo-diesel option Isuzu Malaysia offered prior.
Though small in displacement, the new BluePower mill’s ability at delivering respectable 150PS and 350Nm of twist, the latter from as low as 1,800rpm, plus its claimed 8 litres/100km combined fuel economy figure, sees it sitting on par with other larger-sized turbo-diesel mills common in this segment.
Crucially, Isuzu spent 3,500 hours bench-testing the 1.9-litre unit to ensure acceptance of both Euro2M diesel and B20 biodiesel fuels. The former was granted thanks to the addition of a pre-fuel filter that’s included as part of the maintenance regime.
Compatibility with B20 biodiesel, on the other hand, which is set for market release mandated by the government circa 2020, will be granted via a simple hardware fix provided by Isuzu Malaysia.
The 1.9-litre Ddi powerplant aside, the second engine choice offered alongside it is the familiar 3.0-litre 4cyl turbo-diesel unit. Carried over from the pre-facelift version, this will go on to power the range-topping double-cab variant exclusively.
Crucially too, safety has been enhanced as all variants and trimlines are now equipped with ABS + EBD & BA, Hill-Start Assist (HSA) and Hill-Descent Control (HDC), as well as both traction (TCS) and stability (ESC) control suite as standard.
Opt for any of the premium double-cab variants and the features list sees the addition of things like bi-LED headlamps, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, not forgetting a novel new Android-powered infotainment touchscreen amongst many others.
Lastly, Isuzu Malaysia will offer a special 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty coverage plus an 8-year or 80,000km (six-year/60,000 km for single cab) free maintenance package exclusively for orders placed before 31st October 2019.
Orders placed after that will only benefit with Isuzu Malaysia’s usual 5-year or 150,000km warranty coverage plan that’s bundled in the D-Max’s sale price which, depending on variant and trimline, ranges from RM85,799 to RM120,838.