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New Isuzu D-Max Launched – New 1.9 Engine, 11 Variants, RM80k to RM121k

Koji Nakamura & Masayuki Suzuki

 

Koji Nakamura & Masayuki Suzuki

For generations, Isuzu diesel engines have served with clockwork reliability and bulletproof dependability. Having produced some 25 million engines as the oldest automotive manufacturer in Japan, Isuzu proudly takes the leap into the future by introducing the new RZ4E, one of the most compact, efficient and robust diesel engines for pick-up trucks today.

Designed to meet future requirements for reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, the new 1898cc engine surpasses all its design parameters despite its small displacement by increasing engine performance, durability and better economy, lower NVH, lower friction and operating cost.

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The resulting breakthroughs, particularly in its low fuel consumption and CO2 led to the 1.9-litre Isuzu D-Max being the very first pick-up truck in the country to be certified based on UN Regulations 101 with the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status by the Road Transport Department of Malaysia (JPJ).

Deemed revolutionary by the CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Mr Koji Nakamura, the new Isuzu D-Max 1.9-litre Blue Power he said combined cutting-edge technology and Isuzu know-how to provide users with the ideal combination of durability, performance and economy.

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“Pick-up truck users place a high demand on their vehicles to help them get the job done. They require trucks that are intrinsically capable, operating with minimum fuss or cost. In this respect, the new Isuzu D-Max offers excellent value from its enhanced performance, lower fuel consumption, lower operating costs and with the road tax structure in many parts of Malaysia, lower road tax too,” he said.

To extend the benefits of the new Isuzu D-Max to a wider audience, Isuzu Malaysia has focused part of its range of eleven variants towards the business segment starting with the new entry, the 1.9-litre low ride 4×2 manual that is directly aimed at serving the business community. This is followed by the single cab models that come with 1.9-litre and 3.0-litre engines, both with 4×4 drivetrain. Then come the double cab versions available in manual or auto in basic (Type B) and premium trim. Joining this line up is the new 4×2 auto version aimed at the urban user who does not require the 4×4 function. Top of the line are the 4×4 Auto Premium variants both with the 1.9-litre and 3.0-litre engines.

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The new Isuzu D-Max not only offers impressive new driving dynamics from its Blue Power 1.9-litre engine, its outlook has also been enhanced to convey these properties with distinctive new exterior paint colours available in the line-up including Sapphire Blue, Red Spinel, Stallion Black, Titan Silver, Silky White Pearl and Magnum White.

Up front, the design of its distinctive grille with its blend of black and chrome, flows seamlessly into the new headlight cluster that features bi-LED projector headlamps and LED DRL. The headlamp throw can be manually adjusted by the driver according to the vehicle load to avoid glare to on-coming road users. The bumper completes the bold new front end with the redesigned inset fog lamp garnish.

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Apart from the new body decal design, the new Isuzu D-Max distinctively carries a new 18-inch alloy rim design that not only provides the vehicle with a sportier look, it provides sharper handling to the Isuzu D-Max that already benefits from a 56kg reduction in weight of the new engine. Automatically-folding door mirrors add to the convenience when parking in tight spots.

To aid loading, Isuzu have also developed a soft-touch tailgate that is available as an option. The mechanism uses a novel strut to control the opening speed of the tailgate while a torsion bar makes lifting possible using just one finger.

To fully appreciate the six percent reduction in engine noise of the new 1.9-litre engine over the current 2.5-litre version, Isuzu engineers made the new Isuzu D-Max interior more plush by adding soft-feel material on major panels. Not only do these help absorb sound to make the interior quieter, when matched to the dark interior trim and the new-design leather-fabric combination seats, the new Isuzu D-Max’s interior takes on a more inviting and comfortable outlook.

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A high-speed USB charging port sits ahead of the gear selector and the Isuzu D-Max now comes with a secondary port situated behind the centre compartment for rear passengers allowing gadgets or mobile devices to remain well charged on any journey.

The gem in the new Isuzu D-Max must certainly be the 1898cc RZ4E-TC engine. Developed internally over four years by Isuzu Motors in Japan, the engine boasts technical breakthroughs that have resulted in a higher engine output of 150PS @ 3,600rpm (up by 10%) and 350Nm of torque (up by 9%) between 1,800 and 2,600rpm over the existing 2.5-litre 4JK1-TCX.

While engine output has increased, there has been no sacrifice to Isuzu’s legendary fuel economy or dependability. Tests conducted in Thailand even show a 19% improvement in fuel economy while a reduction in internal friction by 37% suggests that there will be less wear on engine components as well, thereby increasing the life expectancy of the engine.

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Coupled to a new transmission system, the RZ4E offers a performance level that is superior to the 2.5-litre from the get-go. With six forward cogs for both the manual and automatic gearboxes, the new Isuzu D-Max makes the most use of the new engine characteristic to provide improved acceleration and overtaking while offering relaxed cruising from its two overdrive top gears.

The new Isuzu D-Max also features the inclusion of Hill Descent Control (HDC) making descending steep or slippery slopes a less tricky task. New too is the Vehicle Launch Assist Control that increases initial torque on gradients of 25% or more. Through this feature, the vehicle is quicker off the mark without suffering the effects of turbo lag when accelerating from idle.

As an introductory campaign, Isuzu Malaysia is conducting a nationwide test drive campaign at all its dealerships where a mystery gift awaits all who test drive the new 1.9-litre Blue Power Isuzu D-Max between September 21st and October 31st 2019. Prospects will also receive a ticket that entitles them to be in the running for a Blue Fever lucky draw at the end of the promotional period.

Those who purchase the new Isuzu D-Max during the promotional period from today till 31st October 2019 will enjoy a special 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and a free maintenance package to be enjoyed over the next eight years, terms and conditions apply.

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New Isuzu Dealer In KL Delivers First Truck

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Autoexec Corporation, Isuzu Malaysia’s latest authorized dealership recently handed over an Isuzu Elf NPR81 to its very first commercial vehicle customer.

The newly-appointed dealer located in Kg Datuk Keramat in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city sold its first truck to BC Roller Shutter Services Sdn Bhd just a month after being appointed as an authorized Isuzu dealer.

Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Mr Koji Nakamura thanked the management of Autoexec Corporation for their foresight and interest in building the Isuzu network.

“We are glad to welcome Autoexec Corporation to the Isuzu family and congratulate them on the successful delivery of their first vehicle. I am confident that through their commitment to customer satisfaction, they will be able to develop a strong clientele and bring positive experiences to Isuzu customers,” said Mr Nakamura.

With the appointment of Autoexec Corporation, Isuzu Malaysia now boosts a network of eight authorized commercial vehicle sales outlets in the Klang Valley to support the growing demand for its durable, reliable and fuel efficient trucks.

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The handing-over ceremony was attended by COO of Isuzu Malaysia Atsunori Murata, Director of Autoexec Corporation Mr NT Lo and Head of Sales Ms Kenix Low while representing BC Roller Shutter Services Sdn Bhd was its Director Mr Nelson Tan.

“As Malaysia’s top truck brand, our responsibility does not end after the truck leaves the showroom. Our after-sales support must grow in tandem with our customers’ businesses to ensure that they enjoy the necessary support to keep their business running smoothly and efficiently,” added Mr Nakamura.

In a special tie-up between Hong Leong Bank, potential buyers who purchase a new Isuzu truck from Autoexec  Corporation between now and December 2019 can enjoy a special financing interest rate of just 1.96%.

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First Isuzu Elf Smoother Gets Down To Work With Tembikar Gemilang

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When the top-selling Isuzu Elf series gets fitted with its latest Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), it makes the truck even more appealing with the convenience of driving without manual gear shifting and clutch-less foot pedals for daily operations.

Other than the Isuzu Elf Series model’s proven reliability over the years, the AMT option has prompted first-time truck buyer Mr Foo Sek Wee, Director of Tembikar Gemilang who operates a thriving commercial kitchenware business to purchase the very first Isuzu Elf Smoother.

The Isuzu Light Duty Segment has long proven to be the darling of the transport industry, enjoying the distinction as Malaysia’s best-selling truck line for the past nine consecutive years. Its versatile payload configurations, dependable performance and low operating cost make it the ideal choice to support any industry’s transportation needs.

The model recently received the option of factory-fitted AMT to the Isuzu Elf Smoother variants. This system allows the truck to perform like an automatic but benefits from the vigour and response of a manual gearbox.

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Delivering the first unit of the Isuzu Elf Smoother NPR150 to Tembikar Gemilang was the CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Koji Nakamura who remarked that the response to the Isuzu Elf Smoother model has been very positive since the model launch two months ago. “With the addition of AMT, the appeal of the Isuzu Elf range has increased significantly as it offers the fresh dimension of ease of driving and comfort that a fully manual transmission version will find difficult to beat,” he said.

In response, Mr Foo Sek Wee agreed that the introduction of the Isuzu Elf Smoother variant was the deal clincher when he decided to purchase his company’s first truck. “Our company had been using multiple vans for deliveries in the past. As our business expanded to cover more regions, it was getting costly to run as it did not have the load capacity. I decided that we needed to improve our logistical capabilities and starting looking at buying a new truck,” said Mr Foo who does much of the driving himself on visits to customers and suppliers.

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“On one of my visits to a customer just before a long holiday, I was in the van for close to 24 hours due to the heavy traffic. It was such a torture and I told myself never again would I drive a vehicle with manual transmission.

“After doing some online research, I narrowed my choice to an Isuzu because it had a good reputation for reliable performance. Just then, Isuzu introduced the AMT so I contacted a dealer for a test drive.

“I was surprised at how quiet and comfortable the truck felt. I was able to have normal conversations and even listen to the radio. The Isuzu Elf Smoother shifts were smooth and very precise and there was ample power. I did not have to think twice and immediately booked the truck,” added Mr Foo.

The Isuzu Elf Smoother is available in a few model variants and body configurations. Isuzu’s nationwide network of authorized truck dealers is ever ready to offer professional advice and recommendations on the ideal truck to suit each business operation requirements.

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