Isuzu Malaysia announced that the company is offering a moratorium for financing payments on the D-Max purchased from 1 June 2020 till 31 August 2020.
Through the Isuzu Deferred Instalment Campaign, the first programme of its kind in the pick-up segment, the company hopes that customers can fortify their earnings by putting their brand new Isuzu D-Max pick-up trucks to work during the deferment period of either three or six months before needing to worry about loan repayments.
According to Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia, Light Commercial Vehicle Division Masayuki Suzuki, the objective of the moratorium is to help Malaysians move forward during this recovery period with the services of an efficient and versatile new Isuzu D-Max.
The campaign, in collaboration with Public Bank Berhad, covers almost every model in the Isuzu D-Max range, offering up to 90% financing margin for a maximum tenure of 84 months. The minimum loan amount to qualify for this campaign is RM20,000.00.
Potential customers will be able to select the most suitable Isuzu D-Max model to meet their individual requirements and budgets from the widest selection of pick-up truck variants available in Malaysia today.
The new range of Isuzu D-Max now comes with the advanced 1.9-litre Blue Power engine, the smallest engine capacity in the market thereby enjoying the cheapest road tax in its segment. Through breakthroughs in technology, the new engine provides even greater performance and fuel efficiency than the 2.5-litre model it replaces.
As the country continues to transition towards the recovery phase of the pandemic, Isuzu Malaysia has announced that the company will give precedence to fulfilling customer orders, particularly those that were placed before the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into effect in March.
Some 300 orders for various Isuzu D-Max models were received prior to the lock-down and the priority will be to ensure these customers receive their vehicles quickly following the resumption of operations.
Efforts are underway to ensure vehicles are speedily processed from the plant in Pekan, Pahang to be dispatched to dealerships around the country where a new delivery processes has been put in place to ensure customers and staff are well-protected in line with the government’s call to effectively curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Key among the comprehensive protocols include a temperature record of every staff member prior to the start of each work day, compulsory use of surgical masks, disinfecting of all touch points in the outlets three times daily while demonstration vehicles and customer vehicles are disinfected after each human contact.
All visitors to Isuzu outlets are also required to have their temperatures taken using an infra-red thermometer while hand sanitizing liquid and if required, a face mask will be made available at all facilities. Customers collecting their new vehicles will be informed of the delivery dates by their sales advisor and provided an appointed time of the hand-over in order to avoid crowding or prolonged exposure in the outlet.
Isuzu vehicle owners whose vehicle warranties were to have expired during the MCO period will automatically enjoy a further 30 day extension from May 13, 2020 while those whose vehicles were also overdue for scheduled maintenance during this period can rest assured that their warranty will not be affected by the delay.
Customers intending to bring their vehicles in for service are advised to make prior appointments with their respective Isuzu Authorised Service Centres as each outlet is operating according to CMCO regulations in their respective states and are encouraging systematic social distancing by limiting the daily intakes based on the capacity of the individual service facility and maintaining the minimum 1m distances.
To arrange for a viewing or test drive of Isuzu vehicles, prospective customers may make an appointment via Isuzu Malaysia’s Facebook page.
The Isuzu D-Max 1.9 will face its litmus test when it undertakes the task of conquering one of Asia’s most extreme off-road events – Sabah’s infamous Borneo Safari.
For over a decade, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre and
3.0-litre have proven to be one of the most capable vehicles in the event
having safely and effectively transported members of the media through the
rugged terrain despite receiving only minimal modifications to the basic
“This year, we bring the challenge to the new
1.9-litre engine to prove just how capable it is over the unforgiving terrain
despite its small engine displacement,” said Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu
Malaysia Masayuki Suzuki.
The new ‘Blue Monster’ features the revolutionary new 1.9-litre engine, the smallest engine in its class, yet produces more power and torque than the older 2.5-litre engine while consuming less fuel and weighing 56kg less. Through innovative design and engineering, the new model is expected to perform better in the difficult off-road conditions as it has in on-road situations where the new model has impressed thus far.
Apart from the extreme mud terrain tyres,
uprated suspension to accommodate the larger wheels, heavy duty body
protection, a winch and an air snorkel, the Blue Monster remains virtually
stock standard and resembles models available to customers off the showroom
The Blue Monster was handed over to the organizing team of the Borneo Safari in Kota Kinabalu as part of Isuzu Malaysia’s commitment as the event’s Diamond Sponsor to provide media vehicles for the event.
This year’s Borneo Safari is the 29th
event in its history and the 13th year that it has received support
from Isuzu Malaysia. The event is scheduled to begin in Kota Kinabalu on 27th
October and will take a more southerly loop, skirting Beaufort, Tenom, Keningau
and Tambunan before heading back to the city on 3rd November 2019
for the closing ceremony.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.