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Published on August 6th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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Isuzu D-Max Stealth Debuts with Power Step!

The Isuzu D-Max is one of the most value-packed options on the market today. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the D-Max being in Malaysia, there’s a new limited edition with even more value and it’s called the D-Max Stealth. Unlike previous limited editions, Isuzu Malaysia went the extra mile to make the Stealth stand out.

Not only have they added all the optional accessories to the Stealth, but they’ve also given it a power-retractable side step!

Key Facts:

  • Limited to 180 units
  • Stallion Black Metallic and Silky White Pearl colour options available
  • RM125,799.20 (OTR w/o insurance, Peninsular Malaysia, Private Individual Ownership)
  • Based on the 1.9L 4X4 AT-Premium model, with some changes

What’s New

Power Retractable Step

We have to talk about how cool this power retractable step is. We’ve not seen anything like it on any locally-available pick-up truck. And far as we recall, it’s only premium SUV makes like Jaguar and Land Rover that offer it.

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It’s a simple but well-executed system on the D-Max Stealth. When any of the doors open, the power step deploys. There’s a little LED welcome lamp installed that lights it up too. When the doors are closed, it retracts itself under the D-Max’s body very neatly.

Chrome is now Blackened from the Factory

Just about every component that was covered in chrome on the D-Max Premium has now been finished in black. This includes:

  • the front grille
  • headlamp, fog lamp and bumper garnish
  • roof rails
  • rear bumpers

The wing mirror caps, which were chrome before are now finished in the vehicle’s body colour.

New Rim Design

While the rim size has been maintained at 18″, the Stealth gets a new dual tone alloy rim design. These come with a little Stealth emblem attached. While the spare rim is the same, the emblem is not attached on it there.

Optional Tailgate assists Standard

The D-Max is the only pick-up with both soft-open and one-finger-closing thanks to the use of a torsion spring and a gas strut.

New Interior Pieces

Inside, there are functional and aesthetic changes. The seats are covered in red and black leather and fabric with ‘Stealth’ logos stitched on. The pillars and headliner have been darkened, and trim pieces have been finished in piano black. The only bit of chrome you find are on the air vent knobs. Isuzu have also fitted coil mats with the ‘Stealth’ logo on it.

Motion Detecting DVRs & Front Parking Sensors

Functionally, there are two great additions to the D-Max Stealth the motion detecting Digital Video Recorders (front and rear) as well as front parking sensors.

The DVRs use 32GB SD cards and can record in full HD, automatically recording even when the car is off as soon as it detects motion or if the vehicle is impacted. The DVRs have a 140-degree angle view. Feed from the cameras can be viewed through one’s smartphone through the IROAD app.

The front parking sensors are on by default and can be switched off manually using a switch.

Here’s the press release with more information.

PRESS RELEASE

Isuzu Malaysia has lifted the covers off their stylish new limited-edition Isuzu D-Max named Stealth and from its bold and aggressive styling, it is anything but stealthy. The Stealth in fact arrives purposefully decked out with exclusive designs and strong features that will surely turn heads and hearts.

“Customers seeking one of the most dependable and capable pick-up trucks in the market today can now arrive in distinctive style with the new Isuzu D-Max Stealth. The stylish exterior is equally matched by striking interior designs that embolden the vehicle, offering urban drivers an elevated presence on the road,” said Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Masayuki Suzuki.

Based on the highly dependable and capable Isuzu D-Max 4×4 Premium Automatic model, the Stealth features the amazing new 1.9-litre Ddi Blue Power engine that has earned the admiration and accolades of critics and fans alike who acknowledge that this new Isuzu powerplant packs enough technology to revolutionize the pick-up truck market.

Available either in Stallion Black Metallic or Silky White Pearl, the Isuzu D-Max Stealth will however remain an elusive sight on Malaysian roads as only an exclusive 180 units of this truck will be produced.

Developed on a design theme of premium urban pick-up, the Isuzu D-Max Stealth gains much of its aggressive looks from liberal use of blackened components that replace the chromed parts. These include the front grille; headlamp, fog lamp and bumper garnish, roof rails and rear bumpers.

The grille features a fine silver accent line that flows across the entire front and has a matching line running through the new front spoiler, giving the D-Max Stealth a distinctive and sporty outlook. To add to its exclusivity, the Stealth models receive special two-tone designed 18-inch alloy rims with  an embossed Stealth emblem while the door and tailgate have Stealth decals to further identify this as an extraordinary Isuzu D-Max. The tailgate also comes with the feather-touch assist feature, making opening and shutting the tailgate a cinch. 

The pièce de résistance in the Isuzu D-Max Stealth lies in its retractable side steps, the first of its kind offered as standard on a pick-up truck. When doors are closed, the side steps stealthily stow neatly away beneath the body, maintaining the smooth body contours of the vehicle. When any door is opened, the side step deploys to gently allow easy ingress and egress from the vehicle. An automatic welcome light below the vehicle provides further sure-footedness.

Inside the Isuzu D-Max Stealth, the first striking features are the red and black combination seats. Using a mix of premium leather and fabric, the seats have stitched Stealth logos in the leather backs for a more exclusive outlook.  The interior of the D-Max Stealth has been accentuated with a dark grey headlining while the trim garnish are finished in piano black in keeping with the overall theme. Accenting them are the air vent knobs that have been finished in chrome.

As a premium urban truck, the Isuzu D-Max Stealth gains some valuable tools to tackle the urban jungle including a first-in-class front and rear digital video recorder (DVR). Able to record in full HD for both front and rear cameras in daylight or at night, the system automatically records onto its 32gb SD card when the engine is fired up. Using motion detectors, it can also record when the vehicle is parked if it detects movement within its 140-degree angle of view or when it senses an impact to the vehicle. The camera can then play back on the owner’s phone through Wi-Fi and the IROAD app which can be downloaded from Apple App Store of Google Play.

Another handy feature for urban drivers is another first-in-class offering, the Around View Monitor with 3D Image Guide. Using four cameras around the vehicle, the system offers ease of manoeuvering as it automatically provides a choice of bird’s eye view or 3D view when Reverse Gear is selected. Drivers can also manually activate the AVM with the push of a button on the dashboard to check surroundings for added assurance. 

Coupled to this is the additional front parking sensor that allows for easier positioning of the vehicle in tight spots. The sensors will automatically activate when the vehicle begins to move and cuts off above speeds of 25km/h. It will then reactivate when the vehicle slows to 20km/h. Drivers can also opt to shut the system off manually in situations such as when off-roading or over low hazards.

The Isuzu D-Max Stealth comes with a special 7-year unlimited mileage warranty and will be available at all authorized Isuzu showrooms nationwide from today with prices starting from RM125,799.20(OTR without insurance) in Peninsular Malaysia, RM128,176.20 (OTR without insurance) in Sabah and RM128,220.30 (OTR without insurance) in Sarawak.

Early bird purchasers of the Isuzu D-Max Stealth (private registration only) who register their vehicles during the month of August will be further entitled to a free sports roll bar or opt to purchase a T-Lid Cover (worth RM5,500.00) for only RM2,000.00 while stocks last. For more information and other great offers, check with your nearest dealer or visit www.isuzu.net.my/pickup/ or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ISUZU.DMax.Malaysia/.

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