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Published on April 26th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


All-New Isuzu D-Max Family Launched In Malaysia

A new generation Isuzu D-Max is now available in Malaysia.

Isuzu Malaysia has just launched the all-new, 3rd generation D-Max pick-up truck.

2021 Isuzu D-Max Rear Three quarter In blue

This new D-Max is built on a new platform which promises a more SUV-like driving character. There are also lots of new equipment and tech to go with the increased comfort and dynamics. The 1.9L and 3.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines have also been revised for the new generation D-Max.

2021 Isuzu D-Max Front Three quarter In Orange

Before we get into what’s new on the D-Max, here’s what the new product stack looks like:

  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9L Single Cab (MT)                                           RM88,599.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L Single Cab (MT)                                           RM95,538.40
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Double Cab Standard (MT)                       RM99,599.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Double Cab Standard (AT)                        RM106,999.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Double Cab Premium (AT)                        RM121,549.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0 Double Cab Premium (AT)                        RM128,038.40
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0 Double Cab X-Terrain                                 RM141,938.40

What’s new on all D-Max Variants

No matter what specification of D-Max you purchase, you’re getting an all-new Isuzu Dynamic Drive Platform. This platform is built on a new ladder frame that’s stiffer and stronger than the one it replaces. The wheelbase has been lengthened and there’s a new suspension configuration that moves the engine behind the wheels for improved handling.

2021 Isuzu D-Max Engine Bay

This new chassis has earned a 5-Star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

Engine and Transmission Options

The 1.9L has been re-tuned for better engine responsiveness, a more refined character and less noise and harshness. It produces 150PS and 350Nm of torque. The Single Cab variant only comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Double Cab Standard variant is available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed conventional automatic transmission. The Double Cab Premium variant only comes with a 6-speed conventional automatic when paired with this engine.

2021 Isuzu D-Max Cabin

The 3.0L has been redesigned with a new engine head and turbocharger enabling more power and torque with less noise and harshness. This engine produces 190PS and 450Nm of torque. It is paired only with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and is available only on the Single Cab, Double Cab Premium and Double Cab X-Terrain variants.

The standard warranty for the new Isuzu D-Max is 5-years or 150,000km.

D-Max X-Terrain

Before we get into what’s special about the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain, we should first touch on the warranty package here. It’s an unprecedented 7-year, unlimited mileage warranty!

It comes with the following features:

  • Wiper blade-mounted windscreen washer nozzles
  • remote engine start
  • rear differential lock
  • brown leather upholstery
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat
  • 9″ infotainment system with Android Auto and Wireless Apple Carplay
  • Advanced Driver Assist Systems
    • Autonomous Emergency Braking
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Turn Assist
    • Pedal Misapplication Mitigation
    • Adaptive Cruise Control with stop & go function
    • Automatic High Beams
    • Blind Spot Monitoring
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • Multi-Collision Brakes

This variant comes either in Valencia Orange or Sapphire Blue.

For more on the new Isuzu D-Max, check out our drive impressions.

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Whether your weekend plans are for a tough off-road jaunt
to a secluded beach or for an evening commute to your favourite downtown restaurant, the all-new Isuzu D-Max has what it takes to be the vehicle of choice for these and any journey between. Officially launched today in Kuala Lumpur, the 3rd-generation all-new Isuzu D-Max that has been designed from the ground up arrives with a distinctively bold and sporty outlook that elevates the image of this rugged pick-up truck to offer a more SUV-esque appeal.

Sending a clear message that owners can have their style and comfort without sacrificing the favourite traits of their dependable and capable pick-up truck, Isuzu engineers have delivered a vehicle that is not only quieter, more comfortable and stylish, but also a tougher, more capable and dependable vehicle as well.

Entering the high-end lifestyle pick-up truck segment with the X-Terrain variant, this new Isuzu D-Max flagship comes with a revised 3-litre engine that has been re-engineered and refined with numerous advancements to improve performance and engine response while reducing noise and vibration. The new engine that produces 190PS ensures that X-Terrain drivers enjoy more relaxed performance from its revised torque curve that peaks at 450Nm from as low as 1,600rpm, stretching all the way till 2,600rpm while the new 6-speed automatic gearbox matches the gearshifts to the new engine’s performance characteristics.

Built on a new Isuzu Dynamic Drive Platform, the all-new Isuzu D-Max employs a new ladder frame that offers improved stiffness and strength to ensure better handling and durability. Coupled to a new suspension configuration and a longer wheelbase that allows the engine bulk to be located further behind the front wheels, the result is a more dynamic handling and comfortable ride.

Finished immaculately in Valencia Orange or Sapphire Blue, the X-Terrain comes with exclusive features including remote engine start, rear differential lock, wet wiper system, brown leather seats with 8-way electronic adjustment including lumbar support, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen panel that incorporates Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay and an arsenal of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) including Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Turn Assist, Pedal Misapplication Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop & go function, Automatic High Beams (AHB), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Manual Speed Limiter (MSL) and Multi-Collision Brake that applies the brakes should any of the seven airbags be deployed.

Joining the line-up of the all-new Isuzu D-Max are two Premium variants – a 1.9-litre 4×4 Auto and 3.0-litre 4×4 Auto – that offer outstanding motoring and comfort while remaining the dependable workhorse Isuzu is famously renown for. Aimed at the discerning motorists whose applications lean towards daily duties, the Premium variants are an ideal model for drivers who spend significant hours in the saddle as the new comfort features and safety equipment in the cabin make it ideal for hours of fatigue-free motoring.

For the price conscious, there are two offerings of the Standard models available. Powered by the immensely-capable 1.9-litre engine that produces a hefty 150PS of power and 350Nm of torque is paired either with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, the Standard models are a boon for the business community who aim to lower running costs and maintain good efficiency. Also available will be two Single Cab models offered with either the 1.9-litre or 3.0-litre engines.

These go-anywhere, do-anything trucks offer significant carrying capabilities and come with an array of safety features that has earned this vehicle and the entire range of Isuzu D-Max a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

The X-Terrain comes exclusively in Valencia Orange or Sapphire Blue while other models share a choice of the colours including Silky White Pearl, Mercury Silver, Onyx Black and Splash White.

All Isuzu D-Max models enjoy a five-year or 150,000km warranty while the X-Terrain enjoys a class-leading seven-year unlimited mileage warranty.

The all-new Isuzu D-Max Breaking Boundaries Test Drive Campaign begins today at authorized Isuzu showrooms where visitors can get to know the remarkable new model up close and from now till 31 st May 2021, there will be exclusive Isuzu merchandise giveaways and a chance to win cash prizes.

Price of the all-new Isuzu D-Max on the road for private registration w/o insurance in Peninsular Malaysia.

  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9L Single Cab (MT)                                           RM88,599.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0L Single Cab (MT)                                           RM95,538.40
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Double Cab Standard (MT)                       RM99,599.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Double Cab Standard (AT)                        RM106,999.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Double Cab Premium (AT)                        RM121,549.20
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0 Double Cab Premium (AT)                        RM128,038.40
  • Isuzu D-Max 3.0 Double Cab X-Terrain                                 RM141,938.40

To learn more about the all-new Isuzu D-Max, visit the Isuzu D-Max website at

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