VOTY 2021 Isuzu D-Max Front Three quarter In Orange

Published on October 28th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


VOTY 2021 Pickup Truck Of The Year – Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain

The all-new Isuzu D-Max blew the competition out of the water this year.

Here is a segment that blends practicality, power and capability. Pickup trucks have evolved over the years to please more discerning customers. Everything from NVH to safety to comfort has come a long way in this category. Pickups are no longer purely commercial vehicles and no manufacturer of trucks can afford to ignore this fact.

Isuzu stepped up their game with the release of an all-new D-Max with this in mind. The new D-Max lays the foundation for an extremely impressive pickup, with luxurious materials, advanced driver assist systems, expressive looks and the same rugged off-roading drivetrain components driving its wheels. 

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It’s a pick-up that can do the job of an SUV in many circumstances and we’re sure a lot of urban cowboys in Malaysia will be impressed by its package. The flagship Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain in particular is especially impressive with its refined and proven 3.0L diesel motor and extensive equipment package.

ISUZU D-MAX X-Terrain 3.0L Diesel Specifications

Engine: Inline-4, BluePower Diesel

Capacity: 2999cc

Transmission: 6-speed auto Sequential Shift

Max Power: 190PS @ 3,600rpm

Max Torque: 450Nm @ 1,600 – 2,600rpm

Price: RM88,599.20 to RM141,938.40

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About the VOTY Awards 2021

The Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Awards is sponsored by Allianz Malaysia Berhad and is judged by Daniel Sherman Fernandez, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair from Drive Safe and Fast (dsf.my) and GohedGostan.com.

The selection process is simple and clean. All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of our cutoff date are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands officially operating in Malaysia and ask them for test cars for each of our judges. There’s no participation fee, no tables to buy, no package deals — nothing. Any judge who drives an eligible car gets to vote for it. A simple majority is all it takes for a vehicle to win in a given category.

The categories are kept as consistent as possible from year to year with some modifications when a certain category is not adequately represented or is over-represented in that particular year. You can view the categories over the years by looking through our “VOTY” tab on the dsf.my page.

Our title sponsor Allianz recognizes the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.

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