October 27, 2016 @ 03:08 PM

​ISUZU gives the D-MAX and mu-X a makeover

ISUZU step up their game in the lifestyle segment with more variants and a major facelift!


Ever since its introduction in 2013, this will be the first time the D-Max gets a revamp. ISUZU have not only made exterior changes but interior features have been upgraded as well to keep up with the competition. 

You can now choose from eight models of the pick-up truck, divided into three variants- Standard, Premium and Z-Prestige. On-the-road prices start from a low RM83,000 up to RM128,000 for the cherry topping 3.0L Z-Prestige. 

Gadgets wise, the Z-Prestige variant gets the full cheeseburger over the Standard and Premium. Starting with a Passive Entry and Start System, this top of the range variant comes with an 8-inch touch-screen DVD player with an eight-speaker surround sound system. A fancy electroluminescent(e-LUMAX) meter panel and Multi-Information Display (MID) greets you from behind the steering wheel. 

Being a lifestyle vehicle, it certainly looks the part with 18-inch alloy rims and projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Isuzu say the pick-up's lifted front and spoiler shaped rear was based off an orca. Definitely an interesting choice of animal to take inspiration from but they seem to have pulled it off. 

Needless to say all available D-MAX models come with the latest array of electronic driving aids such as Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability control (ESC), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). 

Despite all the changes, powertrain options remain the same as before since it has proven to be faultless so far. The D-Max is available with the same 2.5 or 3.0 Litre VGC turbo intercooler diesel engine mated to a five-speed automatic or manual gearbox. 

Sharing the unveiling limelight with the D-MAX was the MU-X Type S special edition seven-seater. Based on the D-Max platform, the SUV shares the same lavishly equipped interior albeit with more exquisite piano black dashboard features. Front and rear skirts now come in the same colour as the body giving it a more classy outlook than before. To help differentiate the new model, just look out for Type S badge. 

Isuzu have upgraded all models to come with a 5 year or 150,000km warranty from their previous 3 year or 100,000km package, while existing MU-X owners get the same 5 year warranty upgrade but with unlimited mileage warranty. 

Also displayed at the launch event were three Isuzu D-Max's that were sporting unique designs. These designs were the work of the three winners of the Isuzu D-Max Decal Design Contest. Jointly organised by Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, The One Academy and brought to life by Sime Kansai Paints Sdn Bhd, the contest was held from May 16 to August 18 this year and was only opened to all Malaysian citizens studying at The One Academy.

The winners received their prizes at a ceremony during the D-Max launch with first prize winner Tan Yi Xuan taking home a brand new D-Max wrapped in her winning design. Her design brought out the D-max's rugged off-road style by throwing in a flowing mix of black, yellow and red. 

Subsequent winners Lee Zun Tat and Mok Wen Qi each won RM10,000 cash for the Most Rebellious Design and the Most Futuristic Design respectively. Both prizes sponsored by Sime Kansai Paints were fitting for their categories. 

Lee Zun Tat's design, titled 'Good to be Bad', took inspiration from the tattoo culture and featured bold head turning designs. Mok Wen Qi's 'Bird of Freedom' design took a more peaceful approach by resembling a bird that had gained freedom and was ready to fly high. 

Y.Dharmeswaran


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