2nd-Generation Isuzu D-Max comes out of the woodwork

 2013 Isuzu D-Max Isuzu Malaysia today, 15 May, presented their all-new Isuzu D-Max pick up with a more contemporary exterior styling and refreshed interior refinements.

The newest Isuzu bread and butter variant is into its second generation and consists of some 10 percent locally fitted parts. Built at Isuzu’s plant in Pekan, the newest D-Max takes up a larger body and cargo area. At the front, the sleek fascia houses the chrome-accented grille, rectangle-shaped projector headlights, the bottom grille that exposes the Intercooler and large foglights. The side features redesigned foldable door mirror with integrated turn signal and expanded wheel arches. From the rear, the 2013 Isuzu D-Max gets LED lights and a new rear bumper that incorporates a non-slip upper surface.

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Comparatively, the new Isuzu D-Max Double Cab dimensions measure; 5295 mm in length, +260 mm compared to the previous generation; 1860 mm width (+60 mm); and 1795 mm height (+60 mm). The new D-Max has a Wheelbase that measures 3095 mm, up 45mm from its predecessor. There won’t be a single cab option for Isuzu D-Max as of now, as announced by Isuzu Motors. Thanks to wind tunnel testings and up to 4,000,000km of trials, the new Isuzu D-Max offers the lowest Cd (co-efficient drag) in its segment, a quieter ride and best-in-class efficiency.

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The 2013 Isuzu D-Max has a host of interior refinements such as; a refined cabin, comfortable seats with head restraints and 3-point seat belts, a foldaway arm rest, electro-luminescent meters, the Multi-Information Display, and a turn knob four-wheel drive mode selector instead of push buttons in the previous D-Max.

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Across the 2013 Isuzu D-Max range, a 2.5-liter Super Commonrail Turbo VGS powerplant is standard. The powerplant is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Isuzu no longer offers the 3.0-liter engine option for the D-Max. Although the 3.0l engine is unavailable, the 2.5l engine still produces matching output of 136 ps at 3,600 rpm and torque ratings at 320 Nm, between 1,800 rpm and 2,800 rpm. Operation of the 4×4 system has been changed from the previous method which used pushbuttons on the dashboard. A rotary dial is now provided on the center console to select 4×2 or 4×4 (high and low ranges). The switch from 4×2 to 4×4 High range and vice-versa are now possible at speeds up to 100 km/h, however to engage the Low range the D-Max has to be stopped completely.

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The 2013 Isuzu D-Max’s suspension settings follow the layout of independent double wishbones with coil springs and stabilizer bars at the front with damping by gas-filled shock absorbers. The rear suspension now incorporates longer and flatter leafsprings. Active and Passive safety features of the new Isuzu D-Max include; Traction Control System(TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Whiplash protection and ISOFIX seat mounts. These features vary from model to model, check with your local Isuzu dealer for further information.

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The new Isuzu D-Max starts at RM 69,799.60 for the 4X2 manual up to RM 100,689.60 for the 4X4 Automatic.