20 June 2014


Through its excellent breeding and over 4-million kilometers of road testing, the second-generation Isuzu D-MAX has quickly risen to be an icon in the world of pick-up truck motoring. Its exemplary robustness, fuel efficiency, safety and a significant number of class-leading features has made it one of the most accomplished new products to emerge from this Japanese giant.

Powered by a new generation engine that employs a variable geometry turbo system (VGS), the Isuzu D-MAX has been able to extract superior power delivery from its 2.5-litre displacement to exceed the performance levels of the previous 3-litre model while being more friendly to the environment.

Today, the ante is further raised for those who want to indulge in an elevated motoring experience with the introduction of the all-new Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross 3.0 and its top-of-the-line brethren, the V-Cross SAFARI.

“The Isuzu D-MAX has received rave reviews since its launch about a year ago and even garnered two Car of The Year titles and a Best Value for Money award. Its magnetic appeal is without doubt due to its wonderfully-balanced package that ticks all the right boxes,” said COO of Isuzu Malaysia Daisuke Ishida.

In introducing the V-Cross 3.0-litre variant, Isuzu Malaysia hopes to extend the appeal to discerning owners who want stand-out performance, particularly its sizzling run-on acceleration between 1,800rpm and 2,800rpm when the 380Nm of torque is available at the tap of the right foot. With a corresponding 177PS of power available at 3,600rpm, the new Isuzu V-Cross 3.0 will be the fastest and most agile Isuzu D-MAX available.

Employing VGS technology to spread the power band more evenly, V-Cross 3.0 drivers will enjoy instant response whenever raw power is desired while remaining typically fuel efficient and durable.

While much of the platform and features are currently shared with the 2.5-litre variant, the V-Cross 3.0 sports subtle differences, particularly with the badging and colour variances. In line with its premium character, the V-Cross 3.0 comes with automatic climate control with a single command centre on the dashboard controlling the ventilation system. The V-Cross 3.0 comes with a choice of automatic or manual gearboxes and is available in four new exterior colours.

Topping the line-up of the V-Cross 3.0 is the flagship SAFARI variant, a decked-out exclusive model aimed at those who want to stand apart from the crowd and blaze their own trails.

Finished in a unique Venetian Orange Mica, the SAFARI is ready to make a bold statement that this truck stands apart from the rest. Added to it is a chunky matte grey bumper guard and matching radiator grille to accent the strong lines of the D-MAX’s façade. This treatment extends to the door cladding and side steps that are similarly finished.

The rims are also finished in dark grey with an exclusive spoke design further setting the SAFARI model apart.

In the rear, a stylish aero spoiler adorns the flanks of the cargo area while a practical and convenient lockable and lighted V-lid helps to keep items safe and dry particularly in urban areas. Sporty matte black roof rails further help the V-Cross SAFARI 3.0 stand apart.

Inside, the Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross SAFARI 3.0 feature SAFARI Edition premium Italian leather seats finished with a dash of class. It comes with orange stitching and an exclusive V-Cross SAFARI logo embroidered into the seatback. This model also comes with an Isuzu Sat Nav multimedia DVD player with reverse camera.

The Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross SAFARI joins the line-up of Isuzu D-MAX models as the flagship offering and will be available at all authorized Isuzu showrooms nationwide beginning this weekend.

For more about the range of Isuzu D-MAX models, visit the website www.isuzu.net.my