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2015 Isuzu D-Max Diablo Launched In Malaysia: The Devilish 4X4 From RM110k

Chris Aaron March 13, 2015 19:30

So, as spied weeks ago, here is Isuzu Malaysia’s latest version of its tough-going D-Max. Known officially as the 2015 Isuzu D-Max Diablo, the rugged pick-up is the third of Isuzu Malaysia’s “lifestyle” variants since the D-Max Artic and the D-Max X-Series.

  • 2015 Isuzu D-Max Diablo 2.5L VGS Turbo Diesel: RM110,189 (OTR with insurance)
  • 2015 Isuzu D-Max Diablo 3.0L VGS Turbo Diesel: RM116,959 (OTR with insurance)

From what we understand, Isuzu Malaysia hasn’t had much problems depleting stock of such variants, with the X-Series selling out quick while it was on display at KLIMS13, and the Artic’s 510 units all gone now. The Diablo will be limited to a shorter run of just 300 units (unspecified if 2.5 or 3.0), so best you be hurrying on your way to book one!

Thankfully, then, D-Max enthusiast have this: the darkest pick-up with “wicked desires” to “announce your arrival with its uniquely bold and stylish features.”

So, what do you get?

As visually obvious, the D-Max Diablo presents itself as a very, very different looking D-Max: the general theme Isuzu are going with here is a goth-like, dark and devilish styling.

EXTERIOR: All the chrome bits typically visible on a regular D-Max have been replaced by black or dark grey finishing, leaving the only chrome bits left on the front of the pick-up, where the Isuzu logo is featured, while the bumper guard is painted in contrasting silver.

Only one body colour is available for the Diablo, and that’s a Cosmic Black Mica. Further complementing the look is a set of 17-inch LENSO ‘Beastly Black’ alloy wheels. And if you haven’t noticed them yet, the sides of the Diablo feature tribal decals.

Around the back, what used to be called the V-lid has been renamed and redesigned to become a D-LOC lid, which offers a lockable lid over the cargo bed. The D-LOC lid even has its own rear aero spoiler at the back. Up top, the roof rails too are painted in black for a very menacing look overall.

LED Daytime Running Lights are also a feature of the Diablo, positioned similarly to where the Artic had its DRLs: effectively replacing the fog lamps on the front bumper.

INTERIOR: The centrepiece of the Diablo’s interior is its “Bloody Red” premium Italian leather upholstery, which wrap the seats and centre armrest. Stitched rather elegantly, they also feature black elements in leather as well.

The rest of the interior is pretty much as you’ve seen it on D-Max variants before, so not many surprises there, apart from highlights that include piano black door trims and centre tunnel inserts which spark the whole dark-themed interior.

Where infotainment matters, it’s a familiar Blaupunkt multimedia entertainment system that’s equipped, offering quite an impressive sound quality (as we’ve heard before), and of course, a reverse camera display as well.

PERFORMANCE: Two engine options are available for the D-Max Diablo, and these are Isuzu’s 2.5-litre VGS turbo diesel, and its 3.0-litre VGS turbo diesel, with a premium of RM6k splitting the two pick-ups.

The 2.5-litre makes 136PS and 320Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,800rpm, while the more powerful 3.0-litre serves up 177PS and 320Nm of torque from the same rev range.

Buyer’s Guide:

Included in the D-Max Diablo’s OTR with insurance prices are a three-year or 100,000km warranty, together with Isuzu’s Doctor Mobile 24-hour assistance service.

Do note however that prices for the two Diablo variants listed above do not include some of the items you see on the car here, which can however be purchased separately from the accessories list:

  • D-LOC boot lid: RM5,500
  • Bed Liner: RM800
  • Side Step: RM1,350
  • Multi-media DVD player: RM2,500

2015 Isuzu D-Max Diablo Official Images Gallery

About Chris Aaron

Chris finds equal pleasures in reviewing fast cars as much as the everyday workhorses. He maintains a passion for European makes, Formula 1, playing the electric guitar and spending endless hours on the PlayStation; first-person shooters and the Gran Turismo franchise remain favourites. He also finds it strange to have written this in the third person.


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