Fresh from its recent launch, the new Isuzu D-Max 1.9 will face its litmus test when it undertakes the task of conquering one of Asia’s most extreme off-road events – the Borneo Safari.
Apart from mud terrain tyres, uprated suspension, body protection, a winch, and an air snorkel, the new D-Max which will be participating in Borneo Safari this year remains virtually stock standard and resembles models available to customers off the showroom floor.
For over a decade, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre have proven to be one of the most capable vehicles in the event having safely and effectively transported members of the media through the rugged terrain despite receiving only minimal modifications to the basic vehicle.
“This year, we bring the challenge to the new 1.9-litre engine to prove just how capable it is over the unforgiving terrain despite its small engine displacement,” said Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Masayuki Suzuki.
The new D-Max features a new 1.9-litre engine which is the smallest engine in its class, but capable of producing more power and torque than the older 2.5-litre engine, while consuming less fuel and weighing 56kg less.
The new D-Max was handed over to the organizing team of the Borneo Safari in Kota Kinabalu as part of Isuzu Malaysia’s commitment as the event’s Diamond Sponsor to provide media vehicles for the event.
This year’s Borneo Safari, which is the 29th event in its history, will begin in Kota Kinabalu on 27th October and will take a more southerly loop, skirting Beaufort, Tenom, Keningau, and Tambunan before heading back to the city on 3rd November 2019 for the closing ceremony.
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