Isuzu Malaysia recently added a new variant of its popular D-Max to the local line-up. This is the Single Cab variant which is aimed at the business sector. It is expected to appeal to those who need a vehicle to tackle tough operating conditions including the prospect of rising fuel costs.
?The new Isuzu D-Max Single Cab is built on the same core values of every Isuzu pick-up truck ever produced and this includes fuel efficiency, durability and reliability. Customers will be amazed at the load-carrying ability of the new model and how immensely frugal it is in carrying out its duties,? said K. Kondo, CEO of Isuzu Malaysia during the launch of the vehicle in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
?We expect to sell 300 units of the Single Cab this year and as more customers come to know and understand the benefits of owning this model, demand should show steady increase as it is truly the perfect business partner,? he added.
The new model has the same muscular performance of the Double Cab version with power coming from the 3-litre i-TEQ Super Commonrail engine. This powerplant boasts of excellent class-leading power output of 136 ps and 280 Nm of torque which comes in from as low as 1,200 rpm. This very same engine proved its fuel-sipping nature when a Double Cab D-Max was driven from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur – a distance of over 1,500 kms – without finishing its 76-litre tank of diesel.
As one of the world leaders in diesel engine technology with a strong heritage in commercial vehicle manufacture, Isuzu knows what it takes to build engines that never give up. The engine has such proven features as a timing gear and chain rather than a timing belt, and melt-in cylinder liners, ensuring that the engine is virtually ?bulletproof?, key considerations for businessmen who want to minimize downtime and have lower running costs.
Apart from its extremely strong engine, the chassis is also built to take years of hard work. The reinforced chassis is claimed to be one of the strongest and most robust in its class, offering the added benefit of improved safety as well.
To provide superior handling and versatility regardless of road conditions, the D-Max Single Cab comes with 4×4 (manual transmission) and Isuzu?s famed ?Touch-on-the-Fly? convenience. This feature, usually found on more expensive SUVs, allows the driver to select between 2WD and 4WD with just the push of a dashboard-mounted switch. The switchover can be done at speeds of up to 100 km/h. To select 4WD Low range, the driver need not exit the vehicle to lock wheel hubs nor fiddle with ugly selector levers – a simple touch of the Low range button does it all.
A versatile rack and pinion power-assisted steering system provides easy manoeuverability while gas-filled shock absorbers all around ensure the D-Max provides good handling on all surfaces, rough or smooth.
With its long cargo bed measuring 2270 mm, the D-Max Single Cab can carry large and bulky loads, something which many businesses will find useful.. Lashing hooks on the sides of the body allow for easy securing of loose items or tarpaulin covers, keeping goods safe and secure.
Inside, the new Single Cab D-Max has a business-like ambience but it does not lacking in comfort and space. It offers occupants a comfortable 3-seat bench and the driving position is very car-like so even on long drives, occupants will not experience fatigue or discomfort. All three occupants have their own seatbelts with the centre passenger provided with a lap belt.
The cab offers a? spacious and airy feel as it is finished in grey tones and comes with all the amenities of a modern automobile including cupholders, storage cubby holes and a spacious glove compartment.
The new D-Max Single Cab, which is imported CBU from Thailand, comes only in an Alpine White finish. It has a Peninsula Malaysia pricetag of RM69,112.94 (inclusive of insurance premium of RM,2,513.94 and roadtax of RM593). Owners get a 3-year/100,000 km warranty, whichever occurs first. Being a single cab, it can only be purchased and registered by a company for commercial use.
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