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The new 2024 Isuzu D-Max 3.0L X-Terrain: Conquer the jungles of Borneo, cruise the highstreets of KL

Arvind · Jul 4, 2024 09:00 AM

The new 2024 Isuzu D-Max 3.0L X-Terrain: Conquer the jungles of Borneo, cruise the highstreets of KL 01

​The annual Borneo Safari Expedition is an off-road challenge unlike any other. The event attracts off-road enthusiasts from around the world, offering a unique adventure that combines thrilling 4x4 action amidst Borneo's vast and diverse jungles.

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The 8-day long expedition is both a test of human resolve as well as the performance and sheer mettle of the machines that have to survive some of the harshest terrains to get you out.

One pick-up truck has been synonymous with the Borneo Safari Expedition; having proven itself over multiple model generations for well over a decade.

That pick-up truck is none other than the Isuzu D-Max 3.0L X-Terrain. But the D-Max is far from jungle driving-only one-trick pony. Every successive generation of the Isuzu D-Max has progressively gotten tougher, more capable both on- and off-road, and more fuel-efficient.

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​Previous model Borneo Safari entrant shown

The new 2024 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is also strikingly cool, equipped with many comfort and convenience features that match many family SUVs.

It is now a 'total package' truck that suits your active lifestyle - be it at work, play, or with the family. Here are a few reasons why.

Efficient and robust performance

At the heart of the brand's most potent Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is a 3.0-litre BluePower turbodiesel which develops a stout 190 PS and 450 Nm, paired with a 6-speed automatic replete with a Sequential Shift mode.

The simple answer is that those who can read beyond the specifications sheet know that Isuzu engines are very conservatively tuned by the factory, and the stock engine hides huge potential inside. With a big 3.0-litre capacity, the engine operates in a very relaxed state in most driving conditions.

In real-world driving, few pick-up trucks combine responsive useable performance with low fuel consumption as well as the D-Max. Torque is delivered early, with progressive throttle response - crucial when progressing along slippery terrain.

It doesn't matter if you are wading a river in Borneo, hauling goods from Cameron Highlands, or cruising the high streets of Kuala Lumpur, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain rarely disappoints.

Now with Rough Terrain Mode, traction to go anywhere, anytime

As they say, power is nothing without control. The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain delivers dependability courtesy of its Terrain Command which allows you to quickly switch between 2H, 4H, and 4L drive modes seamlessly depending on the terrain and speed range.

There’s also a mechanical rear differential lock, to help you get out of deep ruts instead of having the truck’s rear wheels spinning helplessly.

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New for the 2024 Isuzu D-Max Terrain is a Rough Terrain Mode. The feature is an extension of the truck’s electronic traction control and stability control to selectively brake individual wheels that are slipping. It works regardless of whether the truck is in 2H, 4H or 4L driving modes. When enabled at the touch of a button, Rough Terrain Mode reacts super fast to catch slipping wheels, so even novice drivers can get maximum traction to overcome slippery slopes.

In addition, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain offers a water-wading depth of up to 800 mm, as well as Under-Body Protection which protects the essential parts of your engine with a toughened steel guard so you can attempt pretty much any adventure without worry.

Reliability that stands the test of time

To endure the Borneo Safari Expedition, the Isuzu D-Max has to be super reliable and durable. And this goes far beyond just the engine and transmission.

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For one, the chassis frame has to withstand immense stresses while climbing undulating terrain. The suspension bits, brakes, vehicle charging and cooling systems, and electronics also have to withstand heat, dust, mud, and high-rpm accelerations to overcome obstacles.

The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain has endured not one but two Borneo Safari expeditions to date, and never once did it break down.

Spacious interior with SUV-like comfort

A lifestyle and family vehicle needs to offer space and practicality, and the 2024 D-Max excels in both areas. It provides wide and comfortable seating for up to five passengers.

The dashboard is ergonomically designed, ensuring that controls are within easy reach and user-friendly. Rear passengers will appreciate the reclining angle of the rear seats, providing enhanced comfort on longer journeys.

Controls are easy to use. Outward visibility is good. All four corners of the vehicle are easily judged from the driver's seat, thus driving and parking one in the city is not difficult.

The front seats offer good support for long distance journeys, with sufficient padding in the thighs and lower back.

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Rear passengers will appreciate the reclining angle of the rear seats, providing enhanced comfort on longer journeys. Dual-density seat padding further enhances comfort while offering ample support.

For 2024, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain ups the ante with features such as the tactile new MIURA design surfaces, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a 10-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as a wireless Qi charger.

Meanwhile, a clear 360-degree '3D' Around View Monitor (AVM) and a new 7-inch e-Lumax Multi-Information Display further help make driving a breeze.

Safety features that can rival many family cars

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Safety is paramount in any family or lifestyle vehicle, and the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain excels in this area. Alongside its reinforced chassis design and extensive use of high-tensile steel for the body, the D-Max X-Terrain also offers 7 airbags and the comprehensive AllSight ADAS safety suite.

The AllSight safety suite includes advanced features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Child Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Rear Cross Traffic Brake (RCTB) among others, further enhancing your safety on the road.

Peace of mind ownership

Having great features is important, but a truly exceptional pick-up truck needs to offer peace of mind at the right price.

To this end, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is offered with a 7-year, unlimited mileage warranty, making it not just the best in class but among the best of any new vehicle on sale today.

Superb value for money

Buying an Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain as a lifestyle and family vehicle makes even more sense when you consider its competitive pricing.

Despite its capability, modern convenience features, and top-notch safety tech, the 2024 D-Max X-Terrain is priced at RM 157,938. For comparison, a similarly equipped Honda CR-V V (AWD) is priced at RM 181,900.

Join the go-anywhere lifestyle

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If you love camping, hiking, or even golfing, trust that the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain can get it done.

With proven performance, robust capability, great fuel efficiency, a premium interior, and safety features that rival more expensive SUVs, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain goes beyond being just a pick-up truck and emerges as a great lifestyle and family vehicle for discerning buyers who want to do it all. 

This post is sponsored by Isuzu Malaysia.

Arvind

Senior Writer

Arvind can't remember a time when he didn't wheel around a HotWheels car. This love evolved into an interest in Tamiya and RC cars and finally the real deal 1:1 scale stuff. Passion finally lead to formal training in Mechanical Engineering. Instead of the bigger picture, he obsesses with the final drive ratio and spring rates of cars and spends the weekends wondering why a Perodua Myvi is so fast.

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