The New Isuzu D-Max 1.9 DdiPOSTED BY Kaynis Chong ON 22 September 2019
Blue Power engine
Future proof and a Marvel in downsizing
by Justin Voon
Pick-up truck enthusiasts and in particular Isuzu D’Max fans have been waiting patiently for this down-sized diesel engine, ever since its introduction in Thailand four years ago.
Smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient, more powerful than its predecessor the D Max 2.5L, the 1.9 Ddi BluePower engine is an eminent example of successful engine downsizing.
Plus it comes future-proofed for B20 biodiesel that Malaysia may adopt in 2020.
“Looking to next year when the government proposed introducing B20 biodiesel, we only need to swap the fuel hose of the truck. It’s minor work and just a short time to do,” said Koji Nakamura, MD and CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
The new D-Max pick-up truck now comes with 2 turbo diesel engine options.
- The 1.9 litre RZ4E output 150 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque.
- The 3.0 litre 4JJ1 output 177 PS of power and 380 Nm of torque.
The main draw
The 1.9 litre RZ4E engine is just under 2.0 litre at 1898 cc, compared to the outgoing and less powerful but bigger 2.5 litre 4JK1 engine with 136 PS and 325 Nm of torque.
The 1.9 litre engine is 56 kg lighter than the 2.5 litre engine, giving the pick up an overall lower kerb weight.
Other highlights of the 1.9 litre engine includes the use of a steel timing chain for better reliability and reduced service cost. The new mill also features “diamond -like” (ceramic?) coating to the fuel injectors and pistons for lesser friction, translating to a quieter engine, more efficient fuel consumption and improved performance.
This engine currently boast the lowest displacement pick-up truck on sale in Malaysia today, beating its next nearest rival the Ford Ranger’s 2.0 litre EcoBlue engine.
Lower Road taxes
For buyers in especially in Semenanjung Malaysia, where road tax is higher than East Malaysia, the Isuzu D’max 1.9 litre lower road tax certainly draws buyers economic attention. i.e. RM 399.20 vs RM 839.20 per year or a considerable 52% savings annually.
Better late than never
The 1.9 litre turbo diesel mill only made its way here after being extensively tested on the local Euro 2M diesel. A pre-fuel filter was added for smoother and reliable drive functionalities in local conditions.
There are 11 variants of the D-Max on sale in single and double cab versions. Both the single and double-cab pickups are available in choice of the 1.9 litre or the 3.0 litre engine which can be mated to either manual or automatic transmission.
Well, it’s now available in Malaysia from RM80,000 (without Insurance ) upwards. The suspense created by the 1.9 Ddi Blue Power engine is certainly justified and worth the wait.
Early bird buyers of the new Isuzu D-Max can enjoy a 5 years unlimited warranty (subject to terms and conditions).
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