Isuzu D-Max X-Series – limited edition, from RM120k

Isuzu Malaysia has launched the new D-Max X-Series, a limited edition model that adds a sportier look and extra kit for the long-serving pick-up truck, and brings back a name last used on another limited-run variant from 2013. It is available in 2.5L 4×4 A/T and V-Cross 3.0L 4×4 A/T variants, priced at RM119,539 and RM126,338 respectively, on-the-road without GST or insurance.

Adorning the outside of the D-Max (which still isn’t the facelifted version revealed in Thailand late last year) is a rather aggressive front spoiler, rear skirting and an “aero” sports bar along the bed. You also get grey and red bonnet and tailgate stripes that are similar to those on the previous X-Series, as well as a grey grille, red Isuzu badges and exterior puddle lighting. Colours are limited to Silky Pearl White and Stallion Black Metallic.

On the inside, the X-Series gets honeycomb quilted leather seats, special floor mats, red floor lighting, illuminated door sill plates, a 360-degree camera and a built-in Touch ‘n Go card reader to replace the driver’s SmartTAG. The rest of the cabin remains unchanged.

So is standard equipment on both models, which consists of halogen projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, grey 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, single-zone automatic climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, reverse sensors, a DVD navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen and eight speakers.

Safety-wise, the D-Max comes as standard with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. As for engines, the X-Series soldiers on with the D-Max’s 2.5 litre 4JK1-TCX turbodiesel making 136 PS and 320 Nm of torque, as well as the larger 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TCX unit producing 177 PS and 380 Nm. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox.

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