Isuzu Malaysia is pitting its sole SUV model, the mu-X, on tough challenge; participating in the 2016 Borneo Safari International Offroad Challenge. The Borneo Safari Offroad challenge is slated to be held in Sabah from 30 October – 6 November. Isuzu Malaysia has provided the team with a modified mu-X in the form of the mu-X Monster, the most menacing Isuzu SUV offroader ever!
For the first time, one unit of modified Isuzu mu-X `Monster’ leads the charge of Isuzu M’sia 4-vehicle assault ob the 2016 Borneo Safari. The Isuzu squad will take on the unforgiving jungles of Sabah in the 26th edition of the largest and most established modified 4X4 event in Asia. The other Isuzu vehicles comprise of three D-Max ‘Monster’ pick-ups, Modifications to the Isuzu mu-X were limited to the exterior as the 2.5-liter VGS turbo Intercooler diesel engine matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift remained stock standard. The similar standard practice was applied for the D-Max Monster pick ups.
This year’s Borneo Safari will be the toughest yet, with routes that run along the base of Mount Kinabalu. The course extends across the districts of Ranau & Kota Marudu and includes nearly 40 km of hardcore trails, comprising mainly abandoned logging trails and several river crossings.
Isuzu Malaysia Executive Director Hajime Machimura expressed confidence in the ability of the Isuzu mu-X to excel despite the rough terrains and treacherous weather expected in the 2016 Borneo Safari. “Although it is a lifestyle SUV, the Isuzu mu-X shares the same tough DNA as our Isuzu D-Max pick-up, which has repeatedly proven itself in every edition of Borneo Safari since its debut in 2005. It is definitely all set for more.”
“We are thankful that Isuzu has been supporting the event for the past 10 consecutive years. Their unwavering support is one of the key reasons why we have been able to grow this event from strength to strength. We have 400 participating vehicles this year, which is the highest in the history of Borneo Safari. And the number keeps going up every year!” Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association President Faez A Nordin added.