Isuzu Malaysia marked the 10th consecutive year of its sponsorship of and participation in Borneo Safari with a four-vehicle squad. A flag-off was held proper prior to the start of the 4X4 off-road challenge.
The chosen model for the 2016 Borneo Safari challenge is the seven-seater Isuzu MU-X Monster. The Isuzu MU-X Monster thus makes its anticipated debut in the world’s most grueling 4X4 off-road challenge, the Borneo Safari. Alongside the specially tuned MU-X, Isuzu Malaysia pits three ‘Borneo Safari-proven’ Isuzu D-Max Monsters as support vehicles.
This year’s Borneo Safari will be the toughest yet, with routes that run along the base of Mount Kinabalu, State of Sabah. 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.
For the first time, the 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.
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.”
The Borneo Safari Isuzu MU-X and D-Max Monsters, carrying 12 press members from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, were flagged-off in Kota Kinabalu, today.