Amazing Isuzu D-Max 1.9-Litre Engine Proves Its Capability in 1K Challenge

With maximum load through the Titiwangsa mountain range

Having showcased its fuel-sipping prowess in hypermiling events such as the Dura Miles Challenge where the Isuzu D-Max was driven from Bangkok to Singapore on the same tank of fuel, Isuzu Malaysia raised the ante by putting its new 1.9-litre Blue Power engine through an extreme challenge that clearly underlines its capable performance and engineering supremacy.

The 1.9-litre Single Cab model was loaded to its maximum permissible capacity of a ton and driven  through some of the highest accessible hills along the Titiwangsa Mountain Range, reaching its destination having clocked over 1,000km in the Isuzu D-Max 1.9 Blue Power Dura Challenge – with two bars of fuel remaining in the tank.

Prior to starting its journey from the Isuzu-Hicom Malaysia factory in Pekan, Pahang, a thorough inspection of the test Isuzu D-Max 1.9-litre Single Cab model was conducted by PUSPAKOM to verify its conformity as a showroom-standard unit before ensuring the weight of the load exceeded the 1,000kg target.

With its crates, bonnet and fuel tank sealed, the Isuzu D-Max headed north for its first challenge – the East-West highway linking Jeli in Kelantan and Gerik in Perak with a climb to the peak of 1,052m before heading to Ipoh for the night.

The next day, the challenge was even more daunting as the lone white Single Cab embarked on the arduous climb up 1,112m to Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands before heading on to Fraser’s Hill (1,222m) via Raub. From there, the journey took on an even-bigger challenge; the 1,604m-high climb up to Genting Highlands before ending the journey at the Isuzu Service Centre in Shah Alam after clocking 1,145km.

Consuming an average of just 7.2L/100km (13.7km/L) based on the reading from its on-board computer, the 1.9L Single Cab arrived through the gates of the finish point with ample fuel to spare in its 76-litre tank.

Powered by the latest 1.9-litre Blue Power diesel engine that produces more power and torque than the 2.5-litre model it replaces, the Isuzu D-Max Single Cab model maximizes its performance through innovative technologies including a novel combustion chamber and intake manifold design, a new fuel injection system that provides more accurate fuel atomization and a newly-developed Variable Geometry (VGS) Turbocharger that delivers better engine response over a wider rev range.

Combined with low-friction parts that have been coated with Molybdenum and Graphite, the engine is able to provide enhanced reliability while reducing stress on individual components.  These combine to reduce the engine weight by 56kg making new Isuzu D-Max 1.9-litre Blue Power models one of the most dependable and affordable pick-up trucks on the market due to its lower maintenance costs and reduced road tax.

All Isuzu D-Max models including the 1.9-litre Single Cab come with a 5-year 150,000km warranty, ensuring that owners enjoy an ownership experience that enable them to enjoy the most of their dependable and efficient Isuzu pick-up trucks.

For more on Isuzu D-Max models, visit  or Isuzu Malaysia’s social media pages @ISUZU.DMax.Malaysia.

Izzat Shaharel
Being an adrenaline junkie, Izzat has always had a passion for cars. From a compact to a supercar, he doesn't discriminate and judges based on merits. Being in the automotive industry for the past few years, he's an aspiring automotive journalist and has been making Youtube videos since May 2019.

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