The 2019 asia most extreme off-road event, the Borneo Safari, will see Isuzu take part in the event with the latest Isuzu D-Max 1.9. For over a decade, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre have proven to be one of the most capable vehicles in the event having safely and effectively transported members of the media through the rugged terrain despite receiving only minimal modifications to the basic vehicle.
“This year, we bring the challenge to the new 1.9-litre engine to prove just how capable it is over the unforgiving terrain despite its small engine displacement,” said Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Masayuki Suzuki.
To recap, the Isuzu D-Max features the newly developped 1.9-litre engine, the smallest engine in its class, yet produces higher power and torque than the older 2.5-litre engine while being more fuel efficient and being 56kg lighter than the 2.5L. Through innovative design and engineering, the new model is expected to perform better in the difficult off-road conditions as it has in on-road situations where the new model has impressed thus far.
Apart from the extreme mud terrain tyres, uprated suspension to accommodate the larger wheels, heavy duty body protection, a winch and an air snorkel, the Isuzu D-Max is practically a stock standard truck that customers can purchase off the showroom floor.
The Isuzu D-Max was handed over to the organizing team of the Borneo Safari in Kota Kinabalu as part of Isuzu Malaysia’s commitment as the event’s Diamond Sponsor to provide media vehicles for the event.
This year’s Borneo Safari is the 29th event in its history and the 13th year that it has received support from Isuzu Malaysia. The event is scheduled to begin in Kota Kinabalu on 27th October and will take a more southerly loop, skirting Beaufort, Tenom, Keningau and Tambunan before heading back to the city on 3rd November 2019 for the closing ceremony.