The Isuzu D-Max has built a solid reputation as one of the toughest and most capable off-road vehicles in the annual Borneo Safari off-road challenge with its mighty off-roading ability in one of the toughest and most extreme events in the region.
The new Isuzu D-Max 1.9 litre that was launch barely two months ago took the challenge to continue the tradition and proved its capability as it successfully negotiates the tough terrain in the seven-day event and picking up the organizer’s Special Award, recognizing its remarkable off-roading capabilities.
The new Isuzu D-Max 1.9 litre nicknamed ‘Blue Monster’ was virtually stock standard except for the addition of the body lift, the mud terrain tyres, long-travel shock absorbers, snorkel, winch and heavy-duty guards to make it more suited to the terrain. What’s shocking is that the ‘Blue Monster’ barely had 200km on the odometer before it was driven into the jungles of Sabah as a media support vehicle for the grueling event which began and ended in Kota Kinabalu.
Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia, Masayuki Suzuki said “Off-road enthusiasts understand that strong and balanced power delivery is vital when tackling extremes in the jungle. With its impressive power delivery perfectly matched to its new 6-speed gearbox, the new 1.9-litre Blue Power D-Max simply showed its pedigree and dispelled any notion about the capability of its diminutive engine displacement.”
The ‘Blue Monster’ joined ‘Red Monster’, ‘White Monster’ and ‘Black Monster’ as part of Isuzu Malaysia’s commitment as the event’s Diamond Sponsor. Members of the media utilized the vehicles to get close to the heart of the action in this year’s event which has been organized annually since 1991 and Isuzu Malaysia has been a keen supporter of the event, furnishing it with its dependable Isuzu D-Max for the last 13 years.