Isuzu Malaysia unveiled another D-Max version last night, a limited edition model called 2012 HI-DEF. It’s based on the 3.0L 4×4 variant of the pickup and is available in both automatic and manual transmission forms. In keeping with the LE theme of previous HI-DEF models, which were 200 unit runs, there’s just about the same for the current special edition, except the number has been increased by 10 to make it 210.
There are no mechanical changes from the current 3.0 litre D-Max models; essentially, it’s a spruce-up job consisting of luxurious fittings and trim, helping to dress up the truck into a polished and refined machine, as Isuzu puts it.
The truck comes in a special Platinum Brown Mica shade, and there’s Mercury Silver Metallic if the former isn’t your cuppa. The rims feature a titanium finish, while the radiator and under grilles feature a lattice design finished in chrome. There’s also a new bumper guard and chrome body stripe work the visuals a bit.
Aside from that, there are HI-DEF decals on the sides of the vehicle and on the tailgate, while the door visors have their own HI-DEF logos. Oh, and the front door sills wear a blue-lit Izusu logo, so you’ll always know which truck you’re in.
Kit includes a newly-designed D-Box, which is a unique lid cover allowing cargo to be locked away or removed altogether to haul larger items. It wears a rugged side profile roll bar, offering the truck a more muscular profile. You can of course opt for an anodised aluminium roll bar in place of the D-Box.
As for the interior, it gets dressed up with brown Italian leather-wrapped seats that have HI-DEF logos stitched into them, and the carpet mats are also exclusive to the limited edition model. Also strapped on is an integrated entertainment and navigation command centre, which handles just about anything you can think of in terms of media playback – the system also features Bluetooth hands-free connection as well as a reverse camera.
The Isuzu D-Max HI-DEF Limited Edition is priced from RM96,498 (RM97,680 in Sabah, and RM97,911 in Sarawak), on-the-road, without insurance.