If you’re a regular reader of, you know the drill when it comes to imminent launches of new cars in Malaysia – car gets spotted (usually more than once) or teased, ads start to spring up on our sister classifieds domain offering indicative pricing and specs, before the whole affair finally comes to rest in the launch itself – at times not without a brochure leak or two somewhere in between.

In the case of the second-gen Isuzu D-Max, it’s pretty much been a waiting game – the pick-up truck made its world debut in Thailand back in September 2011. It was to be a full 18 months later before we spotted one at JPJ, and shortly after we saw another that looked very much like it on the road.

But you know what they say – better late than never. We now have three separate listings from the same seller for the 4×2 manual, 4×4 manual and 4×4 auto (click on the links to view the ads in full), stating indicative prices of RM70k, 85k and 100k respectively. All are powered by a 136 hp/320 Nm 2.5 litre VGS turbodiesel and both manual and auto ‘boxes offer five speeds.

The second-gen D-Max sits on a new platform called i-GRIP, or Isuzu Gravity Responsive Intelligent Platform. Isuzu says its body is 42% stiffer than before, resulting in better ride and handling. More information, as well as what our northern neighbours get, can be found here. Not long now!