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Isuzu Malaysia has introduced the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross range of pickup trucks. Based on the second-gen D-Max, which launched in Malaysia in May 2013, the V-Cross is powered by a VGS-equipped 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TCX turbodiesel that produces 177 PS at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm.

That’s a 40 hp and 60 Nm jump over the 2.5 litre VGS turbodiesel in the ‘regular’ D-Max, although made at the same revs. The engine is connected to either a five-speed manual or five-speed auto. All V-Cross variants are 4×4.

Standard exterior equipment includes 255/65 R17 alloys, front fog lamps, chromed folding wing mirrors with LED indicators, side steps, reverse sensors, roof rails and bedliner. Inside, all variants have auto air-con, variable intermittent wipers, a rear demister and speed-sensing auto door locks.

Safety-wise, all variants get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, ESC, TCS, Isofix, an alarm with immobiliser, and five three-point seat belts.

Additionally, there’s a range-topping V-Cross Safari variant. Finished in an exclusive Venetian Orange Mica, the auto-only variant has its exclusive rims, front grille, exclusive front bumper guard, side steps and side body cladding painted grey, and its roof rails matte black.

It also gets a sporty-looking rear deck lid called a V-Lid, “Italian Premium Leather” seats with orange stitching, special carpet mats and a 6.2-inch screen incorporating navigation, multimedia and a reverse camera display.

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OTR prices with insurance are as follows: V-Cross manual RM101,344, V-Cross auto RM107,460, V-Cross Safari auto RM118,486. A roll bar is a RM1,200 option (cannot be fitted on Safari because of the V-Lid).

Venetian Orange Mica (Safari only), Cosmic Black Mica, Garnet Red Mica, Titanium Silver Metallic and Splash White body colours are available. A three-year/100,000 km warranty is offered. The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross 3.0L will hit showrooms this weekend.

The second-gen Isuzu D-Max range in Malaysia is now thus (below prices are OTR without insurance):