What’s in a new engine? Well, for Isuzu, quite a lot. The Japanese commercial vehicle specialist introduced its latest 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower engine for its D-Max pick-up truck in Thailand way back in 2015, but even though we’ve seen a facelift and a smattering of special editions since, the new mill has always eluded us. That’s the problem with having lower-quality fuel than the rest of our peers, and if you recall, there was also a two-year delay for the introduction of Mitsubishi’s new-generation MIVEC engine for the Triton. But the fact of the matter is that this segment waits for no one, and plenty of new and impressive rivals have surfaced in the ensuing years. While all this was happening, the D-Max was saddled with its outdated and underpowered 2.5 litre engine, which felt increasingly out of place next to the powerful, refined diesel mills of its competitors. That left Isuzu fighting for scraps on the table with one arm tied behind its back. But now, after four long years, Isuzu Malaysia has finally introduced the newfangled mill, which is claimed to be more powerful, efficient and refined than before. It finally gives the truck a shot in… Read full this story
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