Isuzu wants you to ‘Take the Lead’ with the All-New mu-X


AFTER the successful launch of the all-new D-MAX, we knew that it was only a matter of time its all-new SUV sibling would come out.

Until recently, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) finally ended the long wait and brought in the All-New mu-X in the country. Now on its second generation, this new seven-seater SUV exudes quintessential luxury while retaining the brand’s heritage when it comes to reliability and power. We could not agree more.

“With the introduction of the New Isuzu D-MAX early this year, much anticipation and excitement have been created for the mu-X, which has become one of the leading SUVs in the market, due to its versatility, durability, and overall reliability,” said IPC president, Hajime Koso. “Finally, the long wait is over; get ready to be impressed and moved with a mu-X that will give you confidence and pleasure to drive. A mu-X that we’ve never seen before, one that will definitely push you further to ‘Take the Lead,’” he added.

Fresh design concepts

The first is “Robust.” It is a concept highly reminiscent of toughness. It also represents the brand’s identity comprising of innovation, performance, and safety. Nest is “Exclusive.” Unique to the full model-change mu-X, it symbolizes precision, excellent craftsmanship, and the pleasure of ownership.

As for its latest styling, the combined “Emotional” and “Solid” impressions capture the delight of owning an SUV. With enhanced levels of comfort and luxury, the All-New Isuzu mu-X conveys a feeling of la dolce vita inside and out to keep drivers excited whether they are on or off the road. Notably, the new “World Cross Flow” front grille design showcases the brand’s identity transitioning to a progressive but sophisticated character. More evidently, the rear end’s fresh look and bolder tailgate.

Lush and convenient

Inside, it is all about sophistication and intelligent design. It now has that appeal to human response sensors with pleasurable space for both the driver and passengers. With the driver in mind, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector designs convey that relaxed feel. Even the telescopic adjusted helm’s diameter was reduced for better positioning and maneuverability. The inner door trims and the door and console armrests now have thick, soft materials and were re-shaped to maximize comfort. As for the driver’s instruments, the gauges now have crystal-like scales similar to elegant timepieces.

Creating more space

Structurally, the B-Pillars were adjusted forward by 25-mm for additional legroom and now have assist handles. Whereas the C-Pillars are made narrower, its rear quarter bottom glass edge is lowered so there is continuity of visibility, favoring a more excellent driver’s field of view. Second and third-row seats are now wider with increased cushions and thickness. Headrests are now larger and with higher height adjust levels while still allowing child seat mounting.

Superior performance and a top-notch safety

Motivation comes from the new 4JJ3-TCX turbo engine with six-speed automatic transmission. Power rating is at 187 horsepower and 450 N-m of maximum torque. As for some specific variants, the proven reliable and efficient RZ4E-TC engine has improved with better exhaust emission, providing a quieter with minor vibration powertrain.

Chassis now has more oversized side rails reinforced through an eight-Cross Member design for increased torsional rigidity and added protection against side/rear collisions. Further, both front and back suspensions have been tuned to minimize body rolls when cornering. Standing at 1,822-mm and 2,855-mm long, it has reliable steel underbody protection and a wading depth of up to 800-mm.

Pricing and variant

The top-spec 3.0L 4×4 LS-E AT retails at P2.450 million, while the 3.0L 4×2 LS-E AT is at P2.1 million. The 3.0L 4×2 LS-A AT retails at P1.9 million, while the RZ4E 4×2 LS-A MT is at P1.77 million. As for the RZ4E 4×2 LS AT variant, it sells affordably at P1.590 million. Shipping and handling charges are not included (provincial dealers).

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