Is this the final version of the Crosswind?
Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) releases yet another version of their popular Crosswind with features commonly found in SUVs and labels it as the Sportivo X.
From the top, new roof rails have been installed for securing various outdoor gear. Next is a rear spoiler with a high-mount LED stop lamp and reverse camera. Side-view mirrors are now fitted with power-fold feature and integrated LED turn signal lamps and garnished with chrome accents. The spare tire cover is finished with a unique matte black paint with silver accent, reverse sensing system is also fitted into the silver-accented rear diffuser.
The Sportivo X is also adorned with practical side step boards and a pair of all-weather front foglamps. All the Crosswind variants are also equipped with halogen projector headlights and a shark's fin-inspired antenna. New 15-inch alloy wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires round up the model's list of new exterior features.
"The Crosswind is a very important model for Isuzu Philippines Corporation as we intend to reach a sales target of 13,000 units this year," said IPC President Ryoji Yamazaki. "The 2013 Sportivo X is such a vehicle as it keeps the strengths that various Crosswind models have been known for but now carries many premium features," he adds.
The 2013 Sportivo X comes in Rich Red, Satin Silver and Ebony Black while the Crosswind XT comes in Glacial White, Midnight Blue and Rich Red, and the Crosswind XL is available in Glacial White and Titanium Silver. IPC prices the 2013 Sportivo X A/T at P1,205,000; the Sportivo X M/T at P1,140,000; XT at P883,000; and the XL at P794,000.
Usually an X edition marks the end of a successful era, could this be the final edition Isuzu Crosswind? We did get a few hints from a reliable source about a possible replacement for the Isuzu Crosswind in the works. GM recently announced a new global MPV in the form of the Chevrolet Spin based on the Cobalt, and could be a possible platform sharing candidate. It would really be nice to see another player in the modern Asian MPV segment currently being monopolized by the Toyota Innova.
The next generation Isuzu D-Max which is scheduled to arrive in Philippine shores sometime next year and the recently released Chevrolet Colorado share the same platform due to Isuzu's longtime experience in the two-ton pickup segment.