Say hello to Isuzu Philippine Corporation's (IPC) latest addition in the mu-X family. Launched last March 17 at Isuzu Cebu, the limited-run Black Series variant brings a host of exterior and interior refinements that give the pickup-platform vehicle (PPV) a more sophisticated and sleeker finish.

“As Isuzu Philippines’ bestselling and flagship model, the Isuzu mu-X Black Series deserves to have the best features that address the expectations of even more discerning customers. That is why we strive to continually introduce upgrades to this premium and highly capable SUV. The Isuzu mu-X Black Series is the latest product of such efforts, and we’re confident that the model will appeal to a more sophisticated market,” said Shojiro Sakoda, IPC vice president.

Rear of the 2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series

Immediately seen in front of the mu-X Black Series is the Cosmic Black front grill and the two-tone front bumper. Its top portion matches with the PPV's body color while the bottom section of the bumper is painted Cosmic Black.

Towards the side, Isuzu also applied the dark hue on the mu-X's new side stepboards. Meanwhile, the roof rails are finished in gloss black and are rated to hold up to 60 kg of luggage. It is then topped off by the redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/65/ tires and the rear tailgate garnish that is also finished in Cosmic Black.

Inside the 2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series

Inside, the Black Series mu-X receives some subtle interior upgrades. For starters, new faux carbon fiber trim pieces spruce up the cabin and are spread throughout the interior. The new accents can be seen on the center console, dashboard and door panels as such.

On the other hand, the door handles are now finished in chrome which contrast the carbon fiber trim. Finishing it all off are the soft-padded armrests and center console, the organizer box which makes for easier stowage of big and small items and a unique finish on the key fob.

The new organizer box in the 2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series

As it is based off the 3.0L mu-X LS-A 4x2 A/T, the limited edition Black Series is packed full of in-car amenities. Such features present inside the mu-X include: 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, navigation, power folding side mirrors, multi-info display, 10-inch ceiling mounted rear monitor, six-speaker audio system, leather upholstery for the seats and steering wheel and a 6-way power adjust driver's seat.

The faux carbon fiber on the key fob of the mu-x Black Series

Providing power to the Black Series is the familiar 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TC (Hi) turbo-diesel. The four-cylinder engine benefits from a variable geometry system (VGS) turbocharger and direct injection. This results in a maximum output of 163 PS at 3200 rpm along with 380 Nm of torque at 2200 rpm. It is then mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox (with manual select) that drives the rear wheels.

Key Isuzu executives at the launch of the 2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series

Safety features standard on the Black Series are: dual SRS airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC), hill-start assist (HSA) and a reverse camera with rear sensors.

2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series launched in Cebu

Available colors for the 2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series are Cosmic Black and Garnet Red. It is now available in all authorized Isuzu dealerships and satellite branches nationwide.

2017 Isuzu mu-X Black Series – Php 1,568,000