Exactly one year ago, Isuzu surprised the motoring world when they revealed the all-new D-Max. Sporting a new look inside and out, the third-generation D-Max not only looks sleek but gets a wide array of high-tech features too.
Now, Isuzu is gearing up for the global reveal of the next-generation mu-X. That's right, the all-new seven-seater will be making its debut in Thailand very soon, October 28, 2020, to be exact. To give the motoring public a glimpse of it, Isuzu recently dropped a teaser video of the 2021 mu-X before its scheduled reveal.
Looking at the teaser video, the next-gen mu-X gets a similar headlight design as the D-Max. But unlike the pick-up truck which has its LED daytime running lights (DRLs) placed below the headlights, the mu-X's DRLs are located above the headlights. We also get to see a glimpse of the mu-X's redesigned taillights which appear to have some inspiration from a Toyota rival.
Side-by-side with the patent images leaked a couple of weeks ago, and the design is not far off from what Isuzu is going to reveal soon.
There are no teaser images of the mu-X's cabin yet. But since this is basically still a D-Max in SUV form, we won't be surprised if it will have a similar interior design. With that, we can expect it to have a new steering wheel, a refreshed instrument cluster, as well as a swoopy-looking dashboard complete with a massive touchscreen, and toggle switches on the automatic climate control system.
Under the hood, the mu-X will most likely be powered by the same turbo-diesel engines as the new D-Max. This means it will come available with either a 3.0-liter BluePower that makes 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque or the smaller 1.9-liter RZ4E BluePower which puts out 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. A choice between a six-speed automatic and manual transmissions are also expected to be available for the upcoming 2021 mu-X.
With Isuzu Philippines only just now preparing for the arrival of the all-new D-Max for next year, could this mean that the 2021 mu-X will arrive in the Philippines next year? Perhaps, but it might arrive sometime in Q3 or Q4 of next year. We're hoping the mu-X will arrive in the Philippines sooner rather than later, as out market is really seen by Isuzu as the benchmark for these PPVs.