Isuzu sure has the knack for constantly updating their cars on a regular basis. This year will be no different as they have introduced the mu-X for the 2019 model year.
Now, there are no major changes to the popular pickup-platform vehicle (PPV) but it does get cosmetic tweaks inside and out. Now being offered in Thailand, when will it be launched in the Philippines?
But first, what's new in the mu-X this year? While it may seem difficult to spot, the front bumper design has been slightly altered with slightly darker cladding in the standard models (Limited edition models get color-keyed pieces). Also, the slats for the center air intake are slightly more prominent than before. At the rear, the same darker cladding has been applied to the bumper. These changes are then wrapped up by a set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a unique pattern.
For now, Isuzu has not released any photos of the interior just yet expect for the premium Onyx edition. That particular variant has leather seats with a rectagular pattern plus ambient LED lighting on the doors to go along with it. The Onyx does come with more gloss black trimmings, befitting its name. These features sound similar to the limited edition Luxe sold in the Philippines. That being said, it is likely that it will be mostly carried over from the current LS-A variants.
As for engines, the mu-X powertrain options are the same as the current one. There's the 1.9-liter BluePower diesel for 4x2 models the 3.0-liter BluePower unit for the range-topping 4x4 and select two-wheel drive models. Interestingly, the 2019 mu-X with the 1.9-liter mill has been given stop/start tech which shuts the engine off when the vehicle is stationary. It then starts again when the brakes are released. This feature is not available in the 3.0-liter models.
So when will it arrive here? As it was just released in Thailand, it might not be that long of a wait for the Philippine market. It is possible that it will make its debut here in either the middle or towards the end of 2019.