Isuzu PH has launched the more powerful 3.0 liter diesel for its two best-sellers, the Mu-X and D-MAX. Initially released with 2.5 liter diesels, the larger engine comes with a 27 PS boost thanks to a 500cc increase and variable geometry system (VGS) turbo.
“While our current D-MAX and Mu-X line-up is very much appreciated by the market, there are those who wish to have more power. Thus, we are giving our customers the freedom to choose – between our current 2.5-liter engine and the new 3.0 VGS Turbo variant,” said Hajime Koso, president of Isuzu Philippines Corporation.
The most powerful engine in the lineup is available in the top spec models. Internally known as the 4JJI-TC (Hi), it puts out 163 PS and 380 Nm of torque. The company says the engine has been designed for maximum efficiency by providing smooth and even power delivery. As a result, the engine will run much more efficiently and quietly at cruising speed. The transmission choices for the D-MAX include a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission with a manu-matic function. The Mu-X, equipped with the 3.0 VGS Turbo, only comes with the 5-speed automatic with manu-matic.
Apart from the upgraded powertrain, the 3.0-liter Mu-X LS gets daytime running lights mounted by the foglamps, skid plates for underchassis protection, electronic stability control and a 10 inch monitor for rear passenger entertainment. Differentiating the 2.5-liter Mu-X from the 3.0 model is the chromed muffler cutter tailpipe, complementing the chrome trim on the front grill, door handle and rear door garnish. Both the D-MAX and Mu-X get a back up camera as standard to make reversing safer and easier.
The Isuzu Mu-X 3.0 VGS Turbo is available in six color options: Splash White, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Aqua Blue, Outback Brown and Silky Pearl White.
Meanwhile the Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 VGS Turbo gets a new color choice called Venetian Red along with the existing colors Cosmic Black, Garnet Red, Titanium Silver and Splash White.
Mu-X 4x2 LS-A A/T: Php 1,398,000
Mu-X 4x4 LS-A A/T: Php 1,708,000
D-MAX 4x2 LS M/T: Php 1,090,000
D-MAX 4x2 LS A/T: Php 1,160,000
D-MAX 4x4 LS M/T: Php 1,360,000
D-MAX 4x4 LS A/T: Php 1,430,000