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.

Isuzu Mu-X and D-MAX cutaway

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.

Isuzu Mu-X and D-MAX

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