Isuzu Philippines Corporation has today launched the all new 2014 Isuzu MU-X SUV at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, replacing the Alterra SUV that was sold from 2005 to 2014.
“It is well known that Isuzu manufactures some of the world’s best diesel-powered vehicles,” said IPC President Nobuo Izumina. “While most of these models are reputed for their robust construction, making them ideal workhorses, the same qualities also underlie Isuzu vehicles that are built for leisure, comfort and performance. The All-New Isuzu mu-X is a perfectly stylish example of this, delivering impressive utility that is mixed with a premium driving experience.”
The 2014 Isuzu MU-X arrives in a market segment to compete against the likes of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer (to which it is related in terms of development) as well as the Ford Everest.
The 2014 MU-X is actually shorter than its predecessor as it now measures 4825mm long (previous: 4950mm), though it is wider at 1860mm (previous: 1800mm) and taller at 1805mm (previous: 1840mm). Wheelbases is also much shorter at 2845mm whereas the previous one was at 3050mm. The new dimensions put the MU-X squarely in the mid-size SUV category.
Powering all variants of the 2014 Isuzu MU-X is the high-powered version of the 2.5 liter 4JK1-TC (HI) engine with a variable geometry turbo and an intercooler. The new engine makes 136 PS at 3400 rpm and 320 Nm from 1800 to 3200 rpm. Customers can choose from either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. The suspension has also been revised for the MU-X.
Standard features for the Isuzu MU-X 4x2 LS base model include a 5-speed manual transmission, fabric seats, a urethane steering wheel, 16-inch wheels, dual front and rear air conditioning, central locks, power steering, a 7-inch touchscreen CD/DVD/USB/MP3 audio unit with Bluetooth. The Isuzu MU-X 4x2 LS-M adds a height adjustable driver's seat, two more 12 volt sockets, deluxe fabric seats, an alarm, an anti-lock brake system, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, among others.
The Isuzu MU-X 4x2 LS-A adds features like iPod connectivity for the audio unit, a 5-speed automatic, a rear view camera, a start stop system, a 10 inch roof-mounted screen for the DVD system, 17 inch wheels, automatic climate control, leather seats, traction control, electronic stability control, among others. The 4x4 LS-A has similar features as the 4x2 LS-A but adds terrain command select dial and a 4x4 drivetrain and a few other creature comforts.
Isuzu Philippines Corporation is offering the 2014 MU-X in four variants with 6 color options: Cosmic Black, Outback Brown, Aqua Blue, Titanium Silver, Silky Pearl White and Splash White.
2014 Isuzu MU-X 4x2 LS 5-M/T PhP 1,188,000
2014 Isuzu MU-X 4x2 LS-M 5-MT PhP 1,260,000
2014 Isuzu MU-X 4x2 LS-A 5-AT PhP 1,358,000
2014 Isuzu MU-X 4x4 LS-A 5-AT PhP 1,748,000