Four months from now, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) will soon be saying goodbye to the Crosswind due to more stringent emission laws (shift from Euro II to Euro IV) that will take effect on January 1, 2018. As a way to send off the enduring AUV, the automaker recently released a limited edition variant of the Crosswind called the Black Series.
Described by IPC as 'classic & classy' and 'timeless but modern', the Black Series Crosswind gets an aggressive look thanks to new blacked-out exterior components along with several upgrades. It's available in the XT, XUV and Sportivo-X models.
Beginning with the front fascia, both the front grill and front bumper get a matte black finish. Meanwhile, the 15-inch alloy wheels are painted in gloss black (Sportivo X models get a unique red striping on the wheels). Both the XUV and Sportivo models roll on 235/70 all-terrain tires while the XT gets 205/65 highway tires as standard.
Aside from the face and wheels, the side mirror caps of the XT and XUV are also painted matte black. The Sportivo X, on the other hand, still comes with silver painted side mirror caps. Completing it all are the rear bumper and spare wheel cover which also get the matte black treatment. As an added bonus, the Black Series can also be upgraded with a roof rack.
Powering all variants of the Black Series Crosswind is the reliable 2.5-liter 4JA-1L turbo-diesel engine. It puts 85 PS at 3900 rpm along with 185 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.
Available colors for the XT and XUV include: Obsidian Gray and Venetian Black. Meanwhile, the Sportivo X is available in three shades: Ash Beige, Cosmic Black and Splash White.
Pricing of the Crosswind Black Series are as follows:
Crosswind XT Black Series – PhP 973,000
Crosswind XUV Black Series – PhP 1,100,000
Crosswind Sportivo X Black Series M/T – 1,220,000
Crosswind Sportivo X Black Series A/T – 1,285,000