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Isuzu Philippines to debut 1.9-liter Blue Power diesel engine

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Jose Altoveros / Jose Altoveros, Isuzu Thailand | October 23, 2017 13:45

Isuzu Philippines confirms arrival of 1.9-liter Blue Power diesel engine

It seems like Isuzu's 1.9-liter Blue Power diesel engine will soon be making its local debut in the Philippines. In a closed door interview held with select media members, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) president Hajime Koso said that the 1.9-liter variant of their Blue Power turbodiesel engine would be introduced in the country.

Isuzu 1.9-liter Blue Power diesel engine to make local debut

When asked regarding which vehicle it would debut in, Koso-san refused to reveal any details and insisted that we wait for its local debut. IPC sales division head Mr. Joseph Bautista added that Isuzu is currently preparing for its arrival in the country, but did not reveal as to when it will be released or offered to the public.

Outside the Philippines, the 1.9-liter Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel engine is offered on both the mu-X and the D-Max. The engine was first introduced a few years back first on the D-Max and later the mu-X. Power output for the engine is rated at 150 PS and 360 Nm of torque, which is mated to either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Given that the IPC officials have remained quiet, we can only speculate as to whether only one or both models will receive the 1.9-liter variant of Isuzu's Blue Power engine. At the moment, the 2018 mu-X is only offered with the 3.0-liter variant with an automatic transmission. A new engine option could allow IPC to release more variants and compete with other SUVs in the same segment.

For those wondering how the 3.0-liter variant of Isuzu's Blue Power diesel performs, check out our review of the 2018 Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS 4x4 A/T and the 2018 Isuzu mu-X LS-A 3.0 4x2 A/T.