A new engine variant for the Isuzu mu-X and D-Max has just been launched and it promises cleaner emissions, more power and better efficiency. Joining the recently launched 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCX Blue Power is the smaller 1.9-liter turbo-diesel called the RZ4E.
“The global trend of producing smaller capacity engine that has an output of larger engines has come to Isuzu. The new RZ4E Blue Power engine, carries with it our years of experience as a diesel engine manufacturer. Carefully developed to provide optimized power and torque; this engine performs efficiently, with much care for the environment, running with less noise & vibrations, and is very easy to maintain,” said Hajime Koso, Isuzu Philippines Corporation president.
Like the 3.0-liter mill, the new engine also benefits from Euro 4 compliant Blue Power technology and is smaller than the 4JK1-TC. The new engine displaces 1898cc and generates 150 PS at 3600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 1800 – 2600 rpm. New technological features present in the RZ4E engine include Diamond-like Coated (DLC) piston pins, new fracture split design connecting rods and DLC fuel injector needles. According to Isuzu, all of these make for better fuel economy, cleaner exhaust emissions and decreased engine friction.
IPC also previewed the refreshed D-Max which now also comes with the RZ4E engine. It gets a fresher-looking front fascia, new alloy wheels and restyled headlights.
Beside the engine itself, the RZ4E is also equipped with a water-cooled variable geometry turbocharger system (VGS). This allows the small 1.9-liter motor to produce excellent throttle response even at low rpms.
In terms of features,the RZ4E mu-X can come with the following: touchscreen infotainment system, LED ambient lighting, fabric seats, gloss black plastc trim, multi-info display and automatic-climate control system as such.
Available colors for the mu-X RZ4E are: Cosmic Black, Havana Brown, Obsidian Gray, Titanium Silver and Silky Pearl White which will only be available on LS-A variants and will be a Php 10,000 addition.
Pricing for the 2018 mu-X RZ4E variants are as follows:
mu-X RZ4E 4x2 LS M/T – Php 1,395,000
mu-X RZ4E 4x2 LS-A M/T – Php 1,570,000
mu-X RZ4E 4x2 LS-A A/T – Php 1,595,000
Pricing of the 2018 D-Max RZ4E variants will be announced at a later date.