It won't be long before Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) launches the all-new mu-X in the country. Following the leak of the (tentative) prices of the 2022 mu-X, we recently managed to get a hold of what could be the final specifications of the next-generation SUV.
Thanks to our anonymous source, we can confirm that mu-X will be powered by two turbo-diesel engines and come with new and updated features. Meanwhile, Isuzu's Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) can be specified on higher-end variants.
Engines & Transmissions
Let's start with the SUV's powertrain. The 2022 mu-X will come with two turbo-diesel engines. Like the D-Max, the all-new SUV is available with either a 1.9-liter RZ4E or the more powerful 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX. The former makes 150 PS with 350 Nm of torque, while the latter generates 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque.
When it comes to transmission choices, a 6-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are available for the new mu-X. Last but not least, 4WD is available on the LS-E, while the LS and LS-A models will only come in RWD.
When it comes to the mu-X's size, the all-new model is slightly bigger than the outgoing generation. Measuring 4850mm long and 1870mm wide, the new SUV is now 25mm longer and 10mm wider. However, it's now 15mm shorter in height as it now stands at 1825mm tall (1815mm for the base LS). Meanwhile, the mu-X's wheelbase also grew and now measures 2855mm (+10mm)
Ground clearance is rated at 235mm for the LS-A and LS-E variants. The base LS only has 230mm of ground clearance available.
Standard equipment across the range
Despite having a total of five variants, Isuzu made sure the mu-X comes with some standard features across the range. All variants come with LED headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights, a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a navigation system, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function, and rear A/C vents.
All mu-X models also come loaded with an abundance of safety features. It gets anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, brake override system, electronic stability control, traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, front skid plate, oil pan guard, and a fuel tank protector.
It wouldn't be all-new if the 2022 mu-X didn't come with a wide array of new features. LED foglights are standard on the 3.0L LS-A and LS-E models, along with an 8-speaker sound system (lesser variants get 6-speakers), a 220V power socket on the top-spec variants, a power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, and walk-away auto door locks.
But perhaps the most high-tech upgrade the mu-X received is the addition of ADAS. Much like the D-Max, the SUV now comes with a suite of smart safety systems. These include forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency brake, pedal misapplication mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and a multi-collision brake system.
The intelligent safety system is only available on the range-topping 4x2 and 4x4 LS-E models of the 2022 mu-X.
With the amount of equipment the all-new mu-X has received, it looks like the Isuzu has a winner on their hands. But does it translate to value for money when compared to its (tentative) prices? We'll find out once IPC officially launches the all-new mu-X in the country.