Jose Altoveros / AutoIndustriya.com | October 24, 2017 09:34
Isuzu Philippines says no direct of the Crosswind likely
Earlier this year, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC brought together members of the media for one last drive of the Crosswind. After 16 years in the market, the ever popular AUV will soon be discontinued as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) requires all newly purchased cars starting January 1, 2018 will have to meet Euro-IV emissions standards. Unfortunately the Crosswind only meets Euro-II and can no longer be registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) when bought new when the time comes.
At the recent launch of Isuzu's Blue Power model line up in Cebu, IPC heads said that there is currently no direct successor being considered, when asked about the Crosswind's discontinuation. It seems as though Isuzu would rather focus on both the D-Max and mu-X with regards to model lineup in the passenger segment.
According to IPC, bringing the Crosswind up to Euro-IV standard would be no easy task as it currently only meets Euro-II standards. Swapping in a new powerplant, such as the 1.9-liter Blue Power diesel engine would likely cost a lot as well. Hence, the plan of the discontinuation of Isuzu's most popular people carrier.
Though we will soon bid farewell to Crosswind, IPC executives say that a new Isuzu 'people carrier' could soon emerge. However it will not be in the form of an AUV or Crosswind successor, but rather as Isuzu's interpretation of a modern jeepney. As for the Crosswind name, we may only hope it resurfaces in the future as yet another people carrier.