After Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Kia have released their prices for 2018, it was only inevitable that the rest of the industry follow suit because, after all, how can dealers sell cars without official prices?
Now it's Isuzu's turn, and they sent us their official price list that reflects the most major change in the industry to date: the new excise taxes prescribed by Republic Act 10963, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).
The prices they sent us, however, are not complete as they only indicate the prices of two of their models: the mu-X and the Crosswind.
Not all variants of Isuzu's flagship SUV, the mu-X, inreased in price. Some versions that found themselves in the more favorable ranges of the price brackets no price adjustments like the mu-X 2.5 LS 4x2 MT at PhP 1,318,000 (+PhP 0), the mu-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT at PhP 1,428,000 (+PhP 0) and their Pearl White variants at PhP 1,328,000 and PhP 1,438,000, respectively.
The BluePower variants of the mu-X were the ones that rose up in price rather significantly. The mu-X LS-A 4x2 AT BluePower went up in price to PhP 1,845,000 (+PhP 197,000) and PhP 1,855,000 for the Pearl White version. The mu-X LS-A 4x4 AT now costs PhP 2,145,000 (+PhP 187,000) while the Pearl White variant is at PhP 2,155,000.
The fact that Isuzu released 2018 prices for the Crosswind was unexpected. With regulations requiring the phase-out of diesel-powered vehicles that cannot comply (or adapted to comply) with Euro-4 emissions standards, it was inevitable that the assembly lines for some of the longest-produced vehicles in the country to close. And such was the case for the Crosswind, as insiders have reported that the dollies and equipment on the assembly line have been put into storage.
All the Crosswinds on this list have been produced in 2017, and as a result, there are only five variants on the price list that Isuzu sent that reflect the new excise tax requirements. The most affordable version available is the Sportivo X MT JS and FF, and they now cost PhP 1,260,000; up PhP 90,000 from the 2017 models. The Sportivo X MT Black Series (FF and JS) are both at PhP 1,310,000 (+PhP 90,000).
What is most unusual, however, is the Sportivo X AT Black Series which, at PhP 1,345,000 (+PhP 60,000) is priced higher than the base variant of the mu-X at PhP 1,318,000.
Our contacts indicate that there may be only about 100 examples of the Crosswind left in the stockyard at the Isuzu plant in Laguna.
We are still waiting on the prices for the Isuzu D-Max and their trucks.