As Isuzu Philippines Corporation celebrates its 20th anniversary, the heavily revamped Isuzu Mu-X makes its debut in the Philippines. Like the model unveiled in Thailand back in March this year, the local-spec 2018 Isuzu Mu-X not only gets a host of changes inside and out, there is also an all-new engine under the hood.
Internally known as the 4JJ1-TCX, Isuzu dubs the new turbodiesel engine Blue Power and it packs more power than the present model. From the 163 PS found in the current model, the Blue Power turbodiesel gets a significant bump to 177 PS. Torque meanwhile is retained at 380 Nm. Aside from the new engine, the old five-speed automatic has been replaced by a six-speed unit in the Mu-X, also with sequential shift mode.
A smaller 1.9-liter turbo-diesel dubbed the RZ4E is also available for the mu-X. It too is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
One does not need an eagle eye to spot the differences between the 2018 model from its pre-update variants. At the front are new headlights which feature LED projector units, as well as integrated LED daytime running lights. To complement the new lights, there is also a mildly tweaked grill, similar to that of its pick-up counterpart, the D-Max. Lower down, the apron has been remolded with a new set of air intakes and foglights...
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Were you dreaming of owning a mid-sized SUV? Did the excise tax quash those dreams? Don't worry because you're not alone, and I'm part of that camp too. These days, it seems like the most affordable mid-sized pick-up based SUV you can get these days creeps towards the Php 1.5 million mark.
But here comes Isuzu with the newest addition to the Mu-X range. It won't cost you Php 1.5 million. Heck, it won't even cost you Php 1.4 million. For the princely sum of Php 1.3 million flat, you can drive home with a Mu-X. An automatic one, even.
Dubbed the Mu-X LS A/T it's the most affordable automatic PPV in the market today. Tempting, isn't it? But what do you get for Php 1.3 million in an SUV?