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 Aside from the new engine, the old five-speed automatic has been replaced by a six-speed unit in the Mu-X, also with sequential shift mode.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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