Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has officially launched the much-awaited all-new mu-X. The second generation of Isuzu’s 7-seater SUV exudes quintessential luxury while retaining the brand’s heritage when it comes to reliability and power.
“With the introduction of the New Isuzu D-MAX early this year, much anticipation and excitement have been created for the mu-X, which has become one of the leading SUVs in the market, due to its versatility, durability, and overall reliability,” said IPC President Hajime Koso. “Finally, the long wait is over, get ready to be impressed and moved with a mu-X that will give you confidence and pleasure to drive. A mu-X that we’ve never seen before, one that will definitely push you further to ‘TAKE THE LEAD,” he added.
The design concept is based on two engineering concepts: “ROBUST”, a term highly reminiscent of the toughness of the all-new D-MAX, representing Isuzu’s identity which comprises of innovation, performance, and safety; and “EXCLUSIVE” referring to the full model change mu-X, symbolizing precision, excellent craftsmanship, and pleasure of ownership.
Its latest styling is defined as “EMOTIONAL” and “SOLID” which captures the delight of owning an SUV that is dependable beyond the average necessities. With enhanced levels of comfort and luxury, the all-new Isuzu mu-X conveys a feeling of la dolce vita (Italian for the sweet life) inside and out to keep drivers excited whether they are on or off the road.
Sporting a new world cross front grille design that showcases the brand’s identity transitioning to a progressive, sophisticated character. This is more evident in the refreshed look of the rear end and bolder tailgate badging that shows an elegant yet strong stance.
The interior was designed to appeal to human response sensors making it a pleasurable space to spend time in for both the driver and passengers. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector were designed with the driver in mind for a relaxed and enjoyable experience when behind the wheel. The inner door trims along with the door and console armrests have thick, soft materials and were re-shaped to maximize occupant comfort.
Luxury & convenience
This iteration of the mu-X is the most driver-centric and luxurious ever made. Starting with the driver’s instruments, the gauges have crystal-like scales that mimic a finish typically seen on elegant timepieces. The steering wheel diameter was reduced to 375-mm from 382-mm with a telescopic adjustment of 20-mm for a more comfortable driving position and easier maneuverability.
Functionality and storage solutions were also developed in detail. It has a total of 12 cup holders inside the cabin with the ones located on the door pockets big enough to fit a 1.5-L bottle. The ones located in the folding armrest in the 2nd row features a clever slide-away tray the can hold smartphones while charging or double as storage for small items. Those on the dedicated armrest of the 3rd row feature a snugged fit.
The all-new mu-X is now fitted with a 10.1-inch full touchscreen display that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. It also features an 8-speaker system with JVC Kenwood tweeters mounted on the rear doors for enhanced sound quality even from the back. Power outlets can be found on the lower dash up front, and on the center console with a dedicated rear 220V and dual 2.4A USB charging ports for smartphones or other gadgets.
Structurally, the B-Pillars were adjusted forward by 25mm for additional legroom and now have assist handles for extra support when boarding in and out of the rear doors. The C-Pillars are now narrower, and the rear quarter bottom glass edge has been lowered for better visibility versus the previous model. The third-row seats are now wider design, with larger headrests and higher height adjust levels while still allowing child seat mounting.
Luggage space is superior in terms of volume capacity which can fit a full-size golf bag horizontally. Unfolding the seatback is now also more user-friendly with the optimization of the lift strap position and the elimination of the lever lock mechanism. Improvements were also made on the roof rails, for better compatibility with after-market equipment and increased load capacity from 60-kgs to 100-kgs. Sidesteps have a wider foot tread area for easier entry and exit. The all-new mu-X assures that you have ample space good for 7 adults plus luggage or weekend gear as needed.
Several nifty features that were well received by customers from the all-new D-MAX were carried over to the mu-X. These include the Passive Entry and Start System (PESS) that includes a Welcome Light that is triggered when the driver approaches the SUV with the key within 2 meters, and a Walk Away Lock that is activated when the driver leaves the vehicle with the key.
Outstanding Performance & 5-Star Safety
At the heart of the all-new mu-X is the new 4JJ3-TCX turbo engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain produces 190PS of power and 450Nm of torque for smooth, effortless acceleration even when carrying or towing a heavy load. On the other hand, the variants equipped with the RZ4E-TC engine will enjoy improved performance due to better exhaust emission that creates less noise and vibration as well as further increases the engine’s reliability and fuel economy.
The chassis now has larger side rails and has been reinforced through an 8-Cross Member design that not just increases torsional rigidity but also adds additional protection in the event of a side or rear collision. Additionally, the front and rear suspension have been redesigned to minimize body rolls when cornering to increase driver confidence and for a more relaxed cabin. The all-new mu-X is 1,822mm tall, and 2,855mm long, 10mm less and 25mm more, respectively than its predecessor. Wading depth is pegged up to 800mm.
Built to conquer any terrain with ease. The Terrain Command Select Dial allows the driver to switch between 2WD-high and 4WD-high when at 100kph or select 4WD-low to further increase traction and control. For off-road enthusiasts, the Rough Terrain Mode will maximize drivability when faced with technically challenging and slippery conditions.
“Intelligent Safety” was also one of the top priorities in developing the brand-new mu-X, which eventually achieved a 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating. It is loaded with an array of passive and active safety systems that is bannered by Isuzu’s Advance Driver Assist System (ADAS) that was first introduced in the country through the all-new D-MAX.
ADAS employs state-of-the-art smart duo stereo cameras and sensors that constantly monitor the surrounding environment to alert on potential dangers. The 12 ADAS functions cover pre-crash detection, rear and side assist detecting obstacles, parking aid especially on tight spots, and post-crash recognition in cases of unforeseen accidents. They are as follows:
|Forward Collision Warning (FCW)||Lane Departure Warning (LDLW|
|Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)||Automatic High Beam (AHB)|
|Turn Assist||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)|
|Mis-Application Mitigation||Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)|
|Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)||Parking Aid|
|Manual Speed Limiter (MSL)||Multi Collision Brake (MCB)|
Pricing and availability
The all-new Isuzu mu-X is available in five colors:
- Marrakesh Brown (new)
- Satin White Pearl (new)
- Onyx Black
- Mercury Silver
- Splash White
The all-new mu-X comes with 3 years or 100,000-kms warranty, and is available in the following variants:
- Isuzu mu-X 3.0L 4×4 LS-E AT – Php 2,450,000
- Isuzu mu-X 3.0L 4×2 LS-E AT – Php 2,100,000
- Isuzu mu-X 3.0L 4×2 LS-A AT – Php 1,900.000
- Isuzu mu-X RZ4E 4×2 LS-A MT – Php 1,770,00
- Isuzu mu-X RZ4E 4×2 LS AT – Php 1,590,000
* Shipping and handling charges are not included for provincial purchases.
To learn more about the all-new Isuzu mu-X, visit www.isuzuphil.com.