Isuzu Philippines launched the mu-X in the local market in September 2014 with a pair of diesel engine options. It became an instant hit in the Philippine market, especially that it comes in a midsize seven-seater SUV layout. The Isuzu MU-X is a worthy substitute for the MU-7 or the Alterra, and it comfortably filled in the shoes.
When the Isuzu mu-X was initially launched, it was only offered in the 2.5L engine. A year later, the Japanese carmaker introduced mu-X trims equipped with a 3.0L engine, which contribute to the vehicle's rocket high increase in sales. In 2017, the Japanese carmaker introduced a new trim with a 1.9L engine, which is better than the 2.5L but still provides better fuel efficiency.
In the Philippine automobile industry, the Isuzu mu-X competes against the likes of the Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero, among others.
The current Isuzu mu-X variants have Bi-Xenon LED that comes as standard. The LS-A variant also got fog lights as standard, but the base LS doesn’t get any fog lights. LS-A variants feature a chrome radiator grille while the LS variants get a gray one. The whole lineup also gets color-keyed upper bumpers and metallic gray lower bumper, which are standard as well. The LS-A variants get power side mirrors and power-fold as a standard. The LS variants, on the other hand, comes with manual version and in material black shade.
Isuzu mu-X is being offered in five paint schemes, namely Obsidian Grey, Red Spinel, Cosmic Black, Silky Pearl White, and Titanium Silver.
The interior of the Isuzu mu-X is dominated by black with silver accents present in the center console. Piano-black accents are also found across the doors, and LS-A variants got blue mood lighting strips. Power seats for drivers are available for 3.0L LS-A variants. The mu-X with a 1.9L engine gets fabric seating materials, while variants equipped with 3.0L engines get leather seats with new quilt design.
This midsize SUV from Isuzu is also equipped with USB ports in front and rear part of the cabin. A 10-inch DVD monitor situated in the middle is also a standard in the Isuzu mu-X. It can mirror the display of the front infotainment system.
The Isuzu mu-X is equipped with an Audio-Video Entertainment measuring eight inches and with navigation system. On the other hand, the head unit has USB and WiFi linking. The SUV also has Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, which come as a standard. Sound is transmitted through a six-speaker sound system consisting of 2 speakers at the front door, two speakers on the rear doors, and two tweeters.
In terms of safety, the Isuzu mu-X is equipped with front dual airbags, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with EBD, Traction Control System, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Start Assist. Reverse camera, childproof door locks, and side-impact beams are also passive safety features of this SUV.
Isuzu mu-X is a five-door ladder-on-frame midsize SUV riding on the GMT355 platform. It can comfortably accommodate seven occupants. The vehicle has a length of 4825 mm, a width of 1860 mm, a wheelbase of 2845 mm, and a ground clearance of 230 mm.
The front suspension is handled by the independent double-wishbone coil springs with stabilizers, while the rear setup is five-link coil-spring stabilizer bars. The stopping power of the Isuzu mu-X is delivered by front ventilated discs and the rear can either be drum brakes or solid discs depending on the trim-level. The vehicle's layout can either be a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, or front-engine, four-wheel drive depending on the variant.
Isuzu Philippines offers the mu-X in two diesel engine options. Consumers can opt for a 1.9L unit that pumps out 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. The second option is the 3.0L engine that produces 174 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque. Both engines have Blue Power technology.
The 1.9L unit can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The Isuzu mu-X is offered in 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrain configuration. The variants equipped with the 3.0L engine is the only trim to have the option of a 4x4 configuration. The rest of the trim levels are only available in 4x2 configuration.
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