After launching the third-generation D-Max in March 2021, Isuzu Philippines is now reportedly gearing up to introduce the all-new mu-X on September 22, 2021. Of note, this comes hot on the heels of the facelifted 2022 Nissan Terra that was launched last September 1.
The all-new Isuzu mu-X
If you’re excited about this upcoming Isuzu launch event, you can catch it on the marque’s official Facebook page as well as its YouTube channel. One can also sign up for an email notification for updates on the upcoming SUV model’s launch details and the start of reservation dates.
Apart from those, Isuzu has yet to share the specifications of the upcoming mu-X. What we do know though is that it also uses the Dynamic Drive Platform that the new D-Max also uses. Furthermore, we can also expect it to use the same 3.0-liter 4JJ-TCX and 1.9-liter RZ4E engine options that power its pickup truck brother.
On the third-gen D-Max, the larger 3.0-liter mill can make 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. The smaller 1.9-liter can then produce up to 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. The 1.9-liter can then be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter meanwhile is only available with an automatic gearbox.
The Thai-spec third-gen mu-X's interior. A preview of sorts for the upcoming Philippine version
To this end, we can expect these output numbers and transmission types on the new third-gen mu-X as well.
Moreover, it was also hinted that its upcoming variants might be getting the Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) as the new D-Max. These include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure assist, and many others.
And lastly, its interior will likely get the same amount of refinement and tech as the D-Max. We’re talking about a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, more soft-touch surfaces, automatic headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, among others.
Know more about Isuzu mu-X 2021
The mu-X by diesel expert Isuzu is a seven-seater midsize SUV with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive layout. It is based on the Isuzu D-Max, and like its pickup truck brother, it uses a body-on-frame chassis.
For the Philippine market, the Isuzu-made SUV has two available engine options. The smaller one is a 1.9-liter RZ4E Bluepower turbodiesel capable of making up to 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. It can come with a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine option for the mu-X is a 3.0-liter inline-4 turbodiesel. At most, this mill can produce up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Only a six-speed automatic transmission is available with this engine. The mu-X variants with this engine is either rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. For those unaware, this Isuzu model's name is an acronym which stands for Mysterious Utility eXtreme."
Cesar G.B. Miguel