2022 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated Sep 22, 2021 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

Isuzu’s midsize SUV takes on a bigger and more powerful form.

The SUV war is reaching fever pitch, with contenders coming in left and right. With its crown as a leader in diesel technology under threat, Isuzu unveiled the next-generation mu-X in 2020, following the 2019 reveal of its all-new D-Max pickup. Now, the midsize SUV has finally gotten its Philippine debut.

Old mu-X quarter 2022 Isuzu mu-X

Old vs new (front): Isuzu mu-X

Looks like the Japanese carmaker is bent on challenging its current crop of rivals by bringing in a host of upgrades. We take a look at how the 2022 Isuzu mu-X has improved over the outgoing version.

2022 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Exterior

Old mu-X grille 2022 Isuzu mu-X grille

Old vs new (grille): Isuzu mu-X

Even without looking at the spec sheet, a quick glance will tell the casual observer that the Isuzu mu-X has grown for the 2022 model year. Whereas the previous model tops out at 4,825mm long, 1,860mm wide, and 1,840mm high, the new Isuzu mu-X boasts dimensions that are 25mm longer and 10mm wider, yet stands 15mm lower. At 2,855mm, even the wheelbase has been extended, and the new mu-X has a maximum ground clearance of 235mm, a 5mm raise over the old one.    

The 2022 mu-X now sports a less-angular fascia that features its revised front grille, featuring narrow slats compared to the old mu-X. Slimmer headlamps with signature arrowhead LED running lights replace the previous one’s larger pair, and the fog lamps have been relocated farther down the front corners.

Old mu-X taillamp2022 Isuzu mu-X tail lamp

Old vs new (taillamp): Isuzu mu-X

Along the sides, the doors have been redesigned exclusively for the new mu-X, although it shares the same platform as the Isuzu D-Max. A more prominent indentation cuts across its profile, giving the 2022 mu-X a more dynamic look. The rear quarter windows have been revamped, no longer extending from the rear glass as with the older version.

Even the tailgate has a more sculpted appearance, flanked by signature winglet LED tail lamps, and offering a power option with jam protection feature. The subtler fenders are now more rounded and house up to 20-inch alloys, compared to 18-in. wheels on the old mu-X.    

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2022 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Interior

2022 Isuzu mu-X interior

The interior on the 2022 Isuzu mu-X

The increased exterior dimensions translate into a more spacious interior, decked out in leather for up to seven occupants. Compared to the 6-way power-adjusting driver’s seat on the older mu-X, the 2022 model offers 8-way power adjustment for the driver. The rear seats fold flat in a variety of configurations on both versions, the better to expand available interior space for bulkier cargo.  

2022 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Tech & Safety

Old steering wheel2022 Isuzu mu-X steering wheel

Old vs new (steering wheel): Isuzu mu-X 

The 2022 mu-X improves on the old model’s instrument panel with a 7-inch electroluminescent panel, placed ahead of a revised steering wheel with more angular spokes.

As with the outgoing mu-X, the new model carries at least two 12V outlets and three USB charging ports, but these are now accompanied by a 220V AC socket. The dial-type air-conditioning control on the old mu-X has been replaced by more elegant switches on the new model’s dual-zone climate control feature.

Old head unit 2022 Isuzu mu-X head unit

Old vs new (head unit): Isuzu mu-X

Upgrading from the previous mu-X’s 8-inch head unit, the 2022 model now has a 10.1-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, patched to eight speakers.

The 2022 Isuzu mu-X is also several steps ahead in terms of safety over the model it replaces. Apart from the standard anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, and hill descent control, the new mu-X features an Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), comprising technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Other standard features on the new mu-X include Pedal Misapplication Mitigation, Multi-Collision Brake, and an electric parking brake with auto hold. The 2022 mu-X expands the number of available onboard airbags to seven, compared to two on the old version. 

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2022 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Powertrain

2022 Isuzu mu-X engine

Two engine choices continue to be offered on the new mu-X

The 2022 Isuzu mu-X retains the two engine choices of the outgoing version, with a 1.9-liter Blue Power turbodiesel unit churning out 150 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque for the lower variants. The top-spec trims run on the bigger 3.0-liter Blue Power unit, this time with 190 horsepower, up from 177 on the old mu-X. Torque has also been tweaked from 380 to 450 Nm, coming in earlier at 1,600 rpm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

2022 Isuzu mu-X gearshift

A 6-speed automatic diverts power to the drive wheels

As with the old mu-X, the new model offers four-wheel-drive on the range-topping variant, actuated by the Terrain Command Select Dial. However, this is now complemented by a Rough Terrain Mode which engages at the push of a button. The 2022 mu-X retains the front independent double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension from the outgoing version, with coil springs all around for a smoother ride. 

The 2022 Isuzu mu-X comes in five variants as opposed to the old one’s six, starting at Php 1,590,000 for the base 1.9 LS 4x2 manual to Php 2,450,000 for the top-spec 3.0 LS-E 4x4 automatic. 

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Know more about Isuzu mu-X 2021

Isuzu mu-X

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."

 

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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