2023 Isuzu mu-X: Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated Apr 24, 2023 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

The new model gets a subtle design update along with a new power tailgate feature.

The facelifted model for the Isuzu mu-X is now available for the Philippine market.  In particular, most of the 2023 model's new bits are found on the top-spec LS-E trims

old vs new Isuzu mu-X

The old Isuzu mu-X (left) vs the new 2023 Isuzu mu-X (right)

Like its pickup truck sibling, the fresh new mu-X gets several revamped exterior details. It likewise comes with a new feature that makes loading and unloading cargo a bit easier. But how does it compare to the outgoing pre-facelifted model? Let’s find out. 

2023 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Exterior 

Tweaked details for the mu-X's refreshed version for the 2023 model year are found on the LS-E trims. In particular, it gets a new two-tone grille which is far darker in color compared to the grille fitted on the old mu-X.  

2023 Isuzu mu-X

The updated 2023 Isuzu mu-X

On top of that, the new mu-X also gets a new set of wheels with straighter spokes. Meanwhile, the outgoing version rode on wheels with slightly angled spokes.  

pre-facelift Isuzu mu-X

The outgoing pre-facelift Isuzu mu-X

The flagship trim also gets a new smart tailgate. This new feature allows owners to open it without reaching for their keys. The power tailgate’s new step-sensor allows one to just stand near the tailgate for it to open. 

The previous top-spec model did get a power tailgate, but it lacked the step sensor and the automatic functionality present on the new mu-X. 

old mu-Xnew mu-X

Compare the rear ends of the old mu-X (left) against the new mu-X (right) using the slider

Lastly, the new mu-X LS-E is now available with the new Norwegian Blue body color.  

2023 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Interior 

The 2023 mu-X remains unchanged where interiors are concerned. It still gets a front cabin that mirrors the design of the D-Max, and it still has the same feature set as the outgoing model. 

To be more specific, features that were carried over from the old to the new mu-X LS-E include automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch driver information display, leather seats, a power adjustable driver’s seat, a 60:40 split-folding second row, a 50:50 split-folding third row, a push-to-start button, rain-sensing wipers, etc.  

Inside the 2023 Isuzu mu-X

Inside the 2023 Isuzu mu-X

Entertainment for the 2023 version is also provided by a 10.1-inch touchscreen. This is the same headunit found on the older model, and it still comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The eight-piece speaker setup for the LS-E was likewise kept.  

For safety, not much has changed for the 2023 mu-X. As with the outgoing model, it still comes standard with anti-lock braking, stability control, brake assist, traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, a reverse camera, etc. 

interior old Isuzu mu-X

The outgoing model's cockpit

The suite of driver-assistive safety features found on the older mu-X was likewise carried over to the new version. This includes a forward collision warning system, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams, among others.  

2023 Isuzu mu-X Old vs New: Engine 

Retained for the 2023 Isuzu mu-X LS-E is the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel mill found on the outgoing model’s top-spec variants. Power output then remains the same at 187 horsepower 450 Nm of torque.  

 3.0-liter turbodiesel mill

The refreshed LS-E trims still uses a 3.0-liter turbodiesel mill

Like the older LS-E variants, the new 2023 mu-X LS-E also uses a six-speed automatic gearbox. It likewise gets a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain depending on the variant.  

For pricing, the mu-X LS-E 4x2 AT is priced at Php 2,155,000, while the top-spec mu-X LS-E 4x4 AT retails at Php 2,505,000. 

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Know more about Isuzu mu-X 2024

Isuzu mu-X

The Isuzu mu-X Philippines 2023 is the Japanese marque's entry to the 7-seater midsize SUV based on its pickup truck sibling, the Isuzu D-Max. It is offered in five variants with a price that ranges from Php 1,650,000 to Php 2,505,000. For the Philippines 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 either come with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, 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.

Dimensions-wise, the mu-X is 4,850 mm long, 1,870 mm wide, and 1,825 mm high, with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,855 mm and 235 mm, respectively. Locally, this midsize SUV is competing against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Nissan Terra, and Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

₱ 1,650,000 - ₱ 2,505,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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