Refreshed 2023 Isuzu mu-X with new Norwegian Blue paint arrives in PH

Updated Mar 21, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It gets updated styling, plus a new smart tailgate feature.

After its introduction to the Thai market, the refreshed version of the Isuzu mu-X for the 2023 model year has now arrived on Philippine shores.  

The 2023 Isuzu mu-X

The 2023 Isuzu mu-X

Note that this update comes a few months after it was released in the Land of Smiles, which was in October 2022. It also comes two years after the current-gen model was launched for the Philippine market back in 2021.  

New to the Philippine-spec 2023 Isuzu mu-X is a revamped front grille with a black chrome finish. From the sides, it likewise sports a new set of 20-inch wheels that come in a rotor blade-like design.  

On top of those exterior styling changes, Isuzu also added the new Norwegian Blue exterior paint. The brand says that it helps the mu-X appear classier and more upscale.  

Refreshed mu-X from the rear

Refreshed mu-X from the rear

The practicality that the Isuzu mu-X provides was also reinforced. This is thanks to a new advanced key detection system for the power tailgate feature. 

While having a power tailgate already makes loading the trunk easier, this new key detection system makes the said feature “smarter”. Whenever the system senses that the vehicle’s key is close by, it automatically opens the tailgate. This allows for hands-free use of the power tailgate and can make loading items into the mu-X’s trunk an absolute breeze.  

With regards to engines, the 2023 Isuzu mu-X retains the same 1.9-liter turbodiesel and 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine options. The 1.9-liter mill can make up to 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. The larger 3.0-liter engine meanwhile, can churn out up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.  

A picture of the mu-X's smart power tailgate in action

The 2023 mu-X's smart power tailgate in action

Available to the 2023 mu-X is a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. Only the top-spec LS-E comes with a 4x4 drivetrain. The other versions, meanwhile, come with a 4x2 drivetrain.  

For the exact pricing of the 2023 Isuzu mu-X, see the table below:  

2023 Isuzu mu-X variants  


LS RZ4E 1.9 4x2 AT  

Php 1,650,000  

LS-A RZ4E 1.9 4x2 AT  

Php 1,815,000  

LS-A 3.0 4x2 AT  

Php 1,945,000  

LS-E 3.0 4x2 AT  

Php 2,155,000 

LS-E 3.0 4x4 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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