Isuzu fans get an early Christmas gift from the Japanese carmaker. The new mu-X midsize SUV finally comes to our shores barely a year after debuting in Thailand, a much-needed reinforcement to help Isuzu Philippines turn the tide in the midsize SUV war.
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This second-generation model shares its platform with the current D-Max midsize pickup (and by extension, the new BT-50 from Mazda). The buzz generated by the overseas version has fueled anticipation among loyal Isuzu customers, so we lay down the 2022 mu-X’s details to see if it’s worth the hype.
According to Isuzu Philippines, the 2022 mu-X evokes a solid and emotional design aimed at capturing the delight of owning an SUV. This is underpinned by the engineering concepts of robustness and exclusivity, echoing the ruggedness of its D-Max sibling while providing a unique ownership experience.
The new mu-X gets a tighter-looking front end, putting its new fascia in the spotlight. Its Bi-LED headlamps now get a distinct arrowhead design that’s more streamlined than what the outgoing model has. These surround a new World Cross grille radiating an elegant yet powerful presence, with smaller and more powerful LED fog lamps sitting on the front corners.
The mu-X gets a sleeker design
Large fenders frame the profile and beltline to form a brawny impression, while a power tailgate on the top-spec LS-E trim makes loading cargo easy despite the SUV's ground clearance, accompanied by new LED rear wraparound lamps. The midrange LS-A and LS-E variants sport roof rails up top, while down below, available alloy wheel sizes range from 17 to 20 inches, with the biggest sporting a two-tone color scheme.
The cabin on the 2022 mu-X echoes that on the D-Max, with drivers benefitting from 8-way power-adjustable seats. Accommodations are sufficient for up to seven occupants, and the second-row seats can be split-fold 60/40 while the rearmost seats tuck away 50/50 to free up more space for cargo.
The interior now looks more plush than before
Materials range from black cloth to black leather for the upholstery, while a multi-function steering wheel comes with controls for audio and communications as well as voice commands.
Tech & Safety
A choice of manual and automatic climate controls is available depending on the trim level, both with pollen filters to block out allergens. In addition to front and rear USB ports, the new Isuzu mu-X also comes with a 220-volt power outlet on the second row.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported on the 10.1-inch touchscreen
For infotainment, it packs a 10.1-inch full touchscreen display featuring navigation, Bluetooth, and AUX IN connectivity, as well as support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Up to eight speakers are on hand to surround the interior with your favorite tunes. A remote start function allows users to activate the climate control even before boarding the vehicle, perfect for hot summer days.
The midsize SUV also comes with a maximum of seven airbags on the top-spec LS-E, along with a Subaru-derived Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) which includes Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Multi-collision Brake System.
The Advanced Driver Assist System uses tech found on Subaru's EyeSight
Other standard features for the rest of the range Anti-lock Brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Traction Control, Stability Control, and a Brake Override System. With regard to impact protection, the 2022 mu-X managed to score a perfect five stars in crash tests conducted by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
Engine & Drivetrain
As with the outgoing version, the new mu-X offers a selection of two diesel engines. A base 1.9-liter RZ4E-TC turbocharged mill generates 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, and IPC claims that the diesel mill now has a new control module and fuel injection system, resulting in improved performance and reduced emissions while increasing engine reliability and fuel economy. Meanwhile, the more powerful 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX power plant is an upgrade from the previous 4JJ1-TCX power unit, kicking up 187 horsepower along with 450 Nm of twist.
Transmission options remain the same, with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
An upgraded power unit provides more grunt
A Terrain Command Select Dial with Rough Terrain Mode Switch can be used to engage the range-topping LS-E’s four-wheel drivetrain. Front double wishbone and rear stabilizer bar suspension work with coil springs to deliver versatile capability whether on highway drives or off-road explorations. These complement the more rigid chassis utilizing eight cross-members, featuring steel underbody protection to shield drivetrain components against damage.
2022 Isuzu mu-X
The 2022 Isuzu mu-X is available in three trim levels with the following prices:
- 1.9 LS 4x2 AT – Php 1,590,000
- 1.9 LS-A 4x2 MT – Php 1,770,000
- 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT – Php 1,900,000
- 3.0 LS-E 4x2 AT – Php 2,100,000
- 3.0 LS-E 4x4 AT – Php 2,450,000
All brand-new mu-X variants are warranted for three years or 100,000 kilometers right off the dealership. If you’ve been holding out for the new mu-X, now’s your chance to visit the nearest Isuzu dealer.
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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."
Joseph Paolo Estabillo