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The long wait is over for this much-awaited new generation mu-X, Isuzu’s full-size SUV.

“Finally, be ready to be impressed and be moved with the new mu-X that will give you confidence and pleasure to drive. This is the mu-X that we’ve never seen before, one that will definitely push you further to ‘Take the Lead’. With the introduction of the new D-Max early this year, much anticipation and excitement has been created for the mu-X, which has become one of the leading SUVs in the market, due to its versatility, durability, and overall reliability,”

IPC president, Hajime Koso

Longer by 25 mm, wider by 10 mm, taller by 35 mm, and with a wheelbase longer by 10 mm than the current ones in the market, the all-new mu-X is available in both 4×4 and 4×2 variants to suite different customer lifestyle and price preference: the 3.0L 4×4 LS-E AT (P2.45 million); 3.0L 4×2 LS-E AT (P2.1 million); 3.0L 4×2 LS-A AT (P1.9 million); RZ4E 4×2 LS-A MT (P1.77 million); and the RZ4E 4×2 LS AT (P1.59 million). While these price points are slightly higher than the current mu-Xes in the market—the most affordable 2021 RZ4E LS 4×2 AT is priced P1.35 million while the top-of-the-line LS-A 4×4 AT Blue Power Silky White Pearl at P2.155 million—the next generation mu-X would be very attractive vs rivals like the Mitsubishi Montero Sport (P1.568 million to P2.298 million) and the Toyota Fortuner (P1.633 million to P2.45 million).

The second generation of Isuzu’s 7-seater SUV exudes quintessential luxury while retaining the brand’s heritage when it comes to reliability and power. Based on two engineering concepts, the first being “robust”, a term highly reminiscent of the toughness of the All-New D-Max, representing Isuzu’s identity which comprises innovation, performance, and safety. The latter being “exclusive”, unique to the full model change mu-X, symbolizing precision, excellent craftsmanship and pleasure of ownership.

Its latest styling is defined as “emotional” and “solid” that capture the delight of owning an SUV that is dependable beyond the average necessities. With enhanced levels of comfort and luxury, the all-new Isuzu mu-X conveys a feeling of la dolce vita inside and out to keep drivers excited whether they are on or off the road.

Isuzu Philippines Corp. officials led by president Hajime Koso (center) at today’s launch of the all-new mu-X

New grille design

Sporting a new world cross front grille design that showcases the brand’s identity transitioning to a progressive nonetheless sophisticated character. This is more evident in the refreshed look of the rear end and bolder tailgate badging that shows a more advanced look with an elegant yet strong stance.

The interior is equally impressive thanks to the intricate and smart design. Designed to appeal to human response sensors making it a pleasurable space to spend time in for both the driver and passengers. There is a mix of multiple materials that visually compliments the silhouette of the All-New Isuzu mu-X. The leather wrapped steering wheel and gear selector are designed with the driver in mind for a relaxed and enjoyable experience when behind the wheel. The inner door trims along with the door and console armrests have thick, soft materials and were re-shaped to maximize occupant comfort.

Driver-centric interior

“The all-new mu-X is the result of years of research and paying attention to our customers’ feedback, so that ultimately, we can introduce to you the best version of your favorite SUV,” said  Koso adding that this latest iteration of the mu-X is the most driver-centric and luxurious ever made. Thoughtful features can be found from front to end. Starting with the driver’s instruments, the gauges have crystal-like scales that mimics a finish typically seen on elegant timepieces. The steering wheel diameter was reduced to 375 mm from 382 mm with a telescopic adjustment of 20 mm for a more comfortable driving position and easier maneuverability.

Those who travel with the whole family or friends would be glad to know that there are 12 cup holders and those that are located by the door pockets can even accommodate a 1.5-L bottle, those at the folding armrest in the 2nd row features a clever slide-away tray the can hold smartphones while charging or double as storage for small items and those at the 3rd row feature a snugged fit at the dedicated arm rest.

The all-new mu-X now has a 10.1-inch full touchscreen display that is already Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. It also has an 8-speaker system with JVC Kenwood tweeters mounted onto the rear doors, for enhanced sound quality even from the back. Power outlets can be found not just at the lower dash up front but now also at the center console with a dedicated rear 220V and dual 2.4A USB charging ports to cater to on-the-go passenger needs for their smart phones or other gadgets.

Relocated B pillars

Structurally, the B pillars were adjusted forward by 25 mm for additional leg room and now have assist handles for extra support when boarding in and out of the rear doors. Whereas the C pillars are made narrower, and its rear quarter bottom glass edge lowered so there is continuity of visibility making the driver’s field of view greater versus the previous. Second, third row seats have wider new designs, increased seat cushions and width, larger headrests with higher height adjust levels while still allowing child seat mounting. 

Luggage space is superior in terms of volume capacity—a full-size golf bag can even fit horizontally. Unfolding the seatback is now also more user-friendly due to the optimization of the lift strap position and elimination of the lever lock mechanism. Improvements were also made on the roof rails, for better compatibility with after-market equipment and increased load capacity from 60-kgs to 100-kgs, together with the sidesteps, having wider food tread area for easier entry and exit. The All-New mu-X assures that you have ample space good for 7 adults plus luggage or weekend gear as needed.

Several nifty features that were well received by customers from the all-new D-Max are carried over to the mu-X. One of which is the Passive Entry and Start System (PESS) that include a Welcome Light, which is triggered when the driver approaches the SUV with the key, the interior light automatically turns on within 2 meters, and a Walk Away Lock, which is activated when the driver leaves the vehicle with the key, the SUV locks automatically once beyond 3 meters.

5-star safety features

Isuzu takes pride in being the leader for diesel engine technology. At the heart of the all-new mu-X is the new 4JJ3-TCX turbo engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain produces 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque for smooth, effortless acceleration even when you need to carry or tow heavy loads. On the other hand, specific variants equipped with the RZ4E-TC engine now have improved performance due to better exhaust emission creating lower levels of noise and vibration as well as further increasing engine reliability and fuel economy.

The chassis of this latest iteration of the mu-X also now has larger side rails and has been reinforced through an 8-Cross Member design to not just increase torsional rigidity but also safety for added protection in the event of a side or rear collision. Not only that, both front and back suspensions have been redesigned to minimize body rolls when cornering, ensuring driver confidence not to mention a more relaxed cabin.

With its reliable steel underbody protection and a wading depth of up to 800 mm, the mu-X is set to take charge and conquer any terrain with ease. The 4×4 variants feature Isuzu’s Terrain Command Select Dial that lets the driver switch between 2WD-high and 4WD-high when at 100 km/h or select 4WD-low to further increase traction and control. For off-road enthusiasts, the Rough Terrain Mode brings their experience up a notch. It is a driver aid that maximizes drivability when faced with technically challenging and slippery conditions.

‘Intelligent Safety’

“Intelligent Safety” was also one of the top priorities in developing the brand-new mu-X, which achieved a 5-star Asean New Car Assessment Program or NCAP rating. Loaded with an array of passive and active safety systems bannered by Isuzu’s Advance Driver Assist System. Commonly referred to as ADAS, it was first introduced in the country through the All-New D-Max. 

Employing state-of-the-art smart duo stereo cameras and sensors that constantly monitor your surrounding environment to alert on potential dangers. The 12 ADAS functions cover pre-crash detection, rear and side assist detecting obstacles, parking aid especially on tight spots and post-crash recognition in cases of unforeseen accidents. They are as follows: Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Turn Assist, Mis-Application Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Manual Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot, Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Parking Aid, and Multi Collision Brake.

A 3-year warranty or 100,000 km, comes as standard for the all-new mu-X. There are also three options namely the LS (Luxury Style), LS-A (Luxury Style Advance) and top of the line LS-E (Luxury Style Elegance) in addition to a range of colors, including two new ones, for customers to choose from:

Learn more about the all-new Isuzu mu-X through Isuzu PH’s official website, while the digital launch can be re-watched via their official channels on Facebook and YouTube.

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