UPDATE 3: Here is our First Drive (11/25).
UPDATE 2: We have also included the complete specs below (9/14).
UPDATE: We have included the official television commercial below (9/10).
After months of anticipation, Isuzu Philippines Corporation has finally revealed its new flagship SUV: the mu-X. Replacing the Alterra, the mu-X comes in three variants all packed with new technological and design features combined with Isuzu’s penchant for delivering efficient performance.
Inspired by predatory large cats, the mu-X’s design is premium but purposeful boasting of features such as projector-type headlights, center roof antenna, color-keyed front and rear bumpers, and roof rails that can support up to 60 kilograms. The higher variants add fog lamps, chrome on the radiator grille, hood garnish, door handles, and tailgate. Power folding side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators are standard as well.
The Isuzu mu-X’s spacious interior can accommodate 7 passengers comfortably. It has a new suspension system with Double Wishbones at the front and a Five-Link with coil springs and stabilizer bar at the back. The interior features leather on the seats, steering wheel, and door trim while entertainment is provided by a 6-speaker multi-media system with Aux-In, USB, iPod, and Bluetooth connectivity. GPS navigation is also standard. The range-topping model comes with steering wheel mounted controls and a 10-inch roof-mounted DVD monitor with remote control.
The mu-X comes with dual air conditioning with rear coolers (the range-topper has automatic climate control), speed sensing door locks, 19 storage compartments, 12 cup holders, a lockable and illuminated glove box, side step boards, and tow hooks. The instrument cluster also features electroluminescent dials with a multi-function display. Higher models feature six-way power adjustable driver’s seat and the segment’s first Smart Key passive keyless entry with push-button start/stop.
The mu-X is powered by a new engine: the 2.5-liter 4JK1-TC 4-cylinder engine with variable geometry turbo. Rated at Euro-2 emissions standard, the new engine underneath the mu-X is good for 136 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 320 Nm of torque from 1,800-2,800 rpm. The engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The mu-X boasts of increased off-roading capability thanks to its 4WD Terrain Command Select Dial on the four-wheel drive variant while all models boasts of excellent ground clearance (230 mm).
The mu-X is built to conform to the highest safety standards. The vehicle’s projector headlights, high-mount LED stop lamps and available fog lamps ensure visibility on the road. Equally helpful in this regard are the two-eye reverse sensing system and available reverse camera.
Passive safety systems fitted to the mu-X are dual front airbags, Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) with pre-tensioner and load-limiter seatbelts in all three rows of seats, and side impact beams inside the doors.
The All-New Isuzu mu-X is also loaded with active safety systems. Its disc brakes in all four wheels have an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that has Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Providing more security are the new Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS), which automatically brake a wheel or wheels if the systems sense any of these are slipping. This prevents skidding and loss of steering control, helping reduce fatal accidents by as much as 30%.
The All-New Isuzu mu-X is available in six color options: Splash White, Silky Pearl White, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Aqua Blue and Outback Brown. Prices are set at P1.188 million for the mu-X LS M/T 4x2; P1.260 million for the mu-X LS-M M/T 4x2; P1.358 million for the mu-X LS-A A/T 4x2; and P1.748 million for the mu-X LS-A A/T 4x4. An additional P10K will be added to variant price for all Silky Pearl White units.