UPDATE 1: We included the official promotional video below (2/21).
With a body and mechanicals largely carried over since its full model change in 2001, it’s a surprise how the Crosswind sells in the numbers that it does. You can chuck it most likely to Isuzu Philippines’s Corporation’s constant stream of updates which sees the venerable and immortal people carrier get annual cosmetic or equipment changes. And here’s the 2015 update which not only sees more cosmetic alterations but also introduces a new logo as well as a new marketing tagline.
Isuzu says that the Crosswind is a dual purpose vehicle that caters to a very specific market: those who need a family car throughout the week and the occasional cargo carrier during the weekends. And for that, the company says, they’ve found the perfect balance. So why change if it isn’t broken?
“Form and functionality is what the 2015 Isuzu Crosswind is all about. Given that the Crosswind model is proven capable to stylishly carry not just members of the family but also serve as a reliable cargo carrier for the enterprising few,” says IPC President Nobuo Izumina. “But Isuzu believes in continuously improving its products, so we have decided to give it an upgrade and keep it up to the existing market trends to make our customers’ everyday drive more special.”
So what has changed for 2015?
Well, the changes are largely in the front-end where the Crosswind gets revamped headlights with swoopy silver highlights that tie it to the new one-piece bumper. The built-in overrider reads out ‘Crosswind’ at the bottom with the model’s new Arial Black-like font face (it’s more powerful Isuzu says). Together with the new bumper, the grille swaps out the old chrome number for a brushed silver one with a five-hold opening tying the Crosswind with the rest of the Isuzu family. Other changes include a new alloy wheel design (still 15 inches), an all-black aluminum step board, roof rails, and a hard-type spare tire cover.
Inside, it comes with the usual array of entertainment features like a single in-dash player that accepts everything from CDs to DVDs to MP3s. It even has a USB input function for external players. The entertainment system also acts as the monitor for the reverse parking camera which is located in the rear spoiler.
Mechanically, the Crosswind remains a carryover with its old 2.5-liter 4-cylinder direct-injection turbo diesel engine rocking 85 horsepower mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. All variants pass Euro-II emissions standard. Underneath, it carries on with independent Double Wishbones upfront and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the back.
This year, the XUV variant also returns. Now available with an automatic transmission, the XUV is what Isuzu calls “the most affordable diesel-powered automatic AUV in the Philippine market.”
All of these changes prompted Isuzu to also introduce a new marketing tagline for the 2015 Crosswind: “Makes Your Everyday”.
Finally, Isuzu is introducing two new colors for 2015: Hunter Green and Dark Silver. These two new shades go with Crosswind’s existing colors namely, Cosmic Black, Garnet Red, Ash Beige, and Splash White. The 2015 Crosswind is available in the following variants:
- Crosswind XS M/T – P 750,000
- Crosswind XL M/T – P 794,000
- Crosswind XT M/T – P 883,000
- Crosswind XUV A/T – P 1,010,000
- Crosswind Sportivo X A/T – P 1,195,000