Thursday, October 22, 2015

Isuzu Philippines Adds More Power to mu-X and D-Max with New 3.0 Engine


Known for their stellar comfort, reliability, and durability, both the Isuzu D-Max and mu-X are adding a new adjective to their name: powerful. In response to public clamor for a bigger engine, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has finally introduced new variants of its well-received D-Max and mu-X fitted with a 3.0-liter VGS Turbo engine.

“While our current D-Max and mu-X line-up is very much appreciated by the market, there are those who wish to have more power. Thus, we are giving our customers the freedom to choose – between our current 2.5-liter engine and the new 3.0 VGS Turbo variant,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.

Equipped with a 4JJ1-TC (HI) 3.0-liter diesel engine featuring both Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI) and a Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger, this new power plant produces 163 horsepower at 3,200 rpm (up 16 percent) and 380 Nm of torque (up 15 percent) from 1,800 to 2,200 rpm. This ensures less gear changes, effortless hill climbing, and an easier drive both on- and off-road. These engines are mated to the smooth and well-geared 5-speed manual (D-Max) and automatic (mu-X and D-Max).


Coinciding with the arrival of this new engine, IPC has also added more premium features on both models to make them safer. On their best-selling mu-X, they’ve added new LED daytime running lights. Not only do they act as an accident avoidance safety feature, but it also manages to enhance the exterior of its mid-sized SUV. For the venerable D-Max, already recognized by the ASEAN NCAP as one of the safest pickups in the market, it gets a new tailgate-mounted reverse camera. Projected on the 7-inch touchscreen entertainment system, it helps assist drivers during tight parking maneuvers. Furthermore, the D-Max also gets a new chrome muffler cutter that goes along with the chrome finishes found on the front grille, door handle, and rear door garnish.

The Isuzu D-Max and mu-X equipped with the 3.0 VGS Turbo engine is now available at all Isuzu dealerships nationwide. Both models come with a wide array of colors to suit every individual taste.


The Isuzu mu-X is available in six shades: Splash White, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Aqua Blue, Outback Brown, and Silky Pearl White. The prices are set at P 1,398,000 for the 4x2 LS-A A/T and P 1,708,000 for the 4x4 LS-A A/T. An additional P 10,000 is added for the Silky Pearl White color.

Meanwhile, the Isuzu D-Max comes in a new shade of Venetian Red along with four other colors: Cosmic Black, Garnet Red, Titanium Silver, and Splash White. The Isuzu D-Max 4x2 LS M/T is priced at P 1,090,000, D-Max 4x2 LS A/T at P 1,160,000, D-Max 4x4 LS M/T at P 1,360,000, and D-Max 4x4 LS A/T at 1,430,000.

107 comments:

  1. If this pricing will not increase, I think the D-Max will regain its throne and the MU-X will be the new king of the segment even if the new Fortuner and Montero comes out.

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    1. I hope Isuzu will order enough stocks to fulfill new orders. Waiting for stocks to arrive is such a hassle. There have been several incidents of shifting to other Brands due to no stock or pissed off with the long waiting time.

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    2. yeah ryt! they are good in advertisement but the availability of their stock sucks! The person in charge should know how to forecast or at least should know the demand and supply of its market! so annoying

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  2. Wow this is good. Cheaper than everest and even cheaper than the current fortuner that we're having. Good Job Isuzu! If the new gen montero sport and fortuner comes to the philippines i'm sure you're the cheaper one haha.

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  3. Just want to clarify if the above prices are for the 3.0 or for the current 2.5 lt. If they are for the new 3.0 engine, Isuzu sales for both the MU-X and D-Max will definitely fly. Great job Isuzu

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    1. These are the prices for the new 3.0L VGS Turbo variants.

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    2. You can choose from 3 or 2.5 litter engine..... the price is the same....

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    3. Your bacolod price for MU X 3.0 LS -A AT is 1,450,000 excdg lto & insurance . Are there any freebies like floor mat, rain visor & tint ?

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  5. What's with the engine figures? The new 3.0 VGS should have 177PS @ 3,600 RPM with 380 Nm of torque @ 1,800-2,800 RPM..

    Great pricing IPC, though I was hoping that they added more features (present in overseas markets) aside from the new engine.

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    1. Likely different tuning due to market. The 177 PS you stated is for the Thai market.

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    2. I would actually like to find out why the Thai version has different hp. Same engine, same road condition, they probably have better roads there, but same hot tropical climate. Perhaps, some of you can ask Isuzu the reason. It's not nitpicking, we're just intrigued.

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  6. Frankly, I'm surprise they brought the 3 here. I thought Isuzu look at this country as inhabited by ignorant buyers of cheap under-powered cars. What is more surprising is they didn't overprice, unlike the pathetic Crosswind, the Mu-X particularly the 4x2. They're probably serious in becoming the no.1 in SUV. With the 3 liter 4x2 automatic, I think they will.

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  7. if that's the price for 3.0 mu-X, it would be really game changer

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  8. Sir Uly is the 2.5 Diesel variant still available? I'm planning to buy a diesel suv soon. For me i think i won't be needing a 3.0 diesel because of our traffic. haha. Or Should i get the 3.0 MU-X than the 2.5? Is there a fuel economy difference? Hope you could help me. Thanks.

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    1. Both are about the same price so idk why would you ever buy a 2.5. The 3.0 diesel is still efficient naman according to some people

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    2. I think their just planning to have the 2.5 engines in the LS-M and LS of the Mux. The high end LS-A variants will be having the 3.0 engine I think which will benefit the auto tranny of the 4x2 LS-A and the 4x4 system of the LS-A 4x4

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  9. This is a good news for die hard isuzu fans here in the Philippines.IPC introduced again the well proven 4JJ1-TC(HI) 3.0 liter engine but now loaded with VGS turbocharger.Now the DMAX and MUX has a more responsive engine.Good job Isuzu.

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    1. FYI: the 2.5 has VGS too and quieter engine because its a 4JK series already. the 3.0 is older 4JJ series

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    2. I bought a 2016 dmax ls 3.0L the engine block says 4JJ1-N....what gives?

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  10. Lol still short of around 40hp and 100 nm of torque against the eve and the tb. Try harder isuzu

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    1. let the driving do the talking.

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    2. Why would you need 40 more hp when our city traffic is going 20-40km/h pace haha.

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    4. It might be but with these added HPs.. combined with the Aerodymics of the D-Max and Mu-x.. these is the third fastest Pickup/SUV in it's class.. Yes.. faster than the Ranger 3.2.. So now you can shut up/

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    5. True! can't see the difference when you are in the city but try to go provincial.

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    6. ha ha ha...I dont believe that d-max can reach the speed of ranger 3.2 is not possible men maybe your dreaming, but for colorado 2.8 maybe yes because 200 hp. and 500 nm torq.

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    7. you don't believe? maybe?

      and we're supposed to just take that what you're saying is true?? go do your homework before dumping your bs on us

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    8. "ha ha ha...I dont believe that d-max can reach the speed of ranger 3.2 is not possible men maybe your dreaming, but for colorado 2.8 maybe yes because 200 hp. and 500 nm torq."

      Sorry to tell you.. If you would do a research it's true. Ranger may have higher HP, but take note it's heavier. Colorado maybe similar but not as Aero Dynamic as the Body (Not the Chassis) of the D-Max or Mu-X. These Isuzu are built with "efficiency and durability" in mind before everything else.

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  11. is it euro 4 or euro 2 compliant?

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  12. Went to Isuzu Pasig earlier today to ask about this 3.0 mu-x. They said it is still not available until next year. I wonder when this 3.0 engine of mu-x be available...

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    1. Liiiaaarr! I just went there today.. You can order now.

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    2. isnt it possible that you talked to a different SA? liar agad? relax man

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  13. Did they remove some features in the 4x4? Its pricing went down. Or...... Isuzu knew it was overpriced.

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  14. Lol isuzu not caring for the crosswind anymore. it will be phased out anyway.

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    1. isuzu will phase out the crosswind given that it still selling very well. maybe give it another decade

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    2. It isn't Euro 4 compliant, so it is probably going to be phased out.

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    3. Correct me if I'm wrong.. isn't it the Crosswind is built to compete with Mitsubishi Adventure? And in the longest time.. the Crosswind has more power? Not really sure.. But maybe that's why they haven't been change it's engine. Bt I think the Sportivo is expensive for that kind of Engine. Might as well get the Mu-X.

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  15. IS it EURO IV compliant? I know that Trailblazer is EURO IV compliant, how about its competitors?

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    1. Top Gear article says its not, yet. Dono how accurate that is. It's weird, for Isuzu not to prepare this new variant for next year, which is just 2 months away, when Euro 4 fuels will be mandatory.

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    2. If it's not EURO IV compliant, then why should i buy one? To have problem during registration if it cannot comply with DENR EURO IV ruling?

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    3. the casas won't be able to sell non-euro IV but you'll still be able to register your non-euro IV. kung tama yang sinasabi mo edi naubos ang sasakyan sa daan.

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  16. Good pricing Isuzu!

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  17. Well, this augurs well for Isuzu as the mighty all new Fortuner is coming up! And with the pricing almost P300k cheaper than the TOTL Fortuner, this is a steal! Nice job Isuzu!

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  18. I'm not really a fan of Isuzu or any 3rd world SUVs for that matter but man I gotta admit, they've nailed it on the pricing of the MU-X 4x2 3.0L. You're getting a lot of metal for that price.

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    1. So what if it's third world?? These SUVs are Tougher than your overpriced over hyped Landrovers and Jeeps.. hahaha

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    2. third world??? haha the Aussies really love those third world SUVs and Utes and they are made in Thailand.

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  19. If I'm not mistaken Thailand uses the newer 4JJ1-TCX and PHI using the older 4JJ1-TC(HI).

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    1. TCX and TC(Hi) are the same you moron..

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    2. and the 2.5 is newer and quieter. its a 4JK series

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    3. TCX versions are Euro IV compliant. Do your research please.

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  20. Sir Uly, Wala na po bang Cobalt Blue color for the D-Max 3.0 VGS?? Pls reply po thanks!

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  21. checked it out, good news to all, those who want to buy ford product here in phils. the pms maintenance the cost is goes down to 20-25% including the labor cost, try to visit to your nearest dealer for more information thanks.

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  22. I will go for the all new 3.0 dmax with vgs turbo. This will silence all isuzu haters..This is what you call the biggest bang for your buck with all the features at a reasonable price. Same value with the new triton strada. Checked the specs.and price. I am actually torn between buying the new triton strada and the new 3.0 dmax with vgs but I think I will settle for the dmax.. Kudos Isuzu for coming out with the 3.0 vgs.

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    1. Isuzu na.. might not be the newest but better built quality and better cabin space... who needs worthless features like hill assist when you can actually drive? All you need to do is step on the gas. LOL

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  23. When will they start selling the new model?

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  24. Can we expect it to be available before the year ends? Please reply.

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    1. I inquired from Isuzu commonwealth QC. It is available in all colors except pearly white. I told them that I am cash buyer and request for a test drive and how long the the waiting time If I will be satsified after the test drive. The answer I got is the unit is ready except for colorpearl white

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  25. Any idea of what is the average fuel consumption of the new engine 4JJ1-TCX 3.0L displacement of mux or d-max? beacuase the ford all new everest 3.2L 4x4 AT combine cycle fuel consumption is 8.5L/100 km during there drive terrain test in the austrialia not so bad and also one thing more the all new fortuner 2.8L 4x4 AT fuel consumption is average 13L/100km in austrialia drive test.

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    1. hindi pa available fuel consumption na agad. OA mo ha!

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  26. Hi uly, isnt the 3.0 liter engine tax free per JPEPA? Should consumers lobby for a lower price?

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    1. do you even know what JPEPA stands for? since you want to be spoon-fed, it only applies to Japan made. Not Japan brands. So where is the MUX/DMAX made? Answer: Thailand. So to spoon-feed you some more, the 3.0 is not covered by JPEPA. More importantly, consumers should not lobby for a lower price on the basis of your imaginary JPEPA.

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  27. Guys any news about the 3.0 VGS variants? I hope kapag kumuha na ako ng unit wala ng hintay hintay ng matagal tulad ng dati :(

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    1. better wait mid-2016

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    2. i got mine 1st week of january 2016 and i am very much satisfied with the performance and comfort.for fuel efficiency i was not able to get the correct data but it is satisfactory :)

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  28. Guys any news about the 3.0 VGS variants? I hope kapag kumuha na ako ng unit wala ng hintay hintay ng matagal tulad ng dati :(

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  29. may soft opening ang mga isuzu dealers this first week of November for mux 3.o vgs. im just waiting for my unit, may p.o. nako sa galing bank

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  30. Isuzu pls add new variant for MUX, 3.0 vgs 4x4 manual

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  31. Why is it that we have inferior power output to the Thai and Australian markets? Would they deliberately introduce an inferior engine? Or is this merely a clerical error? After all, the 1st gen VGS had 163hp.

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  32. Sir Uly, will it be a Euro 4 compliant Engine? just concerned with the new standards by DENR abt euro 4 engines by 2016.

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    1. It's Euro 2. However, don't be alarmed with the switch to Euro 4. First of all, you're free to use it even if it's not Euro 4 compliant.

      For car manufacturers, they have a window in which to phase out non-Euro 4 cars. If I'm not mistaken, they're given until 2017 to move all vehicles to Euro 4 compliance.

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  33. Nice one Isuzu. Engine is not that stressed so it will definitely last long.

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  34. Sir concern po ako sa N&V (noise and vibration) ng sasakyan, meron isuzu crosswind kapitbahay namin e napaka ingay ng engine bukod don mausok at nangangamoy din,can you tell what about this new mu-X?

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  35. Have my mux 3.0 4x2.. mabagal ba ang umabot ng 200kph ang mux 3.0 ko????

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    1. eh meron ka pala bat d mo i test sa sarili mo make sure lang pag gnawa mo un sa mga maluluwang na daan like TPLEX ung wala kang kasabayan na sasakyan

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    2. please post po fuel consumption nyo sa mux 3.0. thnks

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  36. FOREVER UNDERPOWERED & GAYA-GAYA ANG ISUZU!!

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  37. Isuzu Philippines is trying to fool the Filipino consumers by introducing an inferior engine to the Phil. market. A 3.0 liter turbo charged engine with a 163 HP output (less than the output of Thailand and Australian variants) is not acceptable.

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  38. I said that Isuzu Phil. is trying to fool the Filipino consumers because generally speaking, newer engines have higher HP and have better fuel consumption.

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  39. Hi Guys. I've got my MUX 4x2 LS A AT last Dec 2015 and still under break-in period. The dealer advised me not to exceed 3,000rpm during break-in period. During highway driving, 1,800rpm has an speed of 100km/hr already. Highway driving consumption is 15km/l with an average speed of 100-120km/hr. City driving consumption is 13.2km/l. hope it helps those who wants to know the fuel consumption.

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    1. Hi Guys. I forgot to mention, this is a MUX 4x2 LS A AT 3.0 engine

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    2. salamat boss, so not bad ang FC...

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    3. hindi ako sure kung ang mga modelong sasakyan ngayon ay kailangan pa talaga ng matagalang break-in period. para sa akin why not try to break the rules while the warranty is still valid?just my two cents, I got mine 1st week of January 2016 at sinubukan ko agad sa long distance (from pangasinan to NAIA) at pinaabot ng 140km/hr (hindi naman ganun katagal) and so far so good naman.

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  40. isuzu the best diesel engine ever...

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  41. anyone here have the 3.0VGS dmax or MU-X? any review? because from our previous Dmax 2012, 2,000rpm @ 100km/hr. hence the mu-x of 1,800rpm @ 100kph is a great improvement... nice...

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  42. It may seem that the 3.0 Mu-X is P200-300k cheaper than the TOTL variants of Toyota or Ford, but given the power (163 ps) and torque (380 Nm) it is only comparable to the Fortuner 2.4 G (P1.485M) and the Everest 2.2L Trend (P1.530M). The new Fort 2.4G, for example, has 150 ps and 400Nm.

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  43. sir uly just wanna ask about the front & rear breaks of dmax ls 4x2 3.0 kung disc break ba lahat o front lang ang my disc break..tnx po..my family is planning to have one this month.. :)

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  44. sir ano ba kaibahan sa stering whel sa d-max 3.0 compare sa nissan el calibre?naka test drive na po ako sa el calibre medyo matigas...ano po ba sa dmax?

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  45. 1.4M budget, buy 3.0 4x2? Or tingin pa ng ibang SUV or wait kay Fort?

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    1. Either you buy the Mux 4x2 3.0 or shell out another 100k and wait for the Fort cause in my opinion these 2 are the most reliable and durable of all the SUVs out there. I didn't like the everest cause its Ford and Ford hasn't really yet build up a reputation for durable and reliable cars. I like the new Montero, but the space is just not that good in my opinion. The the Trailblazer, well it got expensive a bit cause they put in the new 2.8 engine in the 4x2 and its not that loaded with features like backup camera ( which the 4x2 Mux has ). So either go with the 3.0 Mux or wait for the Fort

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    2. And I forgot to mention. I like the pricing of the Foton Toplander, but there is still no Auto tranny so yeah. Either the 3.0 Mux or shell out a 100k and wait for the Fort

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    3. Noted!!! Thanks!

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    4. go for mu-x 4 x 2 LS-A variant, hindi ka magsisisi sir..

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  46. im xcited to drive my nex isuzu dmax ls 3.0 vgs 4x2 this saturday..

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  47. Any negative comments on this vehicle? 90% sure na kami na eto ang kunin due to value for money and "reliability daw".

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  48. Safest pick up by ASEAN NCAP? BS. The Isuzu Dmax pick ups in the Philippines are not equipped with side-curtain airbags.

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  49. These lack side curtain airbags and vehicle stability control. Safety first.

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  50. Kelan po ba available ang mu-x 2017? lalabas ba sya this year?ty

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  51. Mu-X is a great suv and only comment is the steering medyo mabigat... I drove it from Cavite to Pagodpod

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  52. This is cheaper than the others because the engine is still euro 2 and it has only 2 airbags. Hindi maganda sa kalusugan at safety.

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  53. Safest pick-up? Any vehicle with just 2 airbags would fail the NCAP, IIHS or any crash test for that matter.

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  54. Great SUV until you get into an accident. With just 2 airbags there is a chance you might bump your head to the glass, pillar or any hard object causing damage to your brain which could be fatal. Buy vehicles with at least 6 airbags, vehicle stability control and ABS.

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  55. Ang iba pag nag comment like 2 airbags lng could be fatal...
    piece of advice mga Sirs; di natin alam kung kalian at saan ang aksidente. importante drive safe always.. bonus na yun ibang safety aspects. just my opinion..

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