2021 Isuzu MU-X launched in Philippines


The Isuzu MU-X has received an all-new generation and apparently, we missed reporting it for some reason. The rough-and-tough SUV has been launched in ASEAN and Australian markets, with prices starting at THB 1,119,000 in Thailand, PHP 1,590,000 in Philippines and AUD 52,726 in Australia (drive away price).

The second-gen MU-X is built on the same platform that underpins the 3rd gen D-Max and the 3rd gen Mazda BT-50. The styling looks significantly different and contemporary compared with the previous model. The front fascia looks even more intimidating this time, and will surely scare away puny hatchback drivers with just a single flash of lights.

Besides that double slat grille, other exterior features include bi-LED projector headlights, LED fog lights, 20-inch alloy wheels depending on the trim, LED taillight signatures, and automatic windshield wipers. The underbody gets steel and poly-composite protection so that you can off-road tension-free.

Features inside depending on the trim include an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heating function for front seats, a 9-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, 8-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, 60:40 reclining split-fold second-row seats, and 50:50 reclining split-fold third-row seats.

ADAS include the usual stuff such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Post-Collision Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, and a few more. Passive safety includes 8 airbags. For Australia, the MU-X also boasts a 5 star ANCAP rating.


Moving on to the business end of the story then, the MU-X is powered by a 3.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with 140 kW (190 metric hp) at 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque from 1,600 to 2,600 rpm, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a transfer case. Depending on the market, there’s also a 1.9-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine on offer, with 110 kW (150 metric hp) at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque from 1,800 to 2,600 rpm. Philippines market also gets a 6-speed manual option on the 1.9L engine.

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