Isuzu, together with its partner Jiangling Motors, has updated the mu-X in China. It’s a familiar mu-X, so to speak, but the surprise lies inside the midsize SUV.
The updated mu-X looks identical with the one that was launched in the local market with the Blue Power engine. By saying identical, we really meant it has the same grille, headlamp design, fog lights, even the front and rear bumpers. The Chinese-spec mu-X gets LED headlights with daytime running lights, things that we love in the local-spec mu-X.
However, don’t be quick to judge as new additions are seen inside the mu-X. First off is the cabin, which has a different layout and features a new 8-inch infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Baidu's CarLife compatibility. Entertainment is further supported by an integrated Yamaha sound system.
The climate controls are also redesigned to go along with the new tech feature, as well as a new gear selector. There is also a new control dial for the Terrain Command 4WD system and a new design for the steering wheel.
In addition, the facelifted mu-X features an 'Isuzu' projector under the front door panels for the first time. It’s kind of something that isn't really that necessary but could be pertained to as a great touch as it adds to the vehicle’s premium feel.
Meanwhile, the Chinese-spec mu-X gets a 1.9L RZ4E-TC Blue Power engine that dethrones the 2.5L 4JK1-TCX engine. This engine type is confirmed to be coming to the Philippines this 2018, but Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has yet to announce exactly when. The 3.0L 4JJ1 TCX engine that we have here is also available in China.