The members of mu-X Owners Philippines (muXOP) club accomplished a 1,000-km trip to the beautiful island of Catanduanes with 20 Isuzu mu-X units. Tagging along were the representatives of Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) and motoring media, riding the mu-X LSA 4x4 Automatic and mu-X LSA 4x2 Manual variants. These two units were powered by Isuzu's new newest and most efficient diesel engine, the BluePower RZ4E.
The exciting drive started at the Petron KM 44 Southbound service station on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Calamba, Laguna. The pack of SUVs then headed to Tabaco Port in Albay, where they took the roll-on roll-off (RORO) trip to San Andres Port in Catanduanes.
Once on the island, they drove around the 150-km island loop, which let them see the breathtaking parts of the country. This trek led the muXOP club members to a 200-foot-high seaside cliff, where they witnessed the scenic view of the Pacific Ocean.
This challenging trip to the country's 12th largest island once again proved mu-X's consistent power and stability in different types of terrains, tricky twists and turns, and steep roads.
Moreover, the new RZ4E-powered mu-X provided a great performance even when fully loaded with passengers, camera equipment, and bunch of pasalubong. With the new engine, the SUV recorded a fuel mileage of 17.63 km/L for the automatic and 14.37 km/L for the manual variant.
The Isuzu RZ4E engine is the result of the Japanese marque's six years of extensive research. It also represents brand's first venture into smaller engines but with higher outputs. Additionally, the new engine is also 60-kg lighter than the previous 4JJ2 engine, which offers improved fuel efficiency, reduced noise and vibration, and cleaner emissions.