Earlier this year, Isuzu Philippines launched the 2022 D-MAX. We praised it for its improved design, gorgeous interior, and advanced safety features. Now, after months of teasers, the 2022 mu-X is taking the same massive leap forward.
Isuzu has executed another end-to-end transformation, and the all-new mu-X is primed to make a splash in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment.
Anyone can tell you that the new mu-X looks much improved over its predecessor. Everything just works. The front fascia looks sharper and more sinister with slim bi-LED headlamps and a new signature grille design. The higher trim levels get LED fog lamps, which now sit lower than the previous model.
Over to the side, things are more subdued but not any less eye-catching. The 202 mu-X features redesigned doors complementing the bolder character line that sweeps across the vehicle. The fenders are smaller this time around, while the wheels are larger at 20 inches for the higher variants. Rounding out the side profile are chrome trims in the windows and step boards.
The rear looks clean and tough, featuring a more prominent Isuzu badge flanked by sharp LED taillamps. A power tailgate is an option for the range-topping variants. Overall, the new mu-X features a sportier stance with better proportions than the outgoing model.
Interior and technology
Heading inside, we see that the mu-X gets a refreshed interior similar to the new D-MAX. Drivers are treated to an updated leather-wrapped steering wheel with added control buttons. There's also a new 7-inch multi-information display tucked between analog gauges. The base model gets neither, as it features a urethane steering wheel and a 3.5-inch monochrome display.
The infotainment system looks stellar, as the 2022 mu-X gets a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, AUX, and USB capabilities. You get either 6 or 8 speakers, depending on the variant. There's also a cubby hole for storing your smartphone, but oddly there is no wireless charging.
Isuzu has done a commendable job with upping the build quality of the new mu-X. The leather upholstery in the higher models looks premium, while shiny plastics are tastefully placed and kept to a minimum. Cabin space is maximized with smart and practical storage solutions. The mu-X still seats seven, and average-sized folk will have no trouble kicking it in the third row for longer trips. Whichever variant you get, the mu-X boasts quality Japanese engineering that you can't go wrong with.
As for safety features, all models get electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, a brake override system, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, and hill descent control. The higher models get seven airbags while the lower trims get two.
The higher trim levels go further with Isuzu's Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS). The system includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, turn-assist, pedal misapplication mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a manual speed limiter.
Parking is more convenient thanks to a parking aid and dynamic reverse camera, with the guidelines now moving intuitively with the wheel position. There's also a multi-collision brake system for post-crash safety.
The wide range of safety features earns the new 2022 Isuzu mu-X a 5-star rating from the ASEAN NCAP.
Isuzu still leads the pack in terms of diesel powertrains. This year, the 2022 mu-X keeps the two engine options from the previous model.
The first choice is a 1.9-liter RZ4E turbo-diesel power plant that makes 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The second is a more capable 3.0-liter Blue Power turbo-diesel mill making 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Gearbox options are a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.0-liter 4x4 models have a towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg. While the 4x4 variants will satisfy off-roading enthusiasts, we think the 4x2 models will be enough for most drivers.
The 2022 Isuzu mu-X starts at P1,590,000 for the base model RZ4E LS 4x2 AT variant and goes up to P2,450,00 for the range-topping 3.0 4x4 LS-E AT model.
For color options, the RZ4E 4x2 LS AT model is available in Splash White, Mercury Silver, and Onyx Grey.
The RZ4E 4x2 LS-A MT and 3.0 4x2 LS-AT get the same while adding the Satin White option.
The top-spec 3.0 4x4 LS-E AT is available in Satin White and the exclusive Marrakesh Brown.
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