Isuzu Philippines Corporation is a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors. The company was formed on August 7, 1995, and has its headquarters in Binan Laguna. The Japanese car manufacturer made a name for itself with its sale of commercial vehicles as well as its pickups and SUVs. Popular vehicles that the company has launched through the years are likes of the Crosswind, Trooper, and Fuego.
The current lineup of non-commercial Isuzu vehicles consists of the mu-X and the D-Max. These two units cover the pickup truck and SUV segments in the market. These two are also popular vehicles in Isuzu’s lineup.
In 2019 Isuzu released several special edition variants of the D-Max as well as the mu-X. The Japanese company added Boondock variants of the mu-X and D-Max in the last quarter of 2019. These new variants feature a rugged and off-road themed exterior. The variants also got a couple of off-road themed goodies like wheels and tires as well as a lift kit and other accessories. Despite their off-road based looks these new variants only come in a 4x2 configuration.
Isuzu has discontinued the 2.5-liter turbo diesel engines found in the D-Max and mu-X. These older engines have been replaced by a much more powerful and smaller form factor engine. The new engine is now a 1.9-liter turbo diesel with Isuzu’s Blue Power technology. Despite its small size, the engine makes 148hp and 350Nm of torque. That represents an increase of 14hp and 30 Nm of torque compared to the older 2.5-liter powerplant.
Isuzu launched the all-new D-Max in Thailand in October 2019. Expect the all-new pickup to hit Philippine shores by 2020 as special edition D-Max units have only just released.
Isuzu trims locally consist of the LT, LS, and LS-A. There was the LS-M variant but it has since been phased out of the variant lineups.
LT - The entry-level trim in the lineup, it has the least features and loses out on certain power features. Exterior wise it can easily be set apart from the rest of the lineup thanks to the lack of alloy wheels and the presence of steel wheels.
LS - The mid-tier trim level where more features become available such as the 7-inch infotainment system.
LS-A - The top of the line trim level. This is where all the features are present and where 4x4 variants in automatic form become available.