The all-new second-generation Isuzu mu-X just got a major upgrade making it several steps ahead of its predecessor. It made its first debut in Thailand back in October 2020, featuring the tried and tested Blue Power turbo-diesel range of engines along with several changes that make the midsize more refined and competitive than before. For the Philippine market, the midsize SUV made its entry with 5 available variants, namely the RZ4E LS 4x2 AT, RZ4E LS-A 4x2 MT, the 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT, 3.0 LS-E 4x2 AT, and the 3.0 LS-E 4x4 AT.
Like its predecessor, there are two powertrain options available for the all-new Isuzu mu-X. The Blue Power range of engines includes the base 1.9-liter RZ4E turbo diesel motor that churns out the same figures as before, respectively, 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The other one is a 3.0-liter Blue Power turbo diesel engine that puts out a healthier 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Only the base engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual, while the larger motor can only be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu Philippines launched the all-new mu-X on September 22, 2021. Initially, the midsize SUV has 5 variants for the local market. Like its predecessor, the second-generation Isuzu mu-X is made available with two engines including a 1.9-liter RZ4E turbo diesel motor and a 3.0-liter Blue Power turbo diesel engine that has boosted power figures.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
Under the hood, the Isuzu mu-X is powered by either a 1.9-liter or a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The 1.9-liter motor produces 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the bigger 3.0-liter engine produces 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Transmission options have been carried over from the previous model as the SUV can still be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With its new generation, the 7-seater SUV gains a new chassis that was co-developed with Mazda as well as a new suspension setup. As before the vehicle can still be had as either a 4x2 or as a 4x4 model, with the LS-E variant being the only model getting the 4x4 drivetrain. It still rides on double-wishbone coil springs with a high mounter upper control arm and stabilizer at the front and a five-link coil spring and stabilizer bar at the back. Stopping power for the vehicle comes from 17-inch disc brakes all around as a standard for all models.
5-Door Ladder-On-Frame SUV
Front Engine, Rear-wheel drive
Front Engine, Four-wheel drive
Isuzu Dynamic Drive/Symmetric Mobility Platform
3.0 L 4JJ1-TCX I4
1.9 L RZ4E-TC I4
187hp, 450 Nm of torque (3.0L)
148hp, 350 Nm of torque (1.9L)
The Isuzu mu-X comes standard with a 10.1-inch infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. All versions of the vehicle also get access to a navigation system. Higher variants of the SUV get a 7-inch instrument cluster display, while the entry-level model gets a 3.5-inch monochrome display. The LS-E variant comes equipped with an 8-speaker sound system, while the other models come with a 6-speaker system as standard. A 12-volt accessory socket is also present in the vehicle and is standard across the range. USB ports are also present in the vehicle but are absent in the entry-level model. A new addition to the SUV is a 220V socket that can be found in the LS-E variants.
The Isuzu mu-X is equipped with LED headlights and tail lights are standard for all variants of the SUV with an automatic leveling function also available for all models except the LS AT. Most of the variant lineup is also equipped with a tungsten silver and chrome grille with the entry-level LS AT model getting a black and gun metallic version instead. Power adjustable side mirrors are also available as standard for the SUV with integrated side turn signals being available for the higher models. Roof rails are also present on the vehicle, however, are not present in the entry-level variant. A rear spoiler is also available for all models along with an emergency stop signal. A power tailgate option is also available for the top-of-the-line LS-E variants. New wheel options are also available for the SUV with the higher trim levels getting 20-inch alloys, the mid-tier models getting 18-inch alloys, and finally, the entry-level model getting 17-inch alloy wheels. Higher tier models of the vehicle will receive an 18-inch steel spare tire while the entry-level variant will get a 17-inch one instead.
The Isuzu mu-X is available in the following colors: Marrakesh Brown, Satin Pearl White, Onyx Black, Mercury Silver, and Splash White.
On the inside, the Isuzu mu-X features a more refined cabin that somewhat resembles the layout on its pickup truck brother, the D-MAX. The SUV comes with three seat material options, leather for the higher-tier models, fabric for the mid-level trim, and cloth for the entry-level variant. All of these seating material options come with black as the standard color. 8-way power-adjustable seats are present for the first row for the LS-E models, with 6-way manual adjustability being standard for the LS-A variants. The entry-level LS model only gets 4-way manual adjustability. The second row of the vehicle comes in the form of a 60/40 split-folding bench-type seat with a center armrest and three adjustable headrests. The third row of the SUV is a 50/50 folding bench-type seat with two adjustable headrests.
For its climate controls the 7-seater SUV can be had with either a dual-zone auto climate control system with a pollen filter for the higher tier variants, or a 3 dial switch with a pollen filter for the lower models.
The all-new Isuzu mu-X has also significantly improved when it comes to safety. All variants come standard with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist, brake override system, electronic stability control, traction control, hill-start assist, and hill-descent control. As for airbags, variants ranging from the RZ4E LS 4x2 AT up to the 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT getting dual-front units, while opting for the higher trims will provide 7 airbags.
Aside from the standard safety kit, the second-generation Isuzu mu-X can be had with a range of driver-assist features that are similar to the Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) available on the Isuzu D-MAX. All variants except for the entry-level RZ4E LS 4x2 AT come with a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera. While opting for any of the LS-E variants adds forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, turn to assist, pedal misapplication mitigation, adaptive cruise control, manual speed limiter, automatic high beam, multi-collision brake system.
Let's walkaround the 2023 Isuzu mu-X. Updated for this model year, the new midsize SUV's got a few new things to flaunt. Let Caco take you around and and around in it to see what's new, what stayed the same, and what's happening with the mu-X for this year.
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What updates has Isuzu given the mu-X?
Isuzu Philippines has given the mu-X a new infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for specific variants along with a new set of wheels for the LS-A variants.
What is the top of the range Isuzu mu-X?
The top of the line mu-X in the Philippines is the 4x4 AT LS-A variant.
What does Isuzu mu-X stand for?
Mu-X stands for Mysterious Utility – extreme.
What is Isuzu Blue Power?
Blue Power is Isuzu's proprietary engine technology that helps save fuel and keeps emissions within regulations
Is the mu-X diesel?
Yes, the mu-X is diesel and can be had with two turbo diesel engine options.
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