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Isuzu MU-X in the Philippines

Yesterday, we shared with you photos of the soon-to-be-launched Isuzu MU-X sitting idly in the Port of Batangas, which means that not only are there units now of the SUV on Philippine soil, but also that the launch will take place any time soon.

Well, it looks like the launch is indeed happening in the coming weeks--as early as the first week of September, in fact, if the information we just received is correct. We also got what is purported to be the price list for the MU-X, and we'd like to share it with you:

* 4x2 Standard MT - P1,188,000

* 4x2 Mid MT - P1,260,000

* 4x2 High AT - P1,358,000

* 4x4 High AT - P1,748,000

The extremely affordable standard variant, apparently, will be aimed by Isuzu Philippines Corporation at customers who would normally go for the Crosswind Sportivo.

Now, we are not 100% certain if this list is official. So we tried to verify with two sources: an executive of Isuzu Philippines, and a sales executive of an Isuzu dealership.

The IPC executive would neither confirm nor deny the price list, only saying that the figures may have come from a recent IPC dealer meeting in Thailand, and that these prices are probably "raw."

The Isuzu sales executive, on the other hand, was reluctant to provide details when we asked him about the MU-X pricing. So we texted him the price list and just asked him to comment on it. His one-word reply: "Correct."

Whatever the case may be, the above price/variant list is intriguing, especially since we still haven't officially confirmed what the engine specs will be. Will there be only one engine or two (as in the case of the Chevrolet Trailblazer)? Also, the price difference between the 4x2 High and the 4x4 High is too wide. What could possibly be the 4x4 High's features aside from the four-wheel drive that would warrant such a premium?

Having said that, the Trailblazer's range-topping 2.8-liter 4x4 LTZ AT is priced at P1,733,888, so the alleged price of the MU-X 4x4 High AT is pretty believable.

What do you think?

Photo from Ding Arambulo

Vernon B. Sarne
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