After months of anticipation, pier sightings, stolen shots and Isuzu Philippines' corporate ire, the Japanese truckmaker has finally unveiled the MU-X midsize SUV. This is the successor to the Alterra model released way back in 2005.
Team Kramer, the collective name for the family of pro basketball player Doug Kramer and actress Cheska Garcia, drove an Outback Brown MU-X onto the stage. The photogenic Kramers are the official endorsers of Isuzu’s latest product. Because of the MU-X’s seven-seater capacity, growing families are the logical target for this SUV.
There are basically three grades of the MU-X: High, Mid and Standard. The top variants are called the LS-A, the mid one is designated as LS-M, and the base one is referred to as LS. Only the LS-A variants get a 4x4 drivetrain, and they're only available with an automatic gearbox. The LS-M and the LS, meanwhile, will only be offered with a manual transmission.
All the variants get one and the same engine: a 2.5-liter turbodiesel that produces 134hp and 320Nm. This engine has never been used in a Philippine-market Isuzu product before. Diesel fanboys will be glad to know that Isuzu has joined the variable-geometry turbo bandwagon with this mill.
Those who get the top-spec LS-A four-wheel-drive grade will have the Terrain Command Dial. This allows the driver to shift from 2H to 4H mode by simply twisting a knob, even at speeds as high as 100kph. And in true Isuzu tradition, the LS-A cabins are also packed with special features like leather seats and a roof-mounted 10-inch DVD monitor with a remote control. The latter is used in conjunction with a seven-inch touchscreen display with multimedia functions and a reverse camera viewer.
For the owner’s peace of mind, Isuzu didn’t scrimp on the safety systems. The MU-X has ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control, and traction control.
The Isuzu MU-X is already available at dealerships as you read this, in the following colors: Splash White, Silky Pearl White, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Aqua Blue and Outback Brown. See the prices and variants below. (Ah, but you already know the MU-X's price/variant list if you're a regular visitor of this website.)
So, are you excited about this new midsize SUV?
Photos by Dinzo Tabamo