The all-new Isuzu MU-X joins the midsize-SUV wars packing quite a punch

Should other Japanese brands be scared?
by Drei Laurel | Sep 29, 2021
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If you’ve been paying attention to the local auto industry for the past couple of months, it should be apparent to you that the country’s midsize-SUV battle is once again heating up.

For this round, Isuzu Philippines has brought in the all-new MU-X. At first glance, there’s no question that its much angrier design warrants attention from competing brands—but does the vehicle pack enough of a punch to have them sweating bullets?

Under the hood, the top-spec 2022 MU-X is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine capable of 187hp and 450Nm of torque. That’s up by a noticeable amount from the last one’s 175hp and 380Nm. The carmaker has also brought the model up to speed on the design front, both inside and out.

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The exterior looks considerably nicer now, with sharper headlights, bolder lines, and a more modern overall appearance. Inside, there’s a much more premium vibe that features an improved application of plastic, more soft-touch materials, and a proper touchscreen infotainment setup on the dashboard. There’s very little to complain about in terms of polish here—something that could not be said of the previous-generation MU-X.

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With a more powerful engine and a much better fit and finish, it’s safe to say the MU-X is once again one of the top dogs in the segment. Want to learn more about Isuzu’s all-new midsize SUV, including our first impressions? Press play on the video above.

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