Following the return of the Isuzu D-Max Boondock to the local market earlier this year, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has now introduced another Boondock Edition vehicle—this time with its famous midsize SUV, the MU-X.
IPC has sold more than 48,000 units of the MU-X since the vehicle landed in 2014, establishing the nameplate as one of the strongest in its segment. Across its lifetime, the MU-X has also received its fair share of refreshes, including the introduction of two new powertrains—one of which is Isuzu’s 1.9-liter RZ4E engine. Now, the SUV gets another update yet again.
One look will tell you that the Boondock is a rugged machine intended to tackle tricky terrain. A particular change you might notice first is that the 16- and 18-inch wheel options have been replaced with 17-inch matte black, machine-finished wheels fitted with 265/70 all-terrain tires. Meanwhile, seen up top is a crossbar ready to be mounted with a roof rack or carry cargo such as bikes and surfboards.
The interior, however, receives no updates—not that it’s a bad thing. Leather seats and an eight-inch infotainment system can still be found on the inside. No changes are seen under the hood as well, as the MU-X Boondock is still powered by the 4JJ1-TCX 3.0-liter in-line-four Blue Power turbodiesel that’s currently available in all MU-X models and the recently launched D-Max LS-A. This powertrain generates 175hp and 380Nm of torque and is only available as a six-speed automatic. Underneath, the suspension setup has been improved with monotube nitrogen-filled performance shock absorber bars and a rear stabilizer bar. Unfortunately, just like the D-Max Boondock, this special edition MU-X is only offered with a 4x2 drivetrain.
The new Isuzu MU-X Boondock carries a P1,845,000 price tag and is only available in Havana Brown. It’s set to hit dealerships by the end of October, but IPC has announced that only 100 units will be available.
What do you think of the new-look MU-X?