The new Isuzu MU-X, D-Max variants have swanky, sporty elements

Meet the MU-X Luxe, D-Max X-Series
by Tracy Carpena | Feb 23, 2018
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Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Not long after it introduced the Blue Engine-equipped MU-X and D-Max, Isuzu Philippines is back at beefing up its product roster by introducing two new variants of the midsize SUV and the pickup truck.

Meant to be the most "well-appointed" MU-X is the Luxe variant, while the athletic-looking D-Max X-Series is intended for a young audience. Under the hood of these trucks is the same 175hp, 380Nm 4JJ1-TCX turbodiesel Blue Power engine found in the 3.0-liter variants. Available only with 4x2 powertrains, both are mated to an automatic transmission with the D-Max getting a manual option.

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"Keeping our line-up fresh is the key to the very demanding market, especially for the pickup and SUV segments," said Isuzu Philippines Corporation president Hajime Koso.

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So what's new with the pair of Isuzu vehicles?

The Luxe is the first MU-X variant to be equipped with a power tailgate. It's a handy feature when you're loading your grocery bags into the vehicle. With just a push of a button, you get to open and shut the tailgate.

The Red Spinel paint job is an exclusive Luxe body color, and the fender flares and the illuminated "MU-X" rocker plate lend the new variant a more upscale look compared to its MU-X siblings. The sound system gets a 3D surround upgrade courtesy of a new digital signal processor. 

The pickup's new X-Series, on the other hand, sports red Isuzu logos. This looks especially great on the black radiator grille. The red accents on the front and rear skirts are a nice aesthetic touch, too. A cargo spoiler, matte black roof rails, and red fog lamp garnish also contribute to a more aggressive overall look. Our favorite has to be the black 18-inch alloy wheels with a red accent. Like the MU-X Luxe, it also has an illuminated rocker plate, but the pickup has the red Isuzu logo.

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Freestyle White and Black Hawk are the paint job options for interested buyers of the D-Max X-Series variant.

These new variants will be available on the second week of March 2018. Pricing details will be available then, so stay tuned.

With the addition of the MU-X Luxe and D-Max X-Series, Isuzu now has five variants of the midsize SUV and 14 variants of the pickup truck. The question is will IPC bring in the 1.9-liter engine, which was launched in Thailand last year?

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

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Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

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