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.

"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.

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

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

Isuzu MU-X, D-Max 2018

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