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The Isuzu Crosswind has carried on for years yet that hasn't diminished its appeal to buyers as it continues to be one of the top-selling Asian utility vehicles in the country. Part of its appeal comes with it being a family-oriented vehicle.

To prove its point, Isuzu Philippines invited the motoring media participants to bring their families and drive around Metro Manila while simulating typical family activities. Of course, shopping and out-of-town trips are part of that and the Crosswind proved its worth by accommodating bags and luggages of different sizes and materials in the cargo area--just like how a family normally packs for a trip to, say, the beach.

"We organized this family-oriented event to demonstrate that the 2011 Crosswind is the perfect vehicle to meet the many lifestyle demands of the average Filipino family," said Isuzu Philippines president Ryoji Yamazaki. "We at Isuzu are very much aware that the Filipino family is fond of eating out, buying stuff, engaging in recreational activities, and even driving out of town. This event shows that the new Crosswind is comfortable, spacious, versatile, entertaining and dependable--making it up for the task of serving as a family car."

As for the refreshed 2011 Crosswind XUV and Sportivo variants, these units get a one-piece sporty rear bumper with built-in reflectors, a new-design rear quarter molding, oval-shaped tailpipe finisher, black-finished sidestep board, clear-lens turn signals on the side mirrors, projector headlamps with clear-lens signal lights and a black side outline, black-finish radiator grille base, black center console and beige-and-black seat materials.

The other variants, specifically the XL, XT and XTi, get new headlights with clear lens and black outline, a black radiator grille base and a black center console. The XTi also gets clear-lens turn signals on the side mirrors.

For in-car entertainment, the Sportivo comes with a single in-dash DVD/WMA/MP3 player that has a built-in three-inch LCD monitor and USB port while the XUV gets a single in-dash CD/WMA/MP3 player with front USB and auxiliary connectivity. The other variants, meanwhile, get different audio head units: a JVC KD-G206 for the XL, a Sony CDX CT 300S for the XT and a JVC KD-R516 for the XTi.

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The following colors available for the 2011 Isuzu Crosswind lineup: Rich Red for the XTi and the Sportivo; Cyanine Green for the XTi and the XUV; Midnight Blue for the XT and the Sportivo; Moroccan Gold for the XTi and the XUV; Glacial White for the XT, the XL and the XUV; Titanium Silver for the XT and the XL; and Ebony Black for the Sportivo.

The 2011 Isuzu Crosswind is priced at P794,000 for the XL; P883,000 for the XT; P945,000 for the XTi; P1.042 million for the XUV with a manual transmission and P 1.102 million for the XUV with an automatic gearbox; and P1.155 million for the manual transmission-equipped Sportivo and P1.22 million for the automatic Sportivo.

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