Isuzu’s newest SUV arrives to the local market in four variants. The lineup is topped by the MU-X LS-A, available with either a four-wheel-drive or a two-wheel-drive system that’s paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Following next is the MU-X LS-M, which is fitted with a two-wheel-drive system and a five-speed manual transmission. Bringing up the entry-level end is the MU-X LS that’s also equipped with a two-wheel-drive system and a five-speed manual gearbox.
Powering the new MU-X is Isuzu’s 4JK1-TC (HI) 2.5-liter diesel engine that has common rail direct injection and an intercooled variable geometry system turbocharger. It is rated Euro2-compliant and makes 132hp and 320Nm.
As IPC’s flagship model, the MU-X has leather coverings for the seats, steering wheel and door trim; a seven-inch touch-screen display for the six-speaker multimedia system that has aux-in, USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity; available built-in navigation; audio controls on the steering wheel; a 10-inch roof-mounted DVD monitor with remote control; dual climate control with rear coolers; speed-sensing door locks; a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat; passive keyless entry; and push-button start/stop ignition, among others. The vehicle seats seven.
To prop up the MU-X’s role as a family vehicle, IPC at PIMS named Team Kramer as the MU-X’s brand ambassador. Team Kramer is composed of the family of celebrity basketball player Doug Kramer and wife, actress and TV host Cheska Garcia-Kramer, and their children, Kendra, Scarlett and Gavin. IPC said Team Kramer “embodies the lifestyle of those drawn” to the MU-X.
Joining the MU-Xs at Isuzu’s display were a Crosswind XT Limited Edition and a D-Max LS X-Series.