The new engine will now be offered on top of its existing D-MAX and mu-X variants powered by the 2.5-liter engine.
“While our current D-MAX and mu-X line-up is very much appreciated by the market, there are those who wish to have more power. Thus, we are giving our customers the freedom to choose – between our current 2.5-liter engine and the new 3.0 VGS Turbo variant,” said IPC president Hajime Koso.
Improved power and performance
Both the Isuzu D-MAX and mu-X models will now be available with one of Isuzu’s most powerful engine, the new 4JJ1-TC (HI) 3.0-liter diesel engine. Fitted with common rail direct injection and an intercooled Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger, the new engine responds quickly even at low speeds and eliminates “turbo lag” or the delay in the distribution of power.
The new 4JJ1-TC (HI) engine also promotes Isuzu’s reputation of being reliable, durable and fuel-efficient. Its lifetime steel timing chain and anti-friction melt-in cylinder liners are among its advantages that ensure durability. Evaluated to produce 163 PS (161 horsepower) at 3,200 revolutions per minute and a high 380 Newton-meters of torque from 1,800 to 2,200 rpm, the engine also provides plenty of power, translating to less gear changes, effortless hill climbing and easier off-road driving.
Safety and Styling
To set it apart from the other variants, the 3.0-liter VGS Turbo powered mu-X LS-A now has more premium features like the new LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) for the Isuzu mu-X LS-A – which not only adds to the sporty appearance of the sport utility vehicle but also acts as an avoidance safety feature. These new set of lights increases the vehicle’s visibility, making it easier to detect as it approaches other vehicles on the road.
Adding to its already packed safety features, the Isuzu D-MAX LS 3.0 VGS Turbo has a new tailgate-mounted reverse camera, which automatically activates when the driver engages the transmission to reverse. With this, the rearview will be projected on the 7-inch touchscreen entertainment system to help assist in reverse parking and alleviating blind spots.
Leveling up its styling, the mu-X LS-A 3.0 VGS Turbo has a chromed muffler cutter tailpipe, which rather completes the variant’s chrome finish – front grille, door handle and rear door garnish.
Color and pricing
The Isuzu mu-X 3.0 VGS Turbo is available in six color options: Splash White; Cosmic Black; Titanium Silver; Aqua Blue; Outback Brown; and Silky Pearl White. Prices are set at P1.398 million for the mu-X 4×2 LS-A A/T and P1.708 million for the mu-X 4×4 LS-A A/T. An additional P10,000 will be added to the variant price for all Silky Pearl White units.
Meanwhile the Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 VGS Turbo comes in the exciting Venetian Red color along with the existing colors Cosmic Black, Garnet Red, Titanium Silver and Splash White. The Isuzu D-MAX 4×2 LS M/T is priced at P1.090 million, D-MAX 4×2 LS A/T at P1.160 million, D-MAX 4×4 LS M/T at P1.360 million and D-MAX 4×4 LS A/T at P1.430 million.
The Isuzu D-MAX and mu-X 3.0 VGS Turbo variants are now available at all authorized Isuzu dealership across the country.