|Type||4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC Diesel Engine with Turbo Intercooler|
|Maximum Power||136ps @ 3,400rpm|
|Maximum Torque||320Nm @ 1,800 to 2,800rpm|
|Bore and Stroke||95.4 x 104.9mm|
|Transmission Type||5-speed manual/automatic transmission
with sequential shift
|Front and Rear Suspension||Front: Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizer; Rear: Five-Link Coil Spring and Stabilizer Bar|
|Front and Rear Brakes||Front: Ventilated Disks; Rear: Solid disks, except LS MT (Leading and Trailing Drums)|
|Wheels||Automatic: 255 / 65 R17, Aluminum Alloy; Manual: 245 / 70 R16, Aluminum Alloy|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||4,825 x 1,860 x 1,840 (Both LS-A ATs); 4,825 x 1,860 x 1,830 (LS-M MT); 4,825 x 1,860 x 1,825 (LS MT)|
|Gross Vehicle Weight||2,750kg (4×4); 2,650kg (4×2)|
|Type||Rack and Pinion with Power Assist, Tilt Adjust; except LS MT (Rack and Pinion with Power Assist)|
Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has made locally available the MU-X, their latest flagship sports utility vehicle that’s fitted with advanced technological and design features fitting for a successor to the now discontinued Alterra nameplate.
The MU-X boasts of an improved 4JK1-TC 2.5-liter diesel engine with Common Rail Direct Injection and intercooled Variable Geometry System turbocharger technologies that enhance turbine response to eliminate lags in power delivery. It’s rated to produce 136Ps @ 3,400rpm and tops at 320Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,800rpm. It’s mated with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift function.
Helping the nameplate conquer rough terrains is its 4WD Terrain Command Select Dial, 230mm ground clearance and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Aesthetics-wise, its contours and character lines unite in a form that slices through the air for improved fuel mileage. Adding to the vehicle’s sporty look are projector-type multi-reflector headlamps, center roof antenna, color-keyed front and rear bumpers, and roof rails capable of holding up to 60 kilograms of baggage.
Up to 7 people can easily hunker down in its spacious interior, with a specially designed suspension system providing a car-like riding comfort. Premium leather covers for the seat, steering wheel, and door trims; 7-inch touchscreen display; six-speaker multimedia system with various connectivity options; built-in navigation; dual climate control with rear coolers; and various other premium features dot the MU-X’s cabin.
The nameplate comes in three variants, the most advanced of which is the LS-A which arrives in either a four-wheel or two-wheel drive configuration with a 5-speed automatic transmission and additional features on top of those listed here. There’s also the middle ground LS-M and the entry-level LS, both fitted with a two-wheel-drive system and a 5-speed manual transmission.
The MU-X LS M/T 4×2 is priced at PHP 1.188 million; PHP 1.260 million for the MU-X LS-M M/T 4×2; The MU-X LS-A A/T 4×2 ships at PHP 1.358 million; and the highest variant, the MU-X LS-A A/T 4×4, has a tag of PHP 1.748 million. All these come with a variety of color options, namely: splash white, silky pearl white, cosmic black, titanium silver, aqua blue, and outback brown.