MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) officially unveiled the 3.0 VGS Turbo variants of D-MAX and mu-X model in a press launch held on October 22 at the Blue Leaf Filipinas, Pasay City.
As a response to power driven customer demands, the company introduced its 3-liter variants, the existing D-MAX and mu-X, to answer the long public clamor for a bigger 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.
Koso expressed his excitement in launching the latest models of mu-X and D-MAX in the press launch and said that both models are now equipped with a new 3-liter with VGS Turbo engine that delivers up to 163 horsepower and up to 380 newton meters of torque.
Power and engine performance
Previewed in Thailand, both the Isuzu D-MAX and mu-X is equipped 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 intercede Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger, the engine responds quickly even at low speed 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. The engine was evaluated to produce 163 Ps at 3,200 rpm and a high 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,200 rpm, it also provides plenty of power, translating to less gear changes, effortless hill climbing and easier off-road driving.
“We introduced these new models with the belief that these products will better serve the needs of our valued Filipino customers,” said Kazuhiko Ito, Director of the Board and Managing Executive Officer of Isuzu Motors Limited.
Stylish and safe
The new 3.0 VGS Turbo variants also 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 SUV, but also acts as an avoidance safety feature. The new set of lights increases the visibility of the vehicle, making it easier to detect as it approaches other vehicles on the road.
In addition, the Isuzu D-MAX LS 3.0 VGS Turbo has a new tailgate mounted Reverse Camera, which automatically activates when the driver engages its transmission to reverse. The rearview will be projected on the 7-inch touchscreen entertainment system to help assist in reverse parking and alleviating blind spots.
The style of 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.
The Isuzu mu-X 3.0 VGS Turbo is available in six dynamic colors: Splash White, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Aqua Blue, Outback Brown, and Silky Pearl White. 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.
To know more about the Isuzu’s new variants, visit their website at www.isuzuphil.com or contact a Isuzu car dealer near you.