All-New Isuzu mu-X flaunts Xciting and luXurious features in first media drive to Palawan
NOTHING less than a road trip in paradise will do.
To showcase the “Xciting” and “luXurious” features of the All-New Isuzu mu-X, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) chose the spectacular landscape of Palawan over which to hold the maiden test drive event for its flagship SUV. The natural wonders of the province definitely provided the best backdrop for the mu-X’s own amazing traits.
“Isuzu is not a stranger to the numerous wonderful destinations that the Philippines offer,” said IPC President Nobuo Izumina. “With our All-New Isuzu mu-X, we are confident that touring these many attractions become even more pleasurable. This premium SUV not only benefits from core Isuzu values of durability, reliability and fuel efficiency, but also raises luxury and convenience to a whole new level.”
Like Palawan, the mu-X is packed with pleasant surprises. Among other premium features, it flaunts projector-type multi-reflector headlamps, a center roof antenna, roof rails that can support 60 kilograms of cargo, fog lamps, chrome radiator grille, and power-folding side-view mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps. This SUV’s spacious interior can accommodate seven passengers in car-like riding comfort, thanks to a specially developed suspension system made up of independent double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer in front, and a five-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar combination in the rear.
Aboard several units of the All-New Isuzu mu-X, participants to the daylong road trip took off from Puerto Princesa and meandered their way to the Sheridan Organic Farm in Sabang, passing over town and coastal roads that afforded expansive views of the West Philippine Sea. After a lunch feast, the group proceeded inland, traversing winding roads that cut across rainforests with views of awesome foliage and rock formations. At the end of the route lay Sheridan Hotel, which boasts a beachfront lifestyle rivaling that found on the Philippines’ best seaside destinations. Plus, the ritzy resort is only a few minutes away from the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park in the Saint Paul mountain ranges, giving the road trip contingent the opportunity to tour what is recognized as one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature.
Apart from experiencing the natural beauty of the place, the participants were also able to appreciate the premium and practical features of the All-New Isuzu mu-X’s spacious interior. Highlights here are leather seats, steering wheel and door trim, and a seven-inch touchscreen display for the six-speaker multimedia system that has aux-in, USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as built-in navigation. The All-New mu-X LS-A goes further with audio controls on the steering wheel and a 10-inch roof-mounted DVD monitor with remote control. Other features include auto climate control with rear coolers, speed sensing door locks, three 12-volt accessory sockets, a total of 19 storage compartments and 12 cupholders, electroluminescent instrument meters that have automatic bright adjust integrated with the useful Multi-Information Display (MID) panel, six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and passive keyless entry with push-button start/stop ignition.
Rear seat passengers during the hours-long Palawan trip were also able to enjoy the All-New Isuzu mu-X’s class-leading legroom and the convenient access to the third-row seats via the second-row seats’ forward-tumble, 60/40-split function.
The same luxurious and comfortable features of the vehicles again pampered the participants during the second day of their Palawan trip. But enhancing the experience was the All-New Isuzu mu-X’s performance capabilities, which start with a power plant never before used in any IPC product. Called 4JK1-TC, this 2.5-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine is fitted with Common Rail Direct Injection and an intercooled Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger. It is rated to comply with Euro-2 emission standards, and produces 136 Ps at 3,400 rpm and a high 320 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,800 rpm.
During the drive from Sheridan Hotel to Honda Bay port and the various attractions of Puerto Princesa City, the engine provided plenty of power, translating to less gear changes, effortless hill climbing and easier driving over some rougher terrain.
Matched to the engine is either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic with sequential shift function. The mu-X LS-A variant is equipped with a four-wheel-drive system that has the 4WD Terrain Command Select Dial, which allows the driver to simply twist a knob to shift from 2H mode to 4H mode even at speeds as high as 100kph. For the event’s participants, this means that the return drive to Sheridan Hotel, as well as the trip back to Puerto Princesa airport the following day, is exhilarating but completely safe and secure.
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