The SUV segment took a beating last year, when the dreaded TRAIN law was enacted. Prices for the wildly popular vehicle soared, with an additional 150k over the retail price. Buyers were in a panic, grabbing everything in sight months before January 2018 commencement of the revised tax scheme.

If you lusted about an SUV, especially first time buyers, it seemed all was lost, with prices getting out of hand. Weep no more, for your dreams can come true. Isuzu Philippines just introduced their frugal version of the MuX RZ4E 4×2 LS-A AT. That’s right, the famed engine is now in the MuX. The RZ4E 1.9 liter Turbo engine, popularized by the Dmax, is now available, with a great price reduction that will blow your eyes out.

If you want the size of an SUV but the thriftiness of a sedan, then this Isuzu is for you. For a starter SUV owner, the total package is just fine. Sure, its not for rough roads and trails, but it gets the job done. Its the perfect travel companion. The blue mood light on the door panels was a nice touch.


  • RZ4E 1898cc (1.9litre) Turbocharged, Intercooled
  • Power: 148ps (150hp)
  • Torque: 350Nm@1800rpms
  • Transmission: 6-Speed with Manual Gear Select

Safety features:

  • 4-wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist,
  • dual SRS airbags.
  • reverse camera and parking sensors
  • Wheels 255/65/18


  • 10in Overhead LCD Monitor
  • Automatic AC System
  • Door Panel Mood Light
  • LED lighting
  • Side Mirror signal lights
  • Rear Camara

For those extra-frugal enthusiasts, there is the RZ4E MuX LS Manual transmission. It’s devoid of almost all options, but still has enough.

  • 16in tires
  • Manual AC system
  • Halogen lamps
  • Black grille
  • Base stereo
For a limited time only. (Image from Isuzu Philippines)

With an intro price of Php1.3M (plus provincial delivery charge) its still a great buy for those first time buyers with limited budgets.

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Text/Images by Earl Manalansan


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