The new Isuzu D-Max and MU-X X-Power Editions have just been revealed in the East Asian markets and as the name suggests, these look more power-packed than the regular models, to say the least. However, the changes are limited to just visuals while the mechanicals remain unchanged. The new Isuzu D-Max and MU-X X-Power Editions come based on the facelift models that are already available for sale in Nepal.
The outside of the MU-X X-Power gets a dark grey finish (black for the grille) and contrasting orange highlights above the circular fog lamps (the India-spec model gets LED DRLs next to the fog lamps). The same orange highlights are also seen on the center of the blacked-out twin-spoke alloy wheels, which look like they are wrapped in the standard 255/65 R17 tires. On the inside, the cabin gets orange highlights, seen as stitching in the armrests, seats and door upholstery. There is no change in equipment.
The exterior of the D-Max X-Power is also painted in dark grey but gets sliver cladding on the front and rear bumper with yellow highlights for the front unit. Like the MU-X X-Power, the D-Max also gets the corresponding highlight on the black-finished alloy wheels. Unlike the India-spec model, the D-Max X-Power does not get LED fog lamps. The interior of the X-Power pickup is slightly more vibrant with yellow touches on the all-black dashboard, around the central console, and on the seats.
Unlike the D-Max sold in India, which is powered by a 136hp, 2.5-litre diesel engine, the China-spec models share its 177hp, 3.0-litre diesel with the MU-X sold there. The SUV also gets a 163hp, 1.9-litre diesel engine variant in that market. Transmission options for both include a six-speed manual and an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic; while the Indian D-Max and MU-X get a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic, respectively.
While there is no word on Isuzu bringing the X-Power editions to the Nepalese market, they should surely help the Japanese brand move a few more units from its showrooms.