Refreshed Crosswind introduced
Last week we were speculating whether Isuzu PH would launch a brand new Crosswind or refresh their existing model. It turns out that we were a little off with our prediction- Isuzu released a slightly updated version of the Phil-built Crosswind which includes a sporty style front fascia, new silver grille, new headlamp design, and a one-piece color-keyed front bumper.
To complement the exterior design, Isuzu also added a new set of 15-inch multi-spoke all-terrain silver alloy wheels, an aluminum black side step board (for the Sportivo X and XUV variants), roof rails (for the Sportivo X, XUV and XT variants), and a new black tire cover for the XUV variant.
Inside, Isuzu has stuck to its formula of being simple rather than sophisticated. The single in-dash DVD/CD/MP3/WMA/JPG Playback with USB function, integrated reverse camera, sturdy side impact beams, reverse sensor and alarm system (which are available on Sportivo X variants) are present to give each customer quality entertainment features.
Suspension-wise, the double wishbone with torsion bar springs in its front and flex ride semi-elliptical leaf spring in its rear, allow the Crosswind to carry heavy payload while giving improved performance and stability. The tried-and-tested 2.5-liter (4JA1-L) turbo direct injection Euro-2 diesel engine offers the Crosswind a pleasant drive with superb ride quality.
The 2015 Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo X A/T is priced at P 1,195,000, the Sportivo X M/T at P 1,130,000, the Crosswind XUV A/T at P 1,010,000, the Crosswind XT M/T at P 883,000, the Crosswind XL M/T at P 794,000 and the Crosswind XS M/T at P 750,000.
Despite its long overdue redesign, I salute Isuzu PH for giving motorists the best option and value for their hard-earned money. After surpassing the 100,000-unit production mark last month, the Crosswind continues to draw attention in the competitive automotive world.