Makeover for 2013 CrosswindBy Charles E. Buban
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Believe it or not, the venerable Isuzu Crosswind is now 11 years old. For this year’s update, there are notable styling tweaks as well as safety improvements enough to entice buyers to consider this bestselling model of Isuzu Philippines Corp.
The 2013 Crosswind Sportivo X now sports a roof rail, a pair of all-weather fog lamps in front, power-folding side-view mirrors with integrated LED turn signal lamps, side step boards, rear spoiler that features a high-mounted LED stop lamp and reverse camera, a one-piece design rear diffuser equipped with real-time reverse sensing system, unique matte black spare tire cover, and 15-inch performance alloy wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires.
“Considering this is our best-selling multipurpose vehicle, the 2013 Crosswind Sportivo X is now updated with unique features commonly found in SUVs. Now our loyal buyers will be able to drive more confidently thanks to these safety features and external improvements,” IPC president Ryoji Yamazaki said.
He added that these improvements will make the 2013 Crosswind Sportivo X even more endearing and indispensable, especially during these times when families travel a lot or had to face inclement weather.
“The Crosswind is a very important model as IPC intends to sell 13,000 units this year,” said Yamazaki. “Around half of that will come from the Crosswind. That is why we want to
continually offer Filipino families a model that is more suited to the times while still giving them the best value for their money.”
To make every trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, Yamazaki said the IPC updated 2013 Crosswind Sportivo X entertainment system to include video. An auxiliary input jack is also provided for portable digital music player as well as a thumb drive.
Even the seats are now covered in comfortable, beige-color leather for a truly upscale and sophisticated ambience.
Excellent resale value
“This is why the Crosswind has maintained its excellent resale value all these years,” said Yamazaki.
The 2013 Sportivo X, along with the rest of the Crosswind variants XT and XL, is powered by a 2.5-liter direct-injected, turbocharged (4JA1-L) diesel engine that generates 83 horsepower and 185.3 Nm of torque.
To make the ride more comfortable, Yamazaki explained that the Crosswind is equipped with independent double wishbone with torsion bar springs plus stabilizer bar front suspension and IPC’s patented Flex Ride MOVE rear suspension.
“To make the Crosswind a lot safer for its occupants, the AUV also features child-proof door locks and side-impact door beams. All Crosswind variants are also equipped with halogen projector headlights and a shark’s fin antenna that boosts its sporty appearance,” Yamazaki said.
The 2013 Sportivo X is available in Rich Red, Satin Silver and Ebony Black while the XT comes in Glacial White, Midnight Blue and Rich Red body colors. The XL is available in Glacial White and Titanium Silver.
IPC announced that the automatic 2013 Sportivo X is priced P1.205 million while the manual counterpart is priced P1.14 million. The XT is priced P883,000 while the XL, P794,000.
The 2013 Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo X is now available at all IPC dealerships nationwide. In Metro Manila: Edsa Balintawak, Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth, Pasig, Manila, Makati and Alabang. In the provinces, Isuzu dealerships are located at Isabela, Pangasinan, Cabanatuan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, San Pablo, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mandaue, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and General Santos (for more information, log on to www.isuzuphil.com).