Isuzu launches all-new mu-X

Isuzu takes on large SUV market with brand-new mu-X

Reuben Van Niekerk
Isuzu mu-x

Isuzu Motors South Africa has introduced the much-anticipated second-generation Isuzu mu-X, boasting bold new styling, a larger and quieter cabin, luxurious materials as well as next generation driver assistance and safety features.


The mu-X is aimed at growing families looking for a seven-seater to fit their lifestyle needs, the new mu-X offers comfort and convenience features for up to seven adults with a cabin that is said to be the largest in the segment. A number of new safety and driver assistance features make driving long distances a breeze


New look

The mu-X is the first model to debut Isuzu’s new look for its passenger vehicles. From the front, the mu-X communicates precision and solid build quality, thanks in part to the new World Crossflow front grille and intricate details of the arrow shaped Bi-LED headlamps.


A signature line running from front to rear dominates the side profile, linking the arrow motif headlamps with the rear light 3d winglets.

At the rear, the tail lights and indicators are combined in a winglet design with precise LED details.


All models feature new alloy wheel designs, with 20-inch wheels fitted to the top of the range ONYX model, 18-inch alloy wheels fitted to LSE models and 17-inch wheels on the LS models.


Larger more refined cabin

The cabin features an opulent and elegant cabin atmosphere with room for seven adults. Gentle elegant lines are finished with layered soft touch materials. A sense of luxury is achieved by mixing a variety of materials including piano black surfaces, chrome highlights, aluminium and soft leather.


A new Multi Information Display provides detailed easy to use menus, which control most of the vehicle’s systems.


A new infotainment system based on a 7 or 9-inch touchscreen units depending on the models. The system features intuitive screen functions along with steering wheel mounted controls for audio and telephone functions, including voice input. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard fitment along with Bluetooth voice and audio streaming, Wi-Fi, integrated mobile hands free and rear-view camera.


Under the bonnet

The mu-X is being launched in South Africa with a new version of the company’s 3.0 litre engine, mated to a quick shifting six-speed gearbox. The engine now boasts 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm from 1600rpm. Engineers have paid particular attention to improving fuel consumption, power and engine noise. Isuzu claim that the new mu-X will use just 7,6 litres per 100km.


The new six-speed automatic transmission features improved gear selection feel along with steering wheel mounted paddles on the ONYX model.


Cutting-edge safety

The Isuzu mu-X features a five star Australian NCAP rating thanks to innovative safety systems such as the addition of a centre airbag between the driver and front passenger. The top of the range ONYX model boasts a total of eight airbags including a driver’s knee airbag located below the steering column. LSE and LS models feature seven airbags. Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System ADAS makes its debut in the technologically packed range topping ONYX model and includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Emergency Lane Keeping, Lane keep Assist System, Attention Assist and Driver Monitoring, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Turn Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.


Real off-road capability

The Isuzu mu-X has the credentials of a very capable off-roader including ground clearance of 235mm, approach angle of 30 degrees and departure angle of 26 degrees. All models are fitted with a rear axle differential lock. The updated 4x4 transfer case features a new actuator that is able to engage in 0.61 seconds.


4x4 models now feature an additional Rough Terrain mode that increases the effectiveness of the Traction Control System on loose surfaces with undulations where one or two wheels diagonally across from each other loose grip.


Model line-up and pricing

3.0 Ddi mu-X 4x2 LS A/T  

R693 800

3.0 Ddi mu-X 4x4 LS A/T 

R771 600

3.0 Ddi mu-X 4x2 LSE A/T 

R763 300

3.0 Ddi mu-X 4x4 ONYX A/T

R860 500


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