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Isuzu reveals new MU-X SUV and it’s ready to take on the Fortuner

Published Oct 28, 2020


BANGKOK - Isuzu revealed its all-new MU-X SUV in Thailand on Wednesday and if first impressions are anything to go by, it looks like a more formidable rival to the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

Of course, this new MU-X is based on the latest-generation Isuzu D-Max bakkie, which will be built in South Africa from early 2022 onwards. However, we are still awaiting confirmation on Isuzu’s local plans for the new SUV.

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While it shares its basic ladder frame chassis with the new D-Max, Isuzu has done more to differentiate the exterior styling this time, with completely unique frontal styling and a body that shows no resemblance to its pick-up cousin.

As is the norm with this class of vehicle, the bakkie’s leaf spring rear suspension also makes way for a comfier coil spring set-up at the back.

The engine range carries over from the D-Max, with the most exciting option being the revised 3-litre turbodiesel unit that produces 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm between 1600 and 2600 revs. Isuzu is also offering a 110kW, 350Nm 1.9-litre unit in Thailand, although it’s likely that SA will only get the 3-litre.

The cabin is fairly similar to the one we see in new D-Max, with the centre piece being a new 23cm touchscreen infotainment system, but the trimmings and materials in the MU-X look a bit more luxurious and Isuzu has also thrown in a mood lighting system.

The SUV also offers seven seats, which offer a wide range of adjustment, and that sure beats the skimpy jump seats that you’ll find in one of its rivals..

You can expect the new Isuzu MU-X to come with more in the way of advanced driver assistance gadgets too.

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Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

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