All-New Isuzu MU-X Revealed

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Isuzu has revealed its all-new MU-X. See what's new for the 2021 model.

Isuzu says this is an all-new model, no facelifts or updates here, with substantial changes visually and under the skin. Mechanically, the new-generation MU-X is assembled on the same platform as the all-new 3rd-generation D-Max bakkie

Isuzu has given the all-new MU-X a bold look that differentiates it from the bakkie sibling. While the front looks fresh, the real radical changes can be found at the rear with new taillights and bumpers. The cabin has been substantially overhauled and resembles the all-new D-Max. It looks premium and the current shape's ventilation dials have been replaced by switched.

There are small detail upgrades like a new multi-information display on the instrument cluster with nicer graphics, as well as trim updates to the gear selector and steering wheel. Importantly, it appears safety has been given a big update in the form of lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and multi-collision braking. There are also six airbags, stability control, hill-start assist, traction control, and hill descent control.

In terms of engines, there are 2 being offered. The 1.9-litre engine that never made it to our market will kick off the range with 110 kW and 350 Nm. There's a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The other option is the latest iteration of the 3.0-litre motor which makes 140 kW and 450 Nm, and it's available with a 6-speed auto as well as 4-wheel drive. 

The local MU-X was given a light facelift in 2020 to improve its appearance and specification levels. Having just announced this new version, buyers may likely hold out on their purchase until this model's launch, depending on how long away that is. We have contacted Isuzu SA for comment and will update this article. 

In terms of rivals, the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Haval H9 and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport are in the crosshairs. We'll have more info on local availability soon.

Further Reading

Isuzu MU-X (2020) Review

Local Isuzu D-Max postponed until 2022

Isuzu D-Max (2021) International Launch Review

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