An ageing SUV tries to remain relevant.
Isuzu’s current MU-X is not new. The dependable D-Max platform off-road station wagon has been available globally since 2013 and that means it competes against a Toyota Fortuner, which is a generation younger in terms of technology and vehicle architecture.
Fans of the Japanese brand are keenly waiting to see how the next MU-X will benefit from its D-Max platform upgrades. Until that time, Isuzu is attempting to keep possible buyers interested in the current MU-X, with a predictable new special edition.
It is called the Onyx Edition and has the typical assortment of equipment and slight styling upgrades, to be expected from a vehicle nearing the end of its lifecycle.
Visually the MU-X ONYX Edition features standard LED headlights, smoke chrome and black gloss exterior design details. The front bumper is also framed by a subtle chin spoiler, which is probably not of crucial function to any aerodynamic advantage but does make the MU-X slightly more vulnerable to damage, in extreme off-road terrain.
Inside this latest upgrade of the MU-X, there is a smaller infotainment screen, with superior functionality. Although the Onyx Edition downsizes from 8- to 6.8-inches of infotainment display, it does gain wireless Apple CarPlay.
Comfort levels are enhanced with quilted leather seat patterning and a six-way adjustable driver’s pew. Cognizant that all passengers now demand their device to remain charged on a long road trip, Isuzu has equipped the MU-X Onyx Edition cabin with three high-output USB charging points, complimenting the three 12V chargers that are also available for use.
If you still own DVDs, this Isuzu seven-seater has a roof-mounted DVD player and eight-speaker audio system.
The Onyx Edition upgrade is debuting in Australia and could be an indication of what could be expected in terms of a local enhancement for MU-X, before its replacement arrives.