Our test vehicle, the LS-U, is the mid-spec variant in the MU-X range. A 4x2 version is available but our MU-X is a 4x4.
Standard features include 9.0-inch touchscreen multimedia unit (with Sat-Nav, Android Auto (wired) and wireless Apple CarPlay), 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED DRLs, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera with dynamic guide-lines.
It also has piano-black interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, keyless entry, push-start ignition, auto door-locking, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded wiper-blade design, a power tailgate, roof rails and rear privacy glass.
All variants have Isuzu’s full active-safety suite of driver-assist tech as standard and that includes AEB (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The MU-X has eight airbags, hill descent control, hill-start start assist, trailer sway control, and Rough Terrain mode, which is aimed at complementing the existing and improved off-road traction control system.
It is available in any one of eight colours this MU-X is Mercury Silver metallic, which is a new colour choice.
As mentioned, braked towing capacity has increased from 3 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes, so that’s a big bonus in its favour, especially considering that puts it 400 to 500kg ahead of its rivals.
As standard, the LS-U 4x4 has a price-tag of $59,900 before on-road costs, but our test vehicle costs $67,865.95 plus on-road costs because it comes equipped with Mercury Silver Metallic Paint ($500), Tow Bar Kit ($1100), Electronic Brake Controller $820, Tow Bar Wiring Harness – 12 Pin Flat ($359).