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2021 Isuzu MU-X pricing and specs detailed: Onyx Edition sends off current Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport rival

Though the Onyx Edition is based on the MU-X LS-T, it scores a new multimedia system and styling.

Isuzu Ute Australia has revealed what is likely the final version of the current-generation MU-X, with the special Onyx Edition sporting tweaked exterior styling and increased in-cabin technology.

Limited to just 420 units, the Onyx Edition is priced at $56,990 drive-away and is based on the top-spec 2020 MU-X LS-T variant that starts at $56,400 before on-road costs.

To justify its price, the Onyx Edition scores shadow chrome exterior highlights on the tailgate and front grille, while gloss-black adorns the lower front bumper, splitter, side steps and rear diffuser.

The side mirrors also match the exterior colour instead of being chrome, with the Onyx Edition available in either a Silky White Pearl or Obsidian Grey Mica hue.

Additional equipment includes automatic bi-LED headlights, and a 6.8-inch multimedia touchscreen with digital radio, satellite navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay/wired Android Auto.

Carryover gear includes electronically adjustable driver’s seat, leather-accented interior, keyless entry and start, roof-mounted 10-inch DVD screen, eight-speaker sound system, and second- and third-row air vents.

Powering the Onyx Edition is a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, producing 130kW/430Nm that is sent to the road via Isuzu’s ‘Terrain Command’ four-wheel-drive (4WD) system and six-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy in the Onyx Edition were not revealed, but the LS-T grade upon which it is based returned a 7.9 litres per 100km figure.

Being based on the previous-generation D-Max ute, the MU-X Onyx Edition boasts a three-tonne braked towing capacity, up to 1830 litres of rear storage space, selectable 4WD modes and 230mm of ground clearance.

Isuzu is expected to reveal its second-generation MU-X soon, which is based on the new D-Max ute that landed in local showroom in September.

The Japanese brand is yet to confirm details on the new model, but expect to see performance boosted by a revised 3.0-litre engine that punches out 140kW/450Nm, as well as improvements to fuel economy and refinement.

Expect to also see standard safety equipment be significantly improved, as the D-Max comes with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and driver attention alert at no extra charge.

Like all new Isuzu vehicles sold in Australia, the MU-X Onyx Edition comes with a six-year/150,000km warranty with up to seven years roadside assist and seven years capped price servicing.