Well, it’s officially official: the second-generation Isuzu MU-X large SUV is coming. In fact, the new D-Max ute-based model will be revealed very, very soon.
Isuzu Thailand released a 15-second teaser video of the MU-X, showing glimpses of its headlights with arrow-style LED daytime running lights, rear fascia, side doors and steps, and driver’s seat as well as a shadowy front three-quarter angle.
And if most of these design elements look familiar, that’s because they were ‘revealed’ last month via renderings filed with the Japanese patent office. Check out our story link below to see the MU-X’s exterior in full ahead of its official reveal.
Speaking of which, we now know exactly when the MU-X will make its big debut. That’s right, mark 9.30pm on Wednesday, October 28 in your calendars. Yep, it’ll take place in less than two weeks.
As for when the MU-X will enter Australian showrooms, Isuzu has been keeping quiet about its local plans, although CarsGuide expects it will launch here late next year.
Under the bonnet, the MU-X is expected to use the D-Max’s new 140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder diesel engine (4JJ3) with the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains, the latter coming with a rear differential lock.
These combinations are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic in the D-Max, but the latter is likely to be standard in the MU-X.
The MU-X will also likely share the D-Max’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems, which includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
The current-generation MU-X is priced from $42,900 to $56,400 plus on-road costs, but expect the new model to move slightly upmarket with a significant increase in equipment, including wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto support.
Isuzu Australia sold 5020 examples of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Ford Everest to the end of September this year, a 19.3 per cent decrease over the same period in 2019.
For reference, while Mazda’s new BT-50 is a D-Max twin, the brand isn’t planning its own version of the related MU-X, so don’t get your hopes up for a slightly more premium spin-off.