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2025 Isuzu MU-X update coming: what we know so far about the D-Max's SUV sibling and rival to the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner

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Isuzu MU-X teaser (Credit:
Isuzu MU-X teaser (Credit:

Japan’s Isuzu is preparing to set loose an updated version of the MU-X SUV, which follows on from its updated D-Max that recently landed in Australia.

A very brief teaser video with scant visual hints has been posted to Isuzu’s Thai social media. Thailand is where the D-Max and MU-X are built for Australia, but it’s what’s under the skin that should prove the biggest draw for buyers.

Some painstaking Photoshop work by Philippines-based Visor has resulted in a relatively clear look at the teaser car.

A quite radical redesign seems to be on the cards for the MU-X’s front fascia, with a larger grill, more ‘road-going’ SUV styling and what appears to be a new set of headlights.

The two horizontal slats in the grille remain, though the teaser shows what could be a new variant via an ‘RS’ badge.

The seven-seat SUV should follow its D-Max ute cousin when it comes to the tech and feature updates.

Current Isuzu MU-X
Current Isuzu MU-X

The facelifted D-Max, which launched in Australia within the last couple of months, was treated to a new 8.0- or 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, paired with a new driver display.

Don’t expect much in the way of mechanical changes for the MU-X, though. The D-Max retained its 1.9-litre  four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (with 110kW and 350Nm), and its larger 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four (140kW and 450Nm).

The same engines are also used in the MU-X currently, all paired to a six-speed automatic transmission regardless of engine or whether you choose two- or four-wheel drive.

Expect to see the MU-X show up in the first half of 2025, though more detail should be forthcoming over the next few weeks to months.

Chris Thompson
Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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