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Isuzu D-Max and MU-X 2018 pricing and specs confirmed

The new Isuzu D-Max range carries over its 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that generates 130kW of power and 430Nm of torque.

Isuzu Ute Australia has once again updated its D-Max and MU-X range, with a handful of performance, safety and aesthetic upgrades, as well as a brand new variant to top the one-tonne pick-up line-up.

The LS-T crew cab ute, available in both 4x2 and 4x4 guises, now headlines the D-Max range, checking in at $46,900 before on-road costs and $54,700 respectively.

Borrowing from the flagship MU-X, the D-Max LS-T is distinguished from its siblings by unique 18-inch wheels with ‘Highway-Terrain’ tyres, satellite navigation and roof rails.

All D-Max variants are now equipped with a rear bumper and a reversing camera as standard. All D-Max variants are now equipped with a rear bumper and a reversing camera as standard.

A ‘Passive Entry and Start System’ (PESS) is also featured, though it is only available on the 4x4 model.

The cabin finishes have been revised too, now with genuine perforated leather on body contact areas, polyurethane leatherette on the hard wearing bolsters and rests, and soft-touch leatherette on the dash, glovebox and armrests.

As with the entire MU-X range and the D-Max LS-M and LS-U grades, the new LS-T features chrome-finished door handles, and gloss black air vents and window switches, as well as two new 2.1-amp USB charge points.

To improve ride, comfort and handling, SX, LS-U and LS-T crew cab ute variants have received a new three-span leaf spring set-up which “has proven to not compromise the payload capacity versus the 17MY five leaf spring set-up”, according to Isuzu.

Isuzu engineers have also adjusted the gross vehicle mass (GVM) capacity of the entire D-Max range, up to 2950kg on 4x2 models and to 3050kg on 4x4 models. The improved GVM has in turn increased payload capacity by 100kg across the board.

Excluding the D-Max 4x2 low-ride SX single cab chassis manual, all 2018 D-Max and MU-X variants are now equipped with ‘Trailer Sway Control’ (TSC) which monitors trailer movement and modulates throttle and brake inputs to individual wheels – helping to bring the towed trailer under control if “unsolicited sway” is detected.

Further aiding in safety, all D-Max variants are now equipped with a rear bumper and a reversing camera as standard, however both can be deleted on cab chassis models by customer request.

Isuzu's capped priced servicing program has also been improved, now set at five years/75,000km instead of five years/50,000km.

'Magnetic Red Mica' is now also available on the MU-X.
'Magnetic Red Mica' is now also available on the MU-X.

Finally, a selection of new colours will be available for the 2018 D-Max including 'Cobalt Blue Mica', 'Graphite Grey Metallic' and 'Magnetic Red Mica'. The latter is now also available on the MU-X.

Pricing for both the D-Max and MU-X has been adjusted, with price hikes between $100 and $800 for the D-Max, and an increase of $100 across the MU-X range.

The entry-level D-Max, the 4x2 SX single cab chassis manual starts at $28,600, with the new range-topping LS-T commanding a $54,700 price tag.

The MU-X range kicks off with the 4x2 LS-M which starts at $42,900, and the top-dog LS-T is available at $56,200.

Powering the Isuzu pair is a 130kW/430Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel that is mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

The 2018 Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X will be on sale nationally from the first of May.

Which best suits your needs, the MU-X seven-seat SUV or the D-Max ute? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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