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New Isuzu MU-X Onyx Edition 2020 coming soon? Special edition for D-Max-based SUV trademarked in Australia

Will the Isuzu MU-X get an Onyx special edition?

Isuzu has trademarked the "Onyx Edition" name in Australia, suggesting its MU-X SUV could be about the get a new special edition.

First revealed in Thailand, the Onyx brings new exterior styling and an updated interior to the seven-seat MU-X, including new front and rear bumpers, piano-black grille treatment, and black wheelarch guards.

Inside, the Onyx adds black dashboard trim, as well as an auto-dimming rear vision mirror, built-in dash camera, ambient interior lighting and “cool max cushion” seats that are supposed to improve airflow. There are no expected changes for the MU-X's engine outputs, with the 3.0-litre diesel engine still producing 130kW and 430Nm.

While Isuzu's local representatives wouldn't be drawn on future product plans, the brand applied to trademark the Onyx Edition nameplate with the Australian government's Intellectual Property office on March 13. 

While a trademark application is no guarantee a vehicle will launch in Australia, the filing does at least point to a special-edition send-off for the brand's popular SUV.

With the all-new D-Max expected to launch in Australia this year, an all-new MU-X (this time based on the new ute's platform) is expeted to follow some time afterwards.