LS-M is the MU-X at its most basic, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It misses out on a fair few trimmings that are included in the upper grades, LS-U and LS-T, but holds its own as an entry-level seven-seater SUV.

All of the MY17 MU-X have the built-for-Australia 130kW/430Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, as well as new manual or auto transmissions bumped up from five- to six-speed.

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Pricing for the 4x2 LS-M, with new six-speed auto, is $42,800; the 4x4 LS-M is $48,000 (new six-speed manual) and $50,100 (auto).

Standard features include the new 7.0-inch touchscreen with USB and Bluetooth streaming (the upper grades get the 8.0-inch), reversing camera and rear park assist sensors, gun-metal grey grille (only on LS-M), Bi-LED projector headlights, keyless entry, colour-coded side mirrors, hill descent control, airconditioning, power windows, carpet floor and 16-inch alloy wheels (the LS-U and LS-T get 18-inch).

The suspension set-up is independent up front, with high-ride coil springs and gas shocks at the front; and multi-link coils at the back end.

The LS-M's braked towing capacity is 3000kg.