The LS-U is the mid-spec MU-X and costs $45,200 (in auto 4x2 guise), $50,400 (in manual 4x4) and $52,500 (in auto 4x4). All are seven-seater SUVs.

All 2018 MU-X variants have a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (130kW at 3600rpm and 430Nm from 2000-2200rpm) matched to a six-speed manual or auto.

Standard features include 8.0-inch touchscreen with USB and Bluetooth streaming, reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors, dark grey cloth seats, Bi-LED projector headlights, keyless entry, colour-coded side mirrors, hill descent control, trailer sway control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, carpet floor and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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

The LS-U's braked towing capacity is 3000kg. Ground clearance is 230mm.