Middle of the range, but not middle of the road, the LS-U costs $45,100 for a six-speed auto 4x2, $50,300 for a six-speed manual 4x4 and $52,400 for a six-speed auto 4x4. Prices have generally risen about $1000 across the range from the previous MU-X (MY16.5).

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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Standard features on the LS-U variants include the new eight-inch touchscreen entertainment system with USB and Bluetooth streaming, sat nav and reversing camera, rear parking sensors, Bi-LED projector headlights, chrome grille, aluminium sidesteps, tinted rear windows, keyless entry, new design fog lights, hill descent control, climate control, power windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, carpet flooring and 18-inch alloy wheels. It does miss out on the upper grade LS-T's second-row DVD player, roof rails and other standard features for that variant.

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-U's braked towing capacity is 3000kg.