Is the new MU-X the ultimate all-rounder?
Offered with a uniquely Australian spec, the 2022 Isuzu MU-X combines 3.5-tonne towing with off-road process and family-focused features.
SET to hit the road in its range topping LS-T 4x4 form for $63,990 drive away comes with the latest safety features, a modernised interior, premium technology and a re-engineered 3.0-ltire turbo-diesel powerplant.
Regardless of variant you choose, and there are a few, including the LS-M, LS-U and LS-T in 4x2 and 4x4, each is equipped with new levels of premium features and finishes to embody a comfortable and luxurious experience for up to seven occupants.
The latest on-board technology, including Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, while outside, ruggedness meets elegance, with hard lines and sweeping bodywork evoking a powerful yet sophisticated road presence.
Prioritising safety and convenience, Isuzu's Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS), combines active and passive safety with driver assistance technology.
Headlining the comprehensive suite is eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking with turn assist (featuring pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, to name a few.
2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-T interior
The entire range is powered exclusively by Isuzu's new 4JJ3-TCX, 3-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 140kW and 450Nm, all matched with an intuitive six-speed automatic transmission.
With towing and touring a fundamental requirement in Australia, the new stronger body-on-frame chassis design and heavily-reengineered coil-sprung five-link independent rear suspension affords best-in-class braked towing capacity of 3.5-tonnes.
"Australia is a very competitive new-vehicle market and I'm proud to say that the Australian-spec All-New MU-X was designed with the feedback from Australian motorists," Isuzu Ute Australia's managing director Hiroyasu Sato said.
"After all, Australia is the world's largest market for the MU-X outside of Thailand, and with the significant importance of Aussie customers we've been able to specify our MU-X to better suit their exact and unique requirements," he says.
The unique local tune is the result of a focus on feedback from Australian customers, with owners of the first-generation MU-X given their chance to have their say in what the new version should feature.
2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-U
The entry-level LS-M features an electric park brake with auto-hold, 17-inch alloys, 230mm ground clearance, black trimmed door mirrors and handles, a black and gunmetal grey grille, polyurethane steering wheel and gear selector, high grade cloth trim, a 7.0-inch infotainment system with DAB+ digital radio and 4-speaker audio.
Air-conditioning with rear passenger vents and controls, automatic bi-LED headlights LED daytime running lights with auto-levelling and auto high beam, automatic windshield wipers, LED taillights, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines are also included.
The LS-U adds improved 235mm ground clearance, a tungsten silver grille, 18-inch alloys, carpet floor, an electric driver's seat, leather steering wheel, an interior trimmed with piano black, silver and chrome, and a 9.0-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, and 8-speaker surround sound audio.
Dual-zone air-conditioning is joined by LED fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate with remote entry, roof rails, rear privacy glass, push button start with smart entry and start, and walk away door locking.
The LS-T features the best of everything, including 20-inch machined two-tone alloy wheels with 265/50R20 Bridgestone 684II HT tyres, powered body coloured door mirrors and door handles, a premium leather steering wheel and gear selector, with silver appointments, and quilted leather-accented seven-seat upholstery with quilted leatherette across interior door trims and centre console.
2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-T front seats
Heated front seats, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, with electric adjustable lumbar support, LED ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and tyre pressure monitoring complete an extensive package.
Pricing for the base model LS-M 4x2 starts from $47,900 plus on-roads. All variants are backed by Isuzu Ute's 6-year 150,000km warranty, up to 7-years roadside assist when serviced at dealerships, and 7-years capped price servicing.
The full colour range includes Mineral White, Basalt Black Mica, Mercury Silver Metallic, Obsidian Grey Metallic, Magnetic Red Mica, Cobalt Blue Mica, Jasper Brown Mica and Moonstone White Pearl. The last two are exclusive to the LS-U and LS-T.
This story first published on Exhaust Notes Australia.
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