Published on May 24th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin0
Australian-spec Isuzu MU-X Unveiled Ahead Of Local Debut
The MU-X headed to Oz looks to be much the same as its Thai-spec brethren launched last year.
Isuzu Ute Australia has recently teased the imminent arrival of the second-generation MU-X over there.
The full specifications of this Oz-spec three-row SUV has yet to be fully revealed, but what has been touted is that this Australian iteration is to be an evolution of its recently launched Thai-spec brethren. Looking at the official pictures on the Australian expression of interest website for the MU-X however, this new SUV that is based on the all-new D-Max doesn’t look to deviate much from the ones currently sold in Thailand.
Kicking things off with the tech highlights of this new Aussie MU-X first, the full-suite of Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System advanced safety tech (like what is to be found in the new D-Max) is set to be the star selling point with this three-row SUV. Higher-spec variants too are expected to feature some premium additions like bi-LED headlights with DRLs and snazzy 20-inch alloy wheels.
Moving on inside meanwhile, a 9.0-inch central infotainment touchscreen, wireless smartphone mirroring for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as a powered tailgate which can be operated by remote control has been touted to make an appearance within the MU-X. Though all of these features are most likely only be limited to the higher-tier variants.
What is standard across the Aussie range however will be the sole option of a Isuzu’s 3.0-litre turbodiesel four pot under the hood, unlike in Thailand where the D-Max’s 1.9-litre Bluepower mill is also available. As for transmission choices, Aussie MU-X buyers should be able to choose between a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, which will be sending power to mainly the rear wheels, with the option of all-wheel drive (that brings with it a rear differential lock) most likely being available too on selected variants.
In terms of further lineup details and prices, Isuzu is still remaining mum on this subject until its local launch over there, which many predict will be within the next three months. To any Australians interested in ordering one of these new three-row SUVs right now however, the link to the registration of interest page can be found here.
Now when pressed regarding further details about this Aussie-spec SUV, Isuzu UTE Australia Managing Director, Hiroyasu Sato, said: “While it’s too early to reveal all the details, I’m proud to share that we’ve been working hard to ensure that our all-new MU-X combines the latest technology and design with the proven formula of durability and reliability that Australian motorists have come to expect from Isuzu over the years”.
To further incentivise prospective buyers in putting down an order though, the first 1,500 registered purchases of the new MU-X over there will be receiving a limited-edition Isuzu UTE branded Casio G-Shock watch. Seeing how its pickup sibling has a four-month waiting list in Australia however, it is perhaps highly unlikely that buyers over there needs to be further incentivised into purchasing this SUV.