Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has officially introduced the long-awaited second-generation Isuzu mu-X. The model is based on the upcoming Isuzu D-MAX bakkie and the introduction of the new mu-X follows the success of the outgoing model which led to the segment leader in Australia for seven years.
The second-generation mu-X has bold new styling, a larger and quieter cabin, luxurious materials and next-generation driver assistance and safety features.
The SUV is aimed at growing families who need a seven-seater to fits all their lifestyle needs. Comfort and confidence is offered for up to seven adults with a cabin that is the largest in the segment. New safety and driver assistance features further make driving long distances a breeze.
The new mu-X is one of the safest vehicles on the road with a 5-star ANCAP rating. The safety rating is driven by Isuzu’s innovative safety systems such as the addition of a centre airbag between the driver and the front passenger, a world-first for the segment.
The mu-X also benefits from the use of high tensile steel in key parts of the body structure, making it stronger for better occupant protection and driving performance while being lighter than the outgoing model.
The mu-X will arrive in South Africa with a new version of Isuzu’s formidable 3-litre engine mated to a fast-shifting 6-speed automatic gearbox. Isuzu engineers paid attention to the engine’s performance in three key areas, namely fuel consumption, power, and engine noise. The power is now 140 kW.
Its bold new look
Viewed from the front, the mu-X communicates precision and solid build quality evidenced by the execution of the new “World Crossflow” front grille and intricate detail of the arrow-shaped Bi-LED headlamps.
The headlamps follow an arrow signature design motif with long sharp outlines which further add to the overall high-quality upmarket appearance, while the side profile of the mu-X is dominated by a signature line running from front to rear, linking the arrow motif headlamps with the rear light 3D winglets, emphasising the powerful, elegant lines of the body.
The rear end combines an advanced look with an elegant yet solid stance. New tailgate badging harmonises with the new mu-X’s design language and presents a keen and elegant look. The rear lights and indicators are combined in a winglet design.
All three models have new 2-inch alloy wheels fitted to the top of the range ONYX model, LSE models are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, and 17-inch wheels on the LS.
Eight paint colours, including five new colours, are available; Splash White, Dolomite White, ONYX Black, Mercury Silver, Obsidian Gray, Red Spinel, Santos Brown, and Sapphire blue.
A more refined and bigger cabin
The new Isuzu mu-X has an elegant cabin atmosphere with room for seven adults. The three-dimensional layout has a solid and elegant design with rich, fine, impressive materials. Gentle elegant lines are finished with layered soft touch materials, fine and impressive level of craftsmanship which is designed to appeal to all senses.
Mixing multiple materials such as piano black surfaces, chrome highlights, aluminium, and soft leather add further luxury. The luxury atmosphere of the cabin is enhanced at night thanks to the ambient lighting in the door trim and a roof down light.
A new Multi-Information Display (MID) provides easy to use menus that control most of the vehicle’s systems. The speedometer and rev counter faces feature a three-dimensional design. It has a smaller, sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel and the gear selector are shaped to fit comfortably in the driver’s hands. Chrome highlights on centre console controls and door function switches add a solid look and feel to the interior.
Interior noise levels have been reduced through door sealing structure improvement on the A-Pillar surrounding to improve wind noise. In addition, increased body stiffness and additional noise insulation have contributed to considerably lower cabin noise levels.
Next level Infotainment and convenience features
The new mu-X has a new infotainment system has 9 or 7-inch touch screen display depending on the model. The system has intuitive screen functions along with steering wheel mounted controls for audio and telephone functions, including voice input.
Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto are standard applications along with Bluetooth voice and audio streaming, Wi-Fi, integrated mobile handsfree and rear-view camera.
Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS) makes a debut in the technologically packed range topping ONYX model. IDAS is a suite of passive and active safety systems that continuously monitor driving conditions and act autonomously to avoid a crash or minimise accident damage.
IDAS functions through a windshield mounted stereo camera which monitors the road ahead of the vehicle and can detect and recognise vehicles, pedestrian, bicycles, obstacles, lane markings, illustrations, etc.
Model Line-up and pricing
3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×2 LS A/T Price: R 693, 800.00 including VAT
3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×4 LS A/T Price: R771, 600.00 including VAT
3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×2 LSE A/T Price: R 763,300.00 including VAT
3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×4 ONYX A/T Price: R 860, 500.00 including VAT
All models are covered by the Isuzu Complete Care package with class leading warranty of 5 years or 120 000 km.
The new mu-X will be available at Isuzu dealerships nationwide from the first week of December 2021.