Isuzu has updated its range of MU-X large SUVs with interior tweaks to improve comfort, while retaining its competitive pricing, and leaving its capable formula unchanged.
The MU-X is one of just two model offerings from the Japanese manufacturer, and is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 variants, with three different trim levels.
At $42,900, the LS-M 4x2 is the cheapest offering, with the range spanning all the way to the $56,200 LS-T 4x4.
Each model is fitted with a turbocharged 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine making 130kW at 3600rpm, and 430Nm at 2000rpm.
This is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox for all variants, with a six-speed manual transmission only available on the LS-U 4x4, for $50,400.
Each 4x4 model is fitted with a control system called Terrain Command that can shift between two- and four-wheel drive on the fly, at up to 100km/h. Low-range gears are also available for off-roading.
Isuzu offers a five-year, 130,000km warranty as standard, accompanied by five years of roadside assistance, and capped price servicing.
The D-Max’s big claim to fame is its class-leading 3000kg braked towing capacity, while each MU-X is fitted with three rows of seating capable of hauling seven occupants around in comfort.
The update doesn’t add any new safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, but the D-Max is fitted with ABS, ESC, traction control, emergency brake assist, trailer sway control, hill start assist, hill descent control, a reversing camera, and six airbags as standard.
Interior tweaks are reserved for the LS-T, which gains leather-trim seats and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat. The LS-T also gains a DVD player for entertaining second- and third-row occupants on longer drives.
The LS-U automatic is available for $45,200 in 4x2 spec, or $52,500 for the automatic 4x4.
Those not needing to tackle off-road trials can pick up the 4x2 LS-T for $48,900, while the LS-M is the cheapest 4x4 of the range at $50,200.
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