2019 D-MAX and MU-X Update Overview
- Improved Service Plus Program 6-6-7 (6 Year Warranty, 6 Years Roadside Assist, 7 Years Capped Price Servicing)
- Refreshed D-MAX exterior
- Refreshed MU-X interior and exterior
- Steering refinement for MU-X range
- Safety options available including Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Front Park Assist
Having recently been awarded two of Australia’s premier Customer Satisfaction Awards by Roy Morgan; the ‘2018 Car Manufacturer of the Year’ and the ‘2018 Best of the Best’ awards, Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has introduced a number of updates to the 19MY D-MAX and MU-X range. These updates are positioned to continue IUA’s growth within Australia’s two most highly-contested segments; the 1-Tonne Ute and Large SUV segments.
Improved Comprehensive Owner Program
IUA has improved the comprehensive Isuzu ownership program, Service Plus 6-6-7; encompassing a 6 Year / 150,000 Kilometre Warranty, 6 Years Roadside Assistance and 7 Year/105,000 Kilometre Capped Price Servicing program.
The 6 Year / 150,000Km Warranty is an evolution and has increased the warranty coverage to cover the majority of typical owners’ mileage of less than 25,000km per year over the course of a typical 6 Year ownership period. In addition there is a comprehensive 6 Years Roadside Assistance program in place.
Through continual refinement of Isuzu motor vehicles, Isuzu engineers have structured a highly competitive 7 Year Capped Price Servicing (CPS) Program for 19MY-onwards vehicles, the longest CPS program currently offered within the 1-tonne Ute and ute-based SUV class. For up to 7 Years of ownership, the total cost of IUA’s capped price service program equates to $3,600.
Isuzu UTE Capped Price Servicing costs (19MY-onwards)
|Interval Months/Km||1 Month
|Cost Inc. GST||$0||$350||$450||$500||$450||$340||$1,110||$400||$3,600|
2019 refreshed Isuzu D-MAX
2017 saw a host of major updates to the D-MAX powertrain (revised Euro-5 compliant 3-litre turbo diesel engine, generating 430Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed transmission), followed swiftly by a myriad of updates again in 2018.
The exterior of the 19MY D-MAX LS-T has been refreshed through the introduction of 18-inch machined-faced matte black aluminium wheels. The new-look wheels are wrapped in 255/60R18 Toyo Open Country Highway Terrain tyres.
Most owners that use the Ute for any serious off road work will replace these with proper AT tyres, usually when they raise the suspension.
Both the LS-U and LS-T get new-look sidesteps made from durable Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and bolted to the robust body with steel brackets. These new sidesteps are engineered to improve routing water away from the face of the step, ensuring optimal levels of grip underfoot.
Other features include:
- The LS-T gets new roof rails, finished in matte black.
- LS-M and LS-U variants have also received a touch of black to the exterior, with all LS models (LS-M, LS-U and LS-T) receiving the matte black treatment to the radiator air intake on the front bumper, as well as the B-Pillars of all 19MY Crew Cab LS models.
- The final new addition to the 19MY D-MAX range is the inclusion of Isuzu’s Passive Entry and Start System (PESS) on the D-MAX LS-T 4×2—a feature previously reserved for the LS-T 4×4 only.
2019 refreshed Isuzu MU-X
Like the D-Max, the MU-X underwent the facelift and powertrain update (revised Euro -5 compliant 3-litre turbo diesel engine, generating 430Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed transmission) introduced in 2017.
Updated features for 2019 include:
Front grille finished in grey and black on LS-M models and in chrome and gloss black on LS-U and LS-T models. The grille has been designed to route airflow to essential engine and cooling components.
LS-U and LS-T models are further enhanced with the introduction of 18-inch machined-faced gloss black aluminium wheels. The new-look wheels are completed with road-biased 255/60R18 Bridgestone Dueler Highway Terrain tyres.
19MY MU-X interior has been further enhanced with piano black trim touches on the doors, complementing the use of the premium finish previously introduced in the 18MY variants on the switches and console trim.
Highlighting the 19MY MU-X LS-T interior refinements is the new ambient interior lighting—illuminating directly from the doors. This LS-T exclusive feature automatically switches on and off with the use of the headlights, located on the indicator stalk.
Unfortunately there is still no automatic high beam, nor an automatic headlight off function when the engine is stopped. And Isuzu has still done nothing about the readability of the centre screen in daylight with the headlights on or in direct sunlight.
MU-X steering has been recalibrated. Tuned with Australian-customer feedback in mind, Isuzu has recalibrated the hydraulic steering rack on all 19MY MU-X variants for a smoother and lighter feel.
Steering inputs at a standstill and at low speeds have been greatly improved, while the tactile steering feedback at medium to high speeds has been retained, giving 19MY MU-X drivers the best of both worlds.
MU-X receives Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert options
IUA is now offering Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) as an optional retrofit accessory on all 17MY, 18MY and on purchase on 19MY-onwards MU-X models.
BSM with RCTA is available as an optional accessory for $955 RRP and can be retrofitted to 17MY-onwards MU-X models.
Front Park Assist option for D-MAX and MU-X
Encompassing safety, confidence and convenience, Isuzu engineers have made Front Park Assist (FPA) available for retrofit on all 17MY-onwards D-MAX LS models and all 17MY-onwards MU-X models.
Utilising a three-stage radar sensor system across the front overhang points of the vehicle, FPA audibly warns the driver of any obstacles while manoeuvring in tight spaces, mitigating the chance of an accident.
FPA is available an optional accessory for $545 RRP and can be retrofitted to 17MY-onwards LS-M, LS-U and LS-T D-MAX and MU-X models.
Pricing and Availability
The 19MY Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X range went on sale nationally from the 1st of May through IUA’s comprehensive network of dealerships. For details visit isuzuute.com.au/dealers