All-New Isuzu MU-X

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Isuzu has introduced the ALL-New Isuzu  MU-X. The Isuzu MU-X is a family-sized SUV that prepares the family for the dual purposes of weekday transport and weekend adventure. All-New Isuzu MU-X has you  covered for both.
Enjoy a passenger car-like  driving experience you have come to expect from today’s modern SUV’s, but with  a bulletproof 4WD drivetrain mated to one of the world’s most robust diesel  engines, the All-New Isuzu MU-X will also deliver you the opportunity to test  your off-road ability like never before.

Isuzu MU-X side

Exterior Design Styling
Borrowing styling cues from its  D-MAX cousin, the All-New Isuzu MU-X strikes a commanding stance thanks to its  wedge-shaped facia and muscular flared wheel arches. Flowing lines create a  balanced profile that is at home in the city as it is the bush. Available in  three different spec levels, there’s an Isuzu MU-X that not only looks the  part, but is appropriately designed with all the features required to suit any  driving purpose.
Real-World Performance
Behind the style, there’s plenty  of substance. With 3 tonne towing (braked) available on both 4×2 and 4×4  variants, the All-New Isuzu MU-X never knocks back hard work. Be it towing a  boat, caravan, horse float or trailer, the MU-X does it effortlessly and with  confidence – thanks to the ingenious Isuzu technology and Japanese engineering  under the bonnet.
The 3.0L Isuzu  4JJ1-TC Hi-Power diesel engine delivers 130kW of power and 380Nm  of torque. A high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system makes the most of  every drop of fuel, and the intercooled VGS (Variable Geometry System)  turbocharger provides excellent response over the engine’s entire rev range.

Isuzu MU-X front

Proven in a range of testing environments, each component of the MU-X’s engine  has been crafted to reduce fuel consumption and emissions as well as decrease  wear and maintenance to ensure years of trouble-free motoring.
The MU-X’s automatic transmission  with sequential sports mode is electronically controlled by the transmission  control module (TCM) and features an adaptive-learning function which  constantly monitors brake and throttle applications. This allows the  transmission to automatically select the most appropriate shift points and  lock-up points depending on the driver’s behaviour, the vehicle speed and the  vehicle load. The auto also has ‘Hill Descent’ and ‘Hill-Ascent’ modes.
Exceptional Fuel Economy
From one of the world’s leading  manufacturers of diesel technology, the impressive Isuzu 3.0 litre turbo-diesel  engine that powers the All-New Isuzu MU-X is as frugal as it is athletic.  Delivering plenty of power and torque, this stirring powerplant produces  equally amazing fuel economy of just 8.2* litres per 100 km. * Combined ADR 81/02 Fuel  Consumption Value 4×2 LS-M & LS-U Automatic
The All-New Isuzu MU-X is a  stickler on fuel thanks to three core engine characteristics – low down torque  from 1,800rpm through to 2,800rpm provides optimum performance and fuel  efficiency, while the MU-X’s Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger alters  the direction of exhaust flow to optimise turbine response at low engine rpm to  overcome ‘turbo lag’. Overseeing the fuel delivery is the MU-X’s Common-rail  High Pressure Fuel System which uses the latest in fuel injector and high  pressure fuel rail technology to effectively minimise the amount of fuel in the  combustion process, providing superior fuel economy.
In addition, automatic versions  of the MU-X also benefit from the intelligent ‘grade-logic’ transmission which  keeps the MU-X in the correct gear preventing over-revving and unnecessary fuel  burn.
Serious Off Road Ability
The All-New Isuzu MU-X delivers  real-world off road capability.
All 4×4 MU-X versions are fitted  with the rugged off-road protection you need when roughing it. There’s a front  steel plate skid/splash shield as well as steel plate guards to protect the  sump and transfer case. Add to this a tried and tested 4×4 drivetrain managed  by an intelligent Traction Control System (TCS) with Electronic Stability  Control (ESC), along with substantial 230mm ground-clearance*, and generous 30.1°  approach and 25.1° departure angles*. *LS-U &  LS-T models
In addition, clever engineering  ensures there are no low-slung components – the front lower control arms don’t  hang too low, and the air intake is hidden within the front fender. In the  engine bay, the ECU isn’t exposed, and the alternator sits up nice and high.  Basically, these features mean that Isuzu have protected all the vulnerable  parts and a bit of mud isn’t going to seize your alternator.
All 4×4 MU-X models are also equipped  with Isuzu’s super-easy to use “Terrain command” 4WD select dial  (2-high, 4-high and 4-low range) and auto versions are fitted with hill-ascent  and descent control.
Amazing Space & Comfort

Isuzu MU-X dash

Cloaked behind the sleek exterior  lines of the All-New Isuzu MU-X lies a smartly designed interior that creates a  wealth of space for all of the family – and then some. There’s room for a team  of seven to travel safely, securely and in comfort. Wide door arches make  access for all passengers a breeze, and when exploring your sense of adventure  off road, there’s strategically placed assist grips to help keep you grounded.
A new seat design with  ‘wrap-around’ bolsters provide increased shoulder, back and base support  delivering more comfort for occupants and all seats in all MU-X models have  adjustable headrests. Clever split/fold rear seats in both the second and third  rows mean that no matter what seating configuration you choose, the versatile  interior will provide plenty of head, leg and shoulder room.
Smooth Ride  & Handling
Car-like ride and handling both  on and off road is provided by a new suspension geometry custom designed for  the MU-X. Front independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs, gas  shocks and stabiliser bar allows the driver positive feedback and steering  control regardless of the terrain underfoot, and a rear five-link  suspension configuration also with coil  springs, stabiliser bar and gas shocks provide superior stability when traversing  off road or towing.
Designed for Family
A premium audio system with 6  speakers, iPod® and Bluetooth® phone connectivity is standard across the MU-X  range, while the top of the range LS-T provides an unparalleled entertainment  experience with Isuzu’s “Sky Sound” roof-mounted sound system and 10”  DVD monitor for rear seat passengers. Along with Bluetooth® audio streaming,  the LS-T also features a touch-screen satellite navigation system with live  traffic updates and over 10,000 off-road destinations.
In addition to the fun there’s  also a practical side to the All-New MU-X’s interior. There’s an abundance of  clever storage compartments and with the second and third row seats ability to  fold down, there’s also an overly generous cargo area. Oh and did we mention cup  holders? – the design engineers have managed to fit 14 of them in to ensure  refreshments are always at hand!

Isuzu MU-X seats

Perfect for Fleet
The newly developed ladder frame  chassis in the All-New Isuzu MU-X ensures long term durability when exposed to harsh  driving environments – making it ideal for heavy-duty fleet applications.   Flat-fold seating creates a cargo space for the biggest of loads and with  competitive pricing, low maintenance costs and outstanding fuel economy, the  Isuzu MU-X presents cost-conscious businesses with a smart alternative when it  comes to satisfying their fleet requirements. The ultra-reliable 3.0L Isuzu  turbo-diesel engine completes business case ensuring downtime becomes a thing  of the past.
Safe & Secure
Safety is our priority. And to  ensure this, the All-New MU-X is fitted with the latest in sophisticated safety  features. Built around a high-tensile steel passenger safety cell with  side-intrusion bars, the MU-X carries comprehensive crash avoidance electronics  including 4-channel 4-sensor ABS (Anti-skid Brake System) with EBD (Electronic  Brakeforce Distribution) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as well as Electronic  Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Four-wheel disc  brakes (Front 300mm ventilated front disc with twin piston callipers & 318mm  rear disc with single piston calliper) provide the MU-X with surefooted  stopping power in any conditions. Additional protection and peace of mind is supplied  with six airbags (dual front, curtain and side) in all model variants. Certain  MU-X models are fitted with a reverse camera and rear park assist sensors to  ensure driveway safety.
Peace of Mind
For the ultimate peace of mind,  every Isuzu MU-X comes with a 5 year/130,000km* New Vehicle Warranty.  Isuzu has built a solid reputation of reliability & durability over many  generations of vehicles and the Isuzu MU-X will uphold this tradition. This factory  warranty is complimentary with every new vehicle and it can be transferred to  the next owner which helps to help keep a high resale value.
Each Isuzu MU-X also comes  standard with the ultimate in vehicle protection – 5 years Platinum Roadside  Assistance. This complimentary service offers a wide range of benefits to MU-X  owners.
*Whichever occurs first, excludes accessories and trays. For  eligible customers only.
Model Variants
The All-New Isuzu MU-X is offered  in three versatile model variants in both 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains  – so there’s a vehicle to suit all purposes,  be it for the daily grind or family fun. The entry-level LS-M with colour-coded  mirrors and gunmetal grey grille is perfectly suited to those looking for a  no-nonsense, all-purpose SUV. While stylish enough for city streets, the LS-M rides  on 16” alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres making it right at home on a  worksite or farm.
The mid-spec LS-U is the family  all-rounder. Still tough enough for any job, the LS-U introduces more of the  mod-cons expected from a family SUV, making it the ideal choice for those who  work hard during the week but want to get away from it all when Friday  afternoon rolls around. LS-U exterior styling additions include 17” alloy  wheels, fog lights, chrome grille and mirrors, and aluminium side-steps.
And the range topping LS-T takes  the comfort and convenience levels up another notch. With standard features  like a leather-appointed interior, climate control air conditioning,  touch-screen navigation system with reverse camera and roof-mounted DVD  entertainment system, every journey will not only be comfortable, but a fun one  too.      All Isuzu MU-X models are fitted with Rear  Park Assist (RPA).

Isuzu MU-X rear

Isuzu MU-X Pricing
Description Trans RRP*
(inc. GST)
4 x    2 LS-M auto $40,500
4 x    2 LS-U auto $42,000
4 x    4 LS-M man $45,600
4 x    4 LS-M auto $47,800
4 x    4 LS-U man $47,100
4 x    4 LS-U auto $49,300
4 x    4 LS-T auto $53,500
Isuzu MU-X Technical  Specifications
Series Isuzu 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power
Description 3.0 litre turbo-diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve
Maximum torque 380 Nm @ 1800→2800 rpm (automatic and manual)
Maximum power 130 kW @ 3600 rpm
Bore x stroke 95.4 mm x 104.9 mm
Displacement 2999 cc
Compression ratio 17.3 : 1
Cylinder head Isuzu-patent special aluminium alloy with double-walled water jacketing
Valve gear Chain-driven dual overhead camshafts, roller rockers, 4 valves/cylinder
Induction Electronic high pressure common rail direct fuel injection with VSS  (Variable Swirl System) & intercooled VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbo  charger
Cylinder block Cast iron upper with induction-hardened cylinder bores, cast alloy  lower; special pistons with nickel composite oil rings
Emission level Euro 4
Alternator 120 amp
Manual Isuzu 5-speed manual  with high torque capacity & output reduction 265mm diameter clutch plate
Automatic Aisin AW TB50-LS 5-speed with sequential shift &    brake shift lock electronically controlled, tri-mode with Adaptive Grade    Logic & fuel-saving lock-up torque converter on gears 2, 3, 4 & 5
Adaptive Grade Logic Control: holds gear 3 in    varied-gradient ascents, selects 3 on steep descents to hold speed with    engine braking
Hill-ascent & Hill descent control
5-speed    Automatic
Final drive
Snorkelled diff  breathers to increase fording depth & reduce mud blockage
Transfer gearing
4×4 low    range
4×4 high    range
4×4 system “Terrain Command” control with ‘shift on the fly’
2-high↔4-high selection at up to 100km/h
Drivetrain system TCS (Traction Control  System) & ESC (Electronic Stability Control) on all model variants
Frame Full-length  heavy-duty ladder construction
Suspension: front Independent, high  ride, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, upper & lower wishbones,  stabiliser bar
Suspension: rear Multi-link coil  suspension, gas shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Front Independent. 4×4:  fully floating with outer CV & inner double offset joints. Equal length  driveshafts. GAW Rating: 1350kg
Rear Rigid semi-floating  banjo with hypoid final drive. Dual tapered roller bearings. GAW Rating: 1600kg
Steering Engine-speed-sensitive  variable capacity power-assisted rack & pinion system; 3.2 turns  lock-to-lock via tilt-adjustable steering wheel
Brakes Power-assisted via 10.5″ servo unit; 300mm ventilated front  discs with twin-pot calipers, 318mm rear disc brakes
Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce  Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Central pull up park brake
Wheels & Tyres
LS-M 16″x 7″  alloy; 245 / 70 R16 AT
LS-U, LS-T 17″x 7″  alloy; 255 / 65 R17 HT
(Alloy full size spare wheel on LS-U/LS-T)
5 year / 130,000km New Vehicle Warranty*, for eligible customers;  plus  5 year Platinum Roadside Assistance.

*Whichever  occurs first, excludes accessories and trays.
All-New Isuzu MU-X Exterior Dimensions & Load Area
Exterior 4×2 models 4×4 models
Dimensions (mm) LS-M LS-U LS-M LS-U LS-T
Wheelbase 2845 2845 2845 2845 2845
Overall length 4825 4825 4825 4825 4825
Overall width (excl.door mirrors) 1860 1860 1860 1860 1860
Overall height 1825 1830 1825 1830 1860
Front overhang 905 905 905 905 905
Front / Rear track 1507 1507 1507 1507 1507
Ground clearance – minimum 220 230 220 230 230
Turning circle diameter between kerbs (metres) 11.6 11.6 11.6 11.6 11.6
Approach angle 29.4° 30° 29.4° 30° 30°
Departure angle 24.4° 25.1° 24.4° 25.1° 25.1°
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 65 65 65 65 65
Leg room – front 1106 1106 1106 1106 1106
Leg room – 2nd 915 915 915 915 915
Leg room – 3rd 815 815 815 815 815
Shoulder room – front 1458 1458 1458 1458 1458
Head room – front 1009 1009 1009 1009 1009
Mass (kg)
Tare Mass (^AT models additional 15kg) 1900 1940 1985^ 2025^ 2060
Gross Vehicle Mass 2650 2650 2750 2750 2750
Gross Combination Mass 5650 5650 5750 5750 5750
Maximum Towing Mass (Braked Trailer) 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000
Maximum Towing Mass (Non-Braked Trailer) 750 750 750 750 750
Maximum Tow Ball Mass load 300 300 300 300 300
RF10 ADR 81/02 Fuel Consumption Values 4×2 models 4×4 models
Urban (L/100km) 10.5 10.5 10.8/10.7 10.8/10.7 10.7
Extra Urban 6.9 6.9 7.0/7.1 7.0/7.1 7.1
Combined 8.2 8.2 8.4 8.4 8.4
CO2 Urban (g/km) 277 277 285/283 285/283 283
CO2 Extra Urban 183 183 184/188 184/188 188
CO2 Combined 217 217 221/223 221/223 223
About Rob Fraser 873 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.

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