Isuzu Ute brings the updated Isuzu MU-X SUV to Australia…
Australia has proven a massive success for the hardworking team at Isuzu Ute and this updated MU-X looks set to continue pushing sales skyward.
It’s nearly four years since I traveled over to Thailand to check out the Isuzu SUV on the model’s international launch, I remember at the time feeling that the MU-X was going to be a popular choice back home.
So, what does the Isuzu MU-X welcome in this latest update? Well, Isuzu tell us the changes have all been based on local feedback and include:
- Updated front styling with new Bi-LED headlights
- Updated LED taillights
- Improved cabin sound deadening
- Tweaked suspension and steering feel
- Addition of soft touch materials/coverings in the cabin
- New interior highlights such as alloy and chrome
- Updated alloy wheel designs
- A new paint colour - Havana Brown (shown below)
While total cost of ownership numbers for the Isuzu have also been helped with the recent addition of a five-year warranty, five-year roadside assist, and five-year capped price servicing.
The updated Isuzu MU-X is now more people-friendly.
The interior ‘soften up’ is very much welcome and helps make the Isuzu product a more enjoyable vehicle to travel in, especially over longer distances.
The softer arm-rests are a great addition - significantly lifting comfort and the overall feel.
While the MU-X cabin, overall, is quieter and this is especially noted in regards to wind noise and other external noises.
You can still hear the diesel engine though, but not at levels that are off-putting.
It still does everything competently - road manners, fuel economy, adaptability, cabin space, towing capacity, features etc.
But it shines with five-star safety, the improved after-sales policies and fair pricing.
I would take a mark or two off the Isuzu product, as I have done every time I have driven it, for the storage box behind the third-row seat.
This always seems to stand out and show that the seats don’t quite fold into the floor.
As we have also covered many times before, the Isuzu MU-X sits comfortably between the ‘softer’ seven-seat offerings like the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger, and then the larger Toyota Prado‘s and the like.
The MU-X also provides a genuine and sensible alternative to buying a dual-cab ute.
Boasting the same towing capacity and off-road ability (4×4 version) as most pick-ups/utes, the SUV gives you the two extra seats and a proper enclosed cargo area.
Well-priced, competent, comfortable enough for the family and tough enough for the rough stuff, the Isuzu MU-X now makes an even more compelling argument as one of the most versatile vehicles available in 2017.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Isuzu MU-X
Engine: 3.0 litre turbo-diesel producing 130kW/430Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Price: from $42,800
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