2014 Isuzu MU-X: Price, Features And Models For Australia's Newest SUV

TMR Team | Oct 31, 2013

2014 ISUZU MUX AUSTRALIA

Its coming may have been one of this year's worst-kept secrets, but Isuzu's new MU-X SUV is at last out in the open, and officially.

Based on the D-Max pickup, the MU-X is the latest new model to emerge from the collaborative project that also spawned Holden's Colorado utility and SUV twins.

The new Isuzu shares only its bonnet and front doors with the Colorado 7. Styling front and rear is heavily revised, there is a dominant rising crease running through to the tail-lights, bolder guards and, below, a completely new five-link rear-end layout.

Unveiling the MU-X today in Thailand, Isuzu has also confirmed Australian details and pricing: the range is set to kick off at $40,500. But those getting in early may be pleasantly surprised.

Speaking with TMR today, Isuzu Ute Australia's Dave Harding confirmed the MU-X will be offered with "very special" drive-away pricing to win buyers.

Mechanical Package

The MU-X is powered by the same 3.0 litre HiPower diesel engine that drives the D-Max pickup, producing 130kW and 380Nm of torque - the latter between 1800 and 2800rpm.

It's a proven understressed unit with stainless steel timing-chain and a very wide, flat torque curve for lazy driving.

Depending on the model, the MU-X can be had with either a five-speed manual or Aisin five-speed auto.

Combined-cycle fuel consumption for the 3.0 litre turbodiesel is rated at 8.2 l/100km for the 4x2 automatic models, and 8.4 l/100km for the 4x4 models in both manual and automatic form.

Isuzu's new SUV is built on a full-length ladder chassis architecture, with an independent double wishbone and coil spring setup at the front, and a five-link arrangement at the rear.

Models equipped with 4x4 get an intelligent Traction Control system with Electronic Stability Control, and also benefit from 230mm ground clearance with 30.1 degree approach and 25.1 departure angles.

The MU-X also gets the D-Max's Terrain Command 4WD select dial, allowing the driver to adjust between two-and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h. Auto versions are fitted with hill-ascent and descent control.

Braked towing capacity is rated at 3000kg across all models, and unbraked is rated at 750kg. Maximum down-ball load is rated at 300kg.

Features

Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, colour-coded mirrors and gunmetal grey grille, along with six-speaker audio with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.

The mid-spec LS-U adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, chrome grille and mirrors, and aluminium side steps.

In top-spec LS-T form, there's satellite navigation with live traffic updates, and a 10-inch DVD display for rear passengers, along with leather-accented trim and climate control air-conditioning.

Safety features for all models includes ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and four-wheel disc brakes (300mm ventilated front with twin-piston caliper, 318mm solid rear with single piston).

There are six airbags on-board in all models, including dual front, curtain and side airbags. All Isuzu MU-X models are fitted with Rear Park Assist; the up-spec LS-T also gets a reversing camera.

PRICING (excludes on-road costs)

The Isuzu MU-X comes with a 5 year/130,000km New Vehicle Warranty.

  • MU-X 4x2 LS-M auto - $40,500
  • MU-X 4x2 LS-U auto - $42,000
  • MU-X 4x4 LS-M man - $45,600
  • MU-X 4x4 LS-M auto - $47,800
  • MU-X 4x4 LS-U man - $47,100
  • MU-X 4x4 LS-U auto - $49,300
  • MU-X 4x4 LS-T auto - $53,500

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  • cyclone says,
    11 months ago
    2 likes
    An Isuzu ute dealer is the last place you'd look to buy an SUV. They'll need more than good pricing to make sure the buyers know that
    • barra240t says,
      11 months ago
      3 likes
      You are right, these types of people are usually reading camping mags, 4x4 mags, looking on the net. This will sell well.
  • Tocam says,
    11 months ago
    3 likes
    Ford needs to fast track the Ranger SUV, and Toyota needs to bring in their Asia-only Fortuner, which sells really well in Asia.

    • Bernard says,
      11 months ago
      2 likes
      Asia only? The Fortuner is for sale in South Africa, possibly elsewhere too.
  • Matt Noiri says,
    11 months ago
    1 like
    i personally think it looks great
  • Redline says,
    11 months ago
    1 like
    The Izuzu Ute is an excellent vehicle. But as with the awkward looking Colorado, Izuzu haven't yet mastered the art of designing a rear for a ute that compliments the rest of the vehicle. They could take a few cues from the Ford Territory.
  • The Truth Fairy says,
    11 months ago
    Braked towing capacity is rated at 3000kg across all models,
    Wrong, the 4X2 are rated at 2,500Kg as are the 4X2 ute's.

    I will be lining up for one.
    • Pete says,
      11 months ago
      1 like
      Truth Fairy - sorry mate you are wrong. All MU-X models (both 4x2 & 4x4) will be 3t rated.
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      11 months ago
      2 likes
      Yes, direct from Isuzu's press kit and specs file: "3 tonne towing (braked) available on both 4x2 and 4x4 variants".

  • John says,
    9 months ago
    The only priced advertising from Isuzu is for the 4X4 manual starting @$40999
  • stewjude says,
    9 months ago
    2 likes
    I'm interested but will hang off for a few months to see how they go in Australian conditions.
  • tito medenilla says,
    6 months ago
    3 likes
    when will be available in the Philippines the isuzu mu-x?
    smile
  • colin holder. says,
    6 months ago
    Have just bought my second Isuzu, it is thelsm four by two,bought a d max two wheel drive in 2008 totally love my d max , hears hoping the mux is as good or even better cheers col .
    • Monica says,
      5 months ago
      Travelling from melb to Perth towing pop top jayco discovery fuel consumption 6.1 km per litre.
  • neil brodie says,
    5 months ago
    Could be interested in top of the range Diesel Suv,

    Would have a 2010 LX Captiva 7 to trade 62,000 kms
    reg aug, with bull bar, driving lights, side steps
    ex order
  • Greg Cooney says,
    5 months ago
    Is the $1000 gift card available with the mux LST?
  • Brad Parkes says,
    2 months ago
    Please tell us the fuel tank capacity so we may work out its range and enter the competition to HOPEFULLY win one?

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