The Isuzu mu-X SUV has been on sale in South Africa since 2018 and already, the Japanese marque is introducing a refreshed model for the 2020 model year.
On the outside, the refreshed mu-X boasts a bolder radiator grille design, complemented by a restyled front bumper incorporating colour coding for the upper section and a contrasting gloss black finish for the lower portion, as well as for the fog lamp bezels.
The LED daytime running lights, as well as bi-LED projector headlights, remain standard.
The rear has been reworked and now features a colour-coded upper section for the rear bumper, gloss back treatment for the lower trim, two-tone silver and black roof rails, as well as new tail light clusters with a combination of chrome and gloss black finishes.
There are new 18-inch gloss black diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Inside, Isuzu has made few tweaks such as the addition of piano black finishes for the door switch bezels and trim panels, gear shift surround as well as the centre stack for the infotainment system and climate control.
Additionally, the switches located on the leather-trimmed steering wheel for the audio system, phone functions and cruise control are picked out in black with a silver garnish, while ambient lighting has been introduced in the door trims.
It is still seven-seats big and all seats come in leather trim as standard with the driver’s seat offering six-way electric adjustment.
A multi-function infotainment unit is standard on the mu-X. It boasts an eight-inch colour touchscreen display that provides Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
For an additional fee, Isuzu offers a nine-inch colour touchscreen that offers added features which include access to the embedded satellite navigation and audio systems.
Front and rear USB slots are provided, in conjunction with an auxiliary iPod input and HDMI port.
On the safety front, a new addition to the mu-X is the Brake Override System, derived from the D-MAX.
There are active safety features including Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist, along with Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control which can be engaged in low range 4×4 mode.
Passive safety equipment comprises dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, linked to front seat pre-tensioner seatbelts, plus a high tensile steel passenger safety cell that offers outstanding strength and rigidity.
Power comes from the familiar 3.0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel engine that produces 130 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which includes a sequential sport mode.
The mu-X comes with a 3-ton towing capacity as well as an optional mechanical diff-lock for the 4×4 and 4×2 models, audible parking sensors, a storage box located beneath the luggage compartment, a tow bar, bonnet guard, weather guard kit for the windows, front spoiler set and rear bumper scuff plate.
Accordingly, the Isuzu mu-X comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km/12 months.
Extended cover can also be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans through Isuzu Mobility.
|Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4X2 6AT||R 630,400.00|
|Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4×4 6AT||R 698,200.00|
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