The stylish, comfortable and spacious ISUZU mu-X seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) range has been updated and expanded for 2023, making it more appealing than ever. Along with design upgrades that give the mu-X a more upmarket edge, the 3.0-litre line-up has been bolstered with a new four-wheel drive version of the popular high-spec 3.0 LSE, along with a new value-oriented 1.9 LS model for the first time.

“The ISUZU mu-X is renowned for its sleek and modern styling, exceptional comfort, superb performance, advanced technologies and impressive safety. This makes it a fantastic family-oriented vehicle ideally suited to those with active lifestyles,” says Kevin Fouche, Department Executive: Product Planning and Programme Management at ISUZU Motors South Africa.

“We are delighted to be expanding the mu-X range with a four-wheel drive version of the 3.0 LSE to give our customers even greater choice. We previously only offered the LS and range-topping 3.0 Onyx with a 4×4 drivetrain, so the new 3.0 LSE 4×4 will appeal to more customers wishing to head off-road and explore more remote destinations,” Fouche says.

A total of five 3.0-litre mu-X models are now available, comprising the 3.0 LS and 3.0 LSE which can be specified in 4×2 and 4×4 versions, as well as the luxuriously appointed range-topping 3.0 Onyx 4×4 – all of which use ISUZU’s six-speed automatic transmission.

“Along with the broader line-up, we have given the mu-X an even more sophisticated and dynamic appearance on the outside, and introduced several new interior features that add a further touch of class and practicality,” Fouche adds. “We are also launching a stunning new colour to the range called Norwegian Blue, and making privacy glass standard across the entire range to further reinforce the premium look and feel of the mu-X.”

The sleek exterior design of the mu-X now incorporates dark Magnetite finishes for the radiator grille, front and rear bumpers, front fog lamp bezels, roof rails and side steps, replacing the  Tungsten silver and chrome that defined the previous model. The rear combination lamps have also been given a refresh that continues the theme.

Also new to the LS models is the fitment of 18-inch alloy wheels that are shared with the LSE, replacing the 17-inch versions used previously. A matching full-size 18-inch alloy spare wheel is now provided on the LS and LSE in place of steel rims. The alluring Onyx gains even more curb appeal thanks to new 20-inch machined alloy wheels.

Everyday practicality is significantly enhanced on the high-spec LSE and opulent Onyx models with the inclusion of a power tailgate with step sensor integrated into the rear bumper. This gives the owner hands-free access to the rear luggage compartment, which is especially useful when loading shopping bags or luggage. The power tailgate is linked to the Passive Entry Start System (PESS), and can also be operated via a button on the key fob.

Under the skin, the upgraded mu-X receives a harness protector for the rear differential lock on 4×4 models, providing greater protection against damage when tackling challenging off-road terrain.

Adventure-ready 3.0 LSE 4×4 AT

The new four-wheel drive LSE model shares ISUZU’s latest 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with the rest of the range, which develops 140 kW at 3 600 r/min, along with a substantial 450 Nm of torque from 1 600 to 2 600 r/min. An electronically controlled part-time four-wheel drive system allows easy switching between two-wheel drive (2H), 4×4 high range (4H) and 4×4 low range (4L) using a rotary dial on the centre console.

The latest version of Isuzu’s six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the mu-X range. It provides a seamless driving experience, with a standard rear differential lock further aiding traction on slippery surfaces.

Packed with safety and convenience

Standard driver aids across the ISUZU mu-X range, including the LS models, comprise Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS), Brake Override Accelerator (BOA), Hill Start Assist (HAS), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Trailer Sway Control, Cruise Control, as well as front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera.