Isuzu has finally launched the next-generation MU-X in Thailand, and for those of you who’ve been waiting for the big reveal, get this: Not only has the midsize SUV been given a major overhaul, it’s now also as loaded with more tech than before.
But before we talk tech, let’s check out the exterior first. Here you see a new-look grille with two chrome bars that’s similar to the all-new D-Max’s front clip. It’s flanked by aggressive-looking headlamps highlighted by arrow-shaped DRLs. Actually, if you look at this model side-by-side with its predecessor, you’ll see the resemblance of the front ends.
Completing the fascia is a redesigned front bumper that’s devoid of black plastic claddings. Moving onto the sides, you’ll see new 20-inch alloy wheels (18-inchers come as standard) that add to the vehicle’s macho appeal. Out back, Isuzu has taken out the chrome strip stretching across the width of the vehicle, and also tweaked the taillights. The rear bumper has been reworked as well.
Inside, the MU-X gets leather all around. The dash has been completely redone, and frankly, it looks rather exquisite, especially with some piano-black accents enhancing the premium interior vibe. There’s a new nine-inch infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) paired with an eight-speaker setup. Below this head unit is the A/C control panel that looks nothing like the outdated piece found in the outgoing model.
Now that we’ve started talking toys, let’s keep going—because this thing has a lot of toys.
Other added features inside the cabin include the built-in charging station with a 220V plug and two USB ports that support fast charging. There’s also an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function, ventilated seats, remote engine start, a welcome light, walk-away auto-lock function, follow me home lights, rain-sensing wipers, and a power liftgate with jam protection available. Phew.
The all-new MU-X also gets the new Isuzu Matrix Safety Intelligence with an advanced driver assistance system. Let’s list all the safety and driver-assist features here: a manual speed limiter, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, pedal misapplication mitigation, multi-collision brake, hill-start assist and hill-descent control, electronic stability control, and traction control. Phew. Again.
As far as its powertrains go, there will be two available in Thailand: a 3.0-liter Ddi Blue Power engine that generates 190hp and 450Nm and a more economical 1.9-liter Ddi Blue Power mill that’s capable of 150hp and 350Nm.
Suffice to say, most of our wishes have been granted. And since we’ll be seeing the arrival of the next-gen D-Max here in the Philippines soon, we expect this SUV to follow on the tire tracks of its pickup stablemate before long. What about you? What’s your take on the all-new Isuzu MU-X?