Isuzu MU-X

Back before SUVs and crossovers came to dominate the market, the Chevy Blazer was king. In fact the nameplate was so iconic that Chevy spun it off into several different sizes, with the compact S-10 Blazer (also known as, among many other things, the GMC Jimmy) expanding to the K5 Blazer (later rebadged as the Tahoe), and in between, the mid-size Trailblazer. The last of them died off a few years ago, but got a stay of execution in developing markets overseas. And that's essentially what we're looking at here.

Based on the Isuzu D-Max (itself a clone of the overseas-market Chevy Colorado), the new Isuzu MU-X is basically a rebadged version of the second-generation Chevy Trailblazer produced in such far-flung locations as Thailand and Brazil. Set to debut in Isuzu guise at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month, the MU-X is powered by a 3.0-liter common-rail turbodiesel four with 130 kW and 380 Nm of torque (174 horsepower and 280 pound-feet), driving either the front wheels or all four through five speeds in either manual or automatic configurations.

With Terrain Control and hill ascent/descent systems, the MU-X will tow 3 metric tons (3.3 US) and carry seven passengers in the type of truck-based SUV package that's steadily being replaced by car-based crossovers in the US market. Whether there's any room for an old-fashioned ladder-frame sport-ute like this on these shores seems to be in increasing doubt, but apparently Isuzu thinks it's still got potential overseas. Check it out in the gallery above and the press release and promo videos below for a closer look.
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Isuzu MU-X
Real World Adventure

Introducing the ALL-New Isuzu MU-X. A true family-sized SUV that redefines the boundaries of adventure. Whether you're navigating peak-hour on the weekday school run or traversing whatever the wildest weekend can throw at you, the All-New Isuzu MU-X has you covered for the routine, extreme, and everything in between.

Enjoy a passenger car-like driving experience you have come to expect from today's modern SUV's, but with a bulletproof 4WD drivetrain mated to one of the world's most robust diesel engines, the All-New Isuzu MU-X will also deliver you the opportunity to test your off-road ability like never before.

The All-New Isuzu MU-X – Ready when you are.

Exterior Design Styling

Borrowing styling cues from its D-MAX cousin, the All-New Isuzu MU-X strikes a commanding stance thanks to its wedge-shaped facia and muscular flared wheel arches. Flowing lines create a balanced profile that is at home in the city as it is the bush. Available in three different spec levels, there's an Isuzu MU-X that not only looks the part, but is appropriately designed with all the features required to suit any driving purpose.

Real-World Performance
Behind the style, there's plenty of substance. With 3 tonne towing (braked) available on both 4x2 and 4x4 variants, the All-New Isuzu MU-X never knocks back hard work. Be it towing a boat, caravan, horse float or trailer, the MU-X does it effortlessly and with confidence - thanks to the ingenious Isuzu technology and Japanese engineering under the bonnet.

The 3.0L Isuzu 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power diesel engine delivers 130kW of power and 380Nm of torque. A high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system makes the most of every drop of fuel, and the intercooled VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbocharger provides excellent response over the engine's entire rev range.

Proven in a range of testing environments, each component of the MU-X's engine has been crafted to reduce fuel consumption and emissions as well as decrease wear and maintenance to ensure years of trouble-free motoring.

The MU-X's automatic transmission with sequential sports mode is electronically controlled by the transmission control module (TCM) and features an adaptive-learning function which constantly monitors brake and throttle applications. This allows the transmission to automatically select the most appropriate shift points and lock-up points depending on the driver's behaviour, the vehicle speed and the vehicle load. The auto also has 'Hill Descent' and 'Hill-Ascent' modes.

Exceptional Fuel Economy
From one of the world's leading manufacturers of diesel technology, the impressive Isuzu 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine that powers the All-New Isuzu MU-X is as frugal as it is athletic. Delivering plenty of power and torque, this stirring powerplant produces equally amazing fuel economy of just 8.2* litres per 100 km. * Combined ADR 81/02 Fuel Consumption Value 4x2 LS-M & LS-U Automatic

The All-New Isuzu MU-X is a stickler on fuel thanks to three core engine characteristics – low down torque from 1,800rpm through to 2,800rpm provides optimum performance and fuel efficiency, while the MU-X's Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger alters the direction of exhaust flow to optimise turbine response at low engine rpm to overcome 'turbo lag'. Overseeing the fuel delivery is the MU-X's Common-rail High Pressure Fuel System which uses the latest in fuel injector and high pressure fuel rail technology to effectively minimise the amount of fuel in the combustion process, providing superior fuel economy.

In addition, automatic versions of the MU-X also benefit from the intelligent 'grade-logic' transmission which keeps the MU-X in the correct gear preventing over-revving and unnecessary fuel burn.

Serious Off Road Ability

The All-New Isuzu MU-X delivers real-world off road capability.

All 4x4 MU-X versions are fitted with the rugged off-road protection you need when roughing it. There's a front steel plate skid/splash shield as well as steel plate guards to protect the sump and transfer case. Add to this a tried and tested 4x4 drivetrain managed by an intelligent Traction Control System (TCS) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), along with substantial 230mm ground-clearance*, and generous 30.1° approach and 25.1° departure angles*. *LS-U & LS-T models

In addition, clever engineering ensures there are no low-slung components – the front lower control arms don't hang too low, and the air intake is hidden within the front fender. In the engine bay, the ECU isn't exposed, and the alternator sits up nice and high. Basically, these features mean that Isuzu have protected all the vulnerable parts and a bit of mud isn't going to seize your alternator.

All 4x4 MU-X models are also equipped with Isuzu's super-easy to use "Terrain command" 4WD select dial (2-high, 4-high and 4-low range) and auto versions are fitted with hill-ascent and descent control.

Amazing Space & Comfort
Cloaked behind the sleek exterior lines of the All-New Isuzu MU-X lies a smartly designed interior that creates a wealth of space for all of the family – and then some. There's room for a team of seven to travel safely, securely and in comfort. Wide door arches make access for all passengers a breeze, and when exploring your sense of adventure off road, there's strategically placed assist grips to help keep you grounded.

A new seat design with 'wrap-around' bolsters provide increased shoulder, back and base support delivering more comfort for occupants and all seats in all MU-X models have adjustable headrests. Clever split/fold rear seats in both the second and third rows mean that no matter what seating configuration you choose, the versatile interior will provide plenty of head, leg and shoulder room.

Smooth Ride & Handling
Car-like ride and handling both on and off road is provided by a new suspension geometry custom designed for the MU-X. Front independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs, gas shocks and stabiliser bar allows the driver positive feedback and steering control regardless of the terrain underfoot, and a rear five-link suspension configuration also with coil springs, stabiliser bar and gas shocks provide superior stability when traversing off road or towing.

Designed for Family
A premium audio system with 6 speakers, iPod® and Bluetooth® phone connectivity is standard across the MU-X range, while the top of the range LS-T provides an unparalleled entertainment experience with Isuzu's "Sky Sound" roof-mounted sound system and 10" DVD monitor for rear seat passengers. Along with Bluetooth® audio streaming, the LS-T also features a touch-screen satellite navigation system with live traffic updates and over 10,000 off-road destinations.

In addition to the fun there's also a practical side to the All-New MU-X's interior. There's an abundance of clever storage compartments and with the second and third row seats ability to fold down, there's also an overly generous cargo area. Oh and did we mention cup holders? – the design engineers have managed to fit 14 of them in to ensure refreshments are always at hand!

Perfect for Fleet
The newly developed ladder frame chassis in the All-New Isuzu MU-X ensures long term durability when exposed to harsh driving environments – making it ideal for heavy-duty fleet applications. Flat-fold seating creates a cargo space for the biggest of loads and with competitive pricing, low maintenance costs and outstanding fuel economy, the Isuzu MU-X presents cost-conscious businesses with a smart alternative when it comes to satisfying their fleet requirements. The ultra-reliable 3.0L Isuzu turbo-diesel engine completes business case ensuring downtime becomes a thing of the past.

Safe & Secure
Safety is our priority. And to ensure this, the All-New MU-X is fitted with the latest in sophisticated safety features. Built around a high-tensile steel passenger safety cell with side-intrusion bars, the MU-X carries comprehensive crash avoidance electronics including 4-channel 4-sensor ABS (Anti-skid Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Four-wheel disc brakes (Front 300mm ventilated front disc with twin piston callipers & 318mm rear disc with single piston calliper) provide the MU-X with surefooted stopping power in any conditions. Additional protection and peace of mind is supplied with six airbags (dual front, curtain and side) in all model variants. Certain MU-X models are fitted with a reverse camera and rear park assist sensors to ensure driveway safety.

Peace of Mind
For the ultimate peace of mind, every Isuzu MU-X comes with a 5 year/130,000km* New Vehicle Warranty. Isuzu has built a solid reputation of reliability & durability over many generations of vehicles and the Isuzu MU-X will uphold this tradition. This factory warranty is complimentary with every new vehicle and it can be transferred to the next owner which helps to help keep a high resale value.
Each Isuzu MU-X also comes standard with the ultimate in vehicle protection - 5 years Platinum Roadside Assistance. This complimentary service offers a wide range of benefits to MU-X owners.
*Whichever occurs first, excludes accessories and trays. For eligible customers only.

Model Variants
The All-New Isuzu MU-X is offered in three versatile model variants in both 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains – so there's a vehicle to suit all purposes, be it for the daily grind or family fun. The entry-level LS-M with colour-coded mirrors and gunmetal grey grille is perfectly suited to those looking for a no-nonsense, all-purpose SUV. While stylish enough for city streets, the LS-M rides on 16" alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres making it right at home on a worksite or farm.

The mid-spec LS-U is the family all-rounder. Still tough enough for any job, the LS-U introduces more of the mod-cons expected from a family SUV, making it the ideal choice for those who work hard during the week but want to get away from it all when Friday afternoon rolls around. LS-U exterior styling additions include 17" alloy wheels, fog lights, chrome grille and mirrors, and aluminium side-steps.

And the range topping LS-T takes the comfort and convenience levels up another notch. With standard features like a leather-appointed interior, climate control air conditioning, touch-screen navigation system with reverse camera and roof-mounted DVD entertainment system, every journey will not only be comfortable, but a fun one too. All Isuzu MU-X models are fitted with Rear Park Assist (RPA).


Isuzu MU-X Technical Specifications

Engine
Series Isuzu 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power
Description 3.0 litre turbo-diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve
Maximum torque 380 Nm @ 1800 2800 rpm (automatic and manual)
Maximum power 130 kW @ 3600 rpm
Bore x stroke 95.4 mm x 104.9 mm
Displacement 2999 cc
Compression ratio 17.3 : 1
Cylinder head Isuzu-patent special aluminium alloy with double-walled water jacketing
Valve gear Chain-driven dual overhead camshafts, roller rockers, 4 valves/cylinder
Induction Electronic high pressure common rail direct fuel injection with VSS (Variable Swirl System) & intercooled VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbo charger
Cylinder block Cast iron upper with induction-hardened cylinder bores, cast alloy lower; special pistons with nickel composite oil rings
Emission level Euro 4
Alternator 120 amp
Transmissions
Manual Isuzu 5-speed manual with high torque capacity & output reduction 265mm diameter clutch plate
Automatic

Aisin AW TB50-LS 5-speed with sequential shift & brake shift lock electronically controlled, tri-mode with Adaptive Grade Logic & fuel-saving lock-up torque converter on gears 2, 3, 4 & 5
Adaptive Grade Logic Control: holds gear 3 in varied-gradient ascents, selects 3 on steep descents to hold speed with engine braking
Hill-ascent & Hill descent control

Ratios

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Reverse

5-speedManual

4.332
2.561
1.492
1.000
0.791
3.947

5-speed Automatic

3.520
2.042
1.400
1.000
0.716
3.224

Final drive

4x2
4x4

3.727
3.727

3.727
3.727

Snorkelled diff breathers to increase fording depth & reduce mud blockage

Transfer gearing

4x4 low range
4x4 high range

2.482
1.000

2.482
1.000

4x4 system

"Terrain Command" control with 'shift on the fly'
2-high↔4-high selection at up to 100km/h

Drivetrain system TCS (Traction Control System) & ESC (Electronic Stability Control) on all model variants
Chassis
Frame Full-length heavy-duty ladder construction
Suspension: front Independent, high ride, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, upper & lower wishbones, stabiliser bar
Suspension: rear Multi-link coil suspension, gas shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Axles
Front Independent. 4x4: fully floating with outer CV & inner double offset joints. Equal length driveshafts. GAW Rating: 1350kg
Rear Rigid semi-floating banjo with hypoid final drive. Dual tapered roller bearings. GAW Rating: 1600kg
Steering Engine-speed-sensitive variable capacity power-assisted rack & pinion system; 3.2 turns lock-to-lock via tilt-adjustable steering wheel
Brakes

Power-assisted via 10.5" servo unit; 300mm ventilated front discs with twin-pot calipers, 318mm rear disc brakes
Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Central pull up park brake

Wheels & Tyres
LS-M 16"x 7" alloy; 245 / 70 R16 AT
LS-U, LS-T 17"x 7" alloy; 255 / 65 R17 HT
(Alloy full size spare wheel on LS-U/LS-T)
Warranty

5 year / 130,000km New Vehicle Warranty*, for eligible customers; plus 5 year Platinum Roadside Assistance.

*Whichever occurs first, excludes accessories and trays.

All-New Isuzu MU-X Exterior Dimensions & Load Area

? Exterior

4x2 models

4x4 models

Dimensions (mm)

LS-M

LS-U

LS-M

LS-U

LS-T

Wheelbase

2845

2845

2845

2845

2845

Overall length

4825

4825

4825

4825

4825

Overall width (excl.door mirrors)

1860

1860

1860

1860

1860

Overall height

1825

1830

1825

1830

1860

Front overhang

905

905

905

905

905

Front / Rear track

1507

1507

1507

1507

1507

Ground clearance - minimum

220

230

220

230

230

Turning circle diameter between kerbs (metres)

11.6

11.6

11.6

11.6

11.6

Approach angle

29.4°

30°

29.4°

30°

30°

Departure angle

24.4°

25.1°

24.4°

25.1°

25.1°

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

65

65

65

65

65

? Interior

Leg room - front

1106

1106

1106

1106

1106

Leg room - 2nd

915

915

915

915

915

Leg room - 3rd

815

815

815

815

815

Shoulder room - front

1458

1458

1458

1458

1458

Head room - front

1009

1009

1009

1009

1009

? Mass (kg)

Tare Mass (^AT models additional 15kg)

1900

1940

1985^

2025^

2060

Gross Vehicle Mass

2650

2650

2750

2750

2750

Gross Combination Mass

5650

5650

5750

5750

5750

Maximum Towing Mass (Braked Trailer)

3000

3000

3000

3000

3000

Maximum Towing Mass (Non-Braked Trailer)

750

750

750

750

750

Maximum Tow Ball Mass load

300

300

300

300

300

? RF10 ADR 81/02 Fuel Consumption Values

4x2 models

4x4 models

MODEL

LS-M

LS-U

LS-M

LS-U

LS-T

TRANSMISSION

AT

AT

MT/AT

MT/AT

AT

Urban (L/100km)

10.5

10.5

10.8/10.7

10.8/10.7

10.7

Extra Urban

6.9

6.9

7.0/7.1

7.0/7.1

7.1

Combined

8.2

8.2

8.4

8.4

8.4

CO2 Urban (g/km)

277

277

285/283

285/283

283

CO2 Extra Urban

183

183

184/188

184/188

188

CO2 Combined

217

217

221/223

221/223

223

Isuzu MU-X Pricing

Description

Trans

RRP*
(inc. GST)

4 x 2

LS-M

auto

$40,500

4 x 2

LS-U

auto

$42,000

4 x 4

LS-M

man

$45,600

4 x 4

LS-M

auto

$47,800

4 x 4

LS-U

man

$47,100

4 x 4

LS-U

auto

$49,300

4 x 4

LS-T

auto

$53,500

*excludes delivery and government charges / Metallic paint $330 (incl. GST)