The new Isuzu MU-X.
The new Isuzu MU-X.

Isuzu MU-X to have true ability off the road

BUSH bashing, transporting the extended family and towing heavy loads is all within the new Isuzu MU-X's realm.

Forecast to be available by December, the new seven-seat SUV is aimed at the hardcore market wanting the ability to step off the bitumen.

On offer is a five-variant range, including a pair of two-wheel drives and a trio of four-wheel drives.

Inside the new Isuzu MU-X.
Inside the new Isuzu MU-X.

While sharing its ladder-frame chassis with the Holden Colorado 7, under the skin is an Isuzu 3.0-litre turbo diesel.

Entry-level LS-M comes with colour-coded mirrors and gunmetal grey grille, 16-inch alloys, air con, along with a six-speaker stereo with iPod and Bluetooth phone connectivity and rear park assist.

Mid-spec LS-U gains 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, chrome grille and mirrors, and aluminium side-steps.

The range topping LS-T gets leather-appointed interior, climate controlled air conditioning, touch-screen navigation system with reverse camera and rear roof-mounted DVD entertainment system.

Across the range it has a three-tonne braked towing capacity.

Warranty is five years or 130,000km with five years roadside assist.

VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Isuzu MU-X.

Details: Five-door two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive seven-seat large sports utility vehicle.

Engine: 3.0-litre turbo diesel generating maximum power of 130kW @ 3600rpm and peak torque of 380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm.

Transmissions: Five-speed manual or five-speed automatic.

Consumption: 8.2 litres/100km (combined average, 4x2 models); 8.4L/100km (4x4).

CO2: 217-223g/km (varies depending on drive and transmission).

Bottom line: LS-M 4x2 $40,500 (a), LS-U 4x2 $42,000 (a), LS-M 4x4 $45,600, LS-M 4x4 $47,800 (a), LS-U 4x4 $47,100, LS-U 4x4 $49,300 (a), LS-T 4x4 $53,500 (a).

The new Isuzu MU-X.
The new Isuzu MU-X.

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