The ‘new look’ Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has launched its first product since being forced to go it alone with the departure of General Motors from South Africa – and has done so with the 7-seater mu-X, adding its hat into a very busy ring.
This is not the first foray Isuzu has made into the SUV market locally, having previously marketed the Trooper way back in 1992.
“The launch of the mu-X is an important milestone for Isuzu Motors South Africa, as it expands our current product portfolio into the sport utility vehicle category, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the automotive industry, both globally and in the domestic market,” says Dominic Rimmer, Executive Technical Services.
“Building on Isuzu’s long-standing heritage, along with the proven reliability and trusted capabilities of the KB, the mu-X introduces an entirely new level of practicality, comfort and convenience that is ideally suited to the adventurous and lifestyle-oriented nature of South African customers.”
Although the trendy mu-X is new to South Africa, it is already a well-established contender in several international markets, having been launched in Thailand in 2013. It is also currently sold in Australia as well as the Philippines, where it is the market leader.
The mu-X is powered by Isuzu’s 3,0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbo-diesel diesel engine that produces 130 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which has a sequential sport mode. A three-tonne towing capacity makes it a great choice for towing trailers or caravans.
Two models are available with the choice of 4×2 or 4×4 derivatives. The four-wheel drive version relies on Isuzu’s Terrain Command 4×4 system with electronically selected two and four-wheel drive high-range modes, or 4×4 low-range for more challenging off-road driving.
The mu-X is equipped with a fully independent suspension all round, encompassing a five-link set-up at the rear.
LED daytime running lights and Bi-LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling functionality is standard on both models.
The interior includes an electronic climate control system for front and rear occupants – the latter having access to their own cooling vents for added comfort.
A multi-function infotainment unit with a nine-inch colour touchscreen display provides access to the imbedded satellite navigation, audio and communication systems that includes a DVD and MP3-compatible CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Front and rear USB slots are provided, in conjunction with an auxiliary iPod input and HDMI port.
Leather trim is standard for the seats, with the driver’s seat offering six-way electric adjustment. The leather-trimmed steering wheel has convenient fingertip controls for the audio and phone functions, as well as the cruise control.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). This is complemented by Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) which can be engaged in low-range 4×4 mode.
Passive safety equipment includes dual front, side and full-length curtain air bags, linked to front seat pre-tensioner seatbelts, plus a high-tensile steel passenger safety cell that offers outstanding strength and rigidity.
A rear-facing camera aids reversing and parking via the nine-inch full colour display, while a factory-fitted immobiliser and alarm system is standard fitment.
Customers have access to a wide range of accessories to personalise their mu-X. This includes functional items such as 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 as well as side steps.
Cosmetic enhancements are also available, comprising chrome trim adornments for the tailgate and front fog lamps.
The Isuzu mu-X comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a 5-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a 5-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km/12 months.
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4X2 AT6 R568 000
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4×4 AT6 R629 100