PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu Motors SA has revamped its seven-seater mu-X sport utility vehicle with exterior styling enhancements and more upmarket finishes in the cabins.
The crash mitigation package has also been upgraded with an emergency braking system first seen on the Isuzu D-Max range.
Dominic Rimmer from Isuzu SA explained: “The launch of the mu-X in 2018 revived Isuzu’s proud legacy in the SUV segment but the 2020 units come with design updates and improved safety.”
The nose gets a bolder radiator grille, a restyled and colour-coded bumper and black bezels for the foul-weather front lights. There are also distinctive diode daytime running lights and auto-levelling diode projector headlights
New 18” gloss-black diamond-cut alloy wheel rims echo the gloss-black finish for the access steps.
The rear of the mu-X echoes the attractive new front-end changes, with a colour-coded upper section for the rear bumper, gloss back treatment for the lower trim, two-tone silver and black roof rails, as well as new tail light clusters with a combination of chrome and gloss black finishes that give the mu-X greater visual interest and sophisticated appeal.
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Not only the exterior design has been refreshed with what Isuzu describes as ”several exclusive touches that enhance the sophisticated ambience”.
Piano black finishes adorn bezels and trim panels, gear-shifter surround and the centre stack controlling infotainment and aircon.
Controls on the leather-trimmed steering-wheel for audio, phone, and cruise control are picked out in black and silver; cabin lighting has been added to doors – which have central locking.
There are three possible rows of leather-clad seats, rows two and three foldable, to seat seven, each covered by the automatic aircon system and that of the driver equipped with six-way power adjustment and aced by a multi-function infotainment unit with a 20cm a touchscreen for Bluetooth and audio streaming, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A 22cm colour touchscreen is an optional extra to supply satnav, rear camera, and audio and front and rear USB slots are provided, along with an iPod input and HDMI port but standard are a number of cubbies, other storage spaces, and cupholders all round.
BAGS AND CURTAINS
”Extensive” crash mitigation includes selective brake-pressure up to emergency standard, stability and traction control, hill-start assistance for sloppy clutch ability, and braked descent control in 4×4 mode.
Passive safety equipment comprises dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, linked to front seat pre-tensioner seatbelts, plus a high tensile steel passenger safety cell that offers outstanding strength and rigidity.
Propulsion comes from a four-cylinder turbodiesel engine capable of 130kW/380Nm spinning a six-speed auto transmission with ‘sport’ mode. Towing limit is three metric tonnes.
Further features are extra-cost options, some for tougher off-roading: mechanical diff-lock for both 4×4 and 4×2 units, parking radar, a storage box under the boot floor, towball, bonnet guard, weather guard kit for the windows, front spoiler, and rear-bumper scuff plate.
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All units will be covered by a five-year/120 000km* bumper-to-bumper warranty and roadside assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty, and a five-year/90 000km* service plan. Service intervals 15 000km/12 months*.
Extended cover can also be purchased for roadside assistance, service, and maintenance plans.
*Whichever comes first.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4×2 6 a/t R630 400
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4×4 6 a/t R698 200