Initial details about the hotly-anticipated 2022 Isuzu MU-X off-roader have been leaked to a fan page on Facebook.
According to what appears to be a dealer specification sheet posted in Isuzu DMAX, MU-X Owners Group Australia, the new MU-X will be offered with three trim levels and a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains.
The leaked documents claim pricing will start at more than $50,000 once on-road costs are taken into account, and will extend to around $70,000 on-the-road for a range-topping 4×4 LS-T model.
The whole range will feature a full suite of driver assists including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition as standard, according to the leaked sheet.
Given the D-Max ute on which the MU-X is based offers the same, that’s no great surprise.
Limited, preliminary specifications for the MU-X are below.
Expect the following to be standard on the 2022 MU-X LS-M:
- 17-inch alloy wheels and 255/65 all-terrain tyres
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity
- Cloth, manually-adjusted seats
- Bi-LED automatic headlights
- Automatic windscreen wipers
Moving to the mid-range LS-U should bring:
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, factory satellite navigation
- 18-inch alloy wheels and 265/50 highway terrain tyres
- Powered lumbar support for driver
- Keyless entry and start
- Powered tailgate
- Dual-zone climate control
- Roof rails
The range-topping LS-T is expected to feature:
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with powered lumbar
- Four-way power adjustable passenger seat
- 20-inch alloy wheels and 265/50 highway terrain tyres
The 2022 MU-X rides on the same platform as the D-Max and is powered by the same 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Along with switchable four-wheel drive and low-range, the MU-X will have a locking rear differential in 4×4 models.
Currently, the outgoing MU-X kicks off at $43,900 and extends to $57,400 before on-road costs.
Although it’s getting long in the tooth, the current MU-X remains popular with the grey nomads and off-roading families of Australia.
Year-to-date it’s sitting on 5000 sales, putting it ahead of the Ford Everest (3774), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (3961), and Toyota Fortuner (1866) in the sales race.
The new model will hit showrooms on August 2, 2021. Stay tuned for full pricing and specification details in the coming weeks.