Before you consider buying the new MU-X, we suggest you grab a copy of our comprehensive buy and price guide for the latest information on dealership pricing, stock availability and the true cost of ownership.
Look out Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, there’s a new kid on the block.
Built on the same bones as the D-Max ute, the 2022 Isuzu MU-X promises to be more comfortable, more powerful, and more capable than its popular predecessor.
It’s also more expensive. A full breakdown is below, but based on list price the new MU-X will be at least $2700 more expensive than its predecessor when it arrives in Australian showrooms on August 2.
Although it’s more luxurious than before, the 2022 MU-X remains a rugged off-roader with a focus on towing.
Along with its uprated 3500kg braked towing capacity and larger 80L fuel tank, it’s gained a rear locking differential to take it further off-road like its D-Max sibling.
Power still comes from a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, albeit a heavily modified one compared to the engine in the current MU-X.
Shared with the D-Max, the 4JJ3-TCX engine makes 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque, and has a new block, cylinder head, crankshaft, and aluminium pistons. It also packs a new intake system and turbocharger for less lag down low.
It’s mated to a retuned Aisin six-speed automatic transmission as standard, designed to hunt less and be more decisive on the move.
The MU-X has a full range of active driver assists standard across the line-up, as part of what Isuzu calls its IDAS suite. A full list of inclusions features in the safety section below.
As for the luxuries? A full specification breakdown features at the bottom of the page, but the new MU-X is available with even more luxury features than the D-Max, including heated seats and tyre-pressure monitoring.
- 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-M 4×2: $47,990 (+$4090)
- 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-U 4×2: $53,900 (+$7600)
- 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-M 4×4: $53,900 (+$2700)
- 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4×2: $59,900 (+$9800)
- 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-U 4×4: $59,900 (+$6300)
- 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4×4: $65,900 (+$8500)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
If you’re looking to get a more accurate idea of pricing, you can use the official Isuzu MU-X build and quote to build and quote one in your own specifications.
If you would like to know what price people are actually paying at the dealership for the new MU-X, we suggest you grab a copy of our comprehensive buy and price guide.
Power in all 2022 Isuzu MU-X models comes from the same 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine as the D-Max ute, making 140kW and 450Nm.
In 4×2 models, it’s sent exclusively to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 4×4 adds a switchable four-wheel drive with high- and low-range, along with a locking rear differential. It’s auto-only, like the 4×2 model.
If you’re looking for more details on the engine specifications, you can find more information within the official Isuzu MU-X brochure.
The 3.0-litre engine in the 2022 Isuzu MU-X uses a claimed 7.8L/100km on the combined cycle in 4×2 models, and a claimed 8.3L/100km on 4×4 models.
The 2022 Isuzu MU-X measures 4850mm long, 1870mm wide and 1815mm tall, with a 2855mm wheelbase.
That makes it 25mm longer, 10mm wider and up to 35mm lower than the current model, with a 10mm longer wheelbase.
The car’s turning circle has improved from 11.6m to 11.4m, while its approach, departure, and ramp-over angles have jumped to 29.2, 26.4, and 23.1 degrees respectively.
Ground clearance is 230mm in LS-M models, and 235mm in LS-U and LS-T guises. Wading depth is 800mm.
Boot space is 311L (+25L) with all three seating rows in place, 1119L (+68L) with the third row folded, and 2138L (-24L) with all three rows flat.
A full breakdown of the car’s towing statistics from the Isuzu media release is below:
The headline figure is the new 3500kg braked-towing capacity, up 500kg on the outgoing model.
It’s worth noting, however, the car’s Gross Combination Mass means a top-spec LS-T 4×4 towing a 3500kg trailer would only be able to carry an extra 225kg of passengers and luggage.
As always, it pays to do the maths on your load before hitting the road with the family.
If you want to see a visual representation of the dimensions, download the official Isuzu MU-X brochure.
The MU-X hasn’t been rated by ANCAP, but the related D-Max has a five-star rating based on testing carried out in 2020.
The whole MU-X range will come with a full gamut of active safety features atop eight airbags, including:
- Autonomous emergency braking with turn assist (stops you turning into an oncoming car)
- Post-collision braking, which stops the car after a rear-end accident
- Forward collision warning
- Wrong-pedal braking, which stops if it thinks you’ve hit the accelerator instead of the brake
- Adaptive cruise with stop/go
- Traffic sign recognition
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Driver attention monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Trailer sway control
- Reversing camera and rear parking sensors
Isuzu have further information regarding the safety features available in the MU-X which can be found in the official brochure.
The MU-X is backed by a six-year, 150,000-kilometre warranty.
Maintenance is required every 12 months or 15,000km, and costs $3373 over the first seven years to service.
Standard equipment in the LS-M includes:
- Electric park brake
- 17-inch alloy wheels with Dunlop AT25 All-Terrain tyres
- Black-trimmed door mirrors and door handles
- Black/grey grille
- Urethane steering wheel and shifter
- Cloth seat trim and carpet flooring
- Keyless entry and start
- 7.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio
- Four-speaker sound system
- Manual air-conditioning with rear vents and controls
- Bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Rear parking sensors
- Reversing camera
Moving to the LS-U brings:
- 18-inch alloy wheels with Bridgestone 684II HT tyres
- Body-coloured door mirrors and handles
- Silver/chrome front grille
- Leather steering wheel, gear selector
- Electric lumbar support for driver
- Piano black, chrome/silver/cloth door trims
- Bronze, chrome dashboard trims
- Keyless entry and start with walk-away locking
- 9.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, factory satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Dual-zone climate control with rear vents and controls
- Auto-levelling, auto high-beam headlights
- LED fog lights
- LED tail lights
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Powered tailgate with remote entry
- Roof rails
- Rear privacy glass with chrome window trim
The Isuzu MU-X LS-T packs:
- 20-inch alloy wheels with machined finish
- Tungsten silver and chrome front grille
- Carpet flooring
- Quilted, leather-accented seats
- Quilted, leatherette door trims and centre console
- Heated front seats
- Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar
- LED ambient lighting, backlit gear selector
- Piano black, chrome interior trim
- Remote engine start
The range of colours on offer in the new MU-X is below.
Before you buy the new MU-X, we suggest you grab a copy of our comprehensive buy and price guide for the latest information on dealership pricing, stock availability and the true cost of ownership.