The all-new Isuzu MU-X has evolved considerably from its predecessor.
No longer is it just a rugged seven-seater family SUV that can go virtually anywhere. The new Isuzu MU-X now does it with the latest safety and infotainment technology while also upgrading its creature comforts and cabin luxuries to a new level.
Like before, the new SUV is built on the same bones as the D-Max ute. As such the 2022 Isuzu MU-X is a more powerful and capable car, while undoubtedly also being more comfortable than its popular predecessor.
It may be a little more expensive than the car it replaces, but we are going through an unprecedented time in the industry where new cars have risen noticeably in price and that market dynamic is wholly supported by the increase in the price of second-hand cars – making the price of a new MU-X justifiable over a previous-generation model.
The new MU-X is at least $2700 more than the SUV it replaces at the base specification, with some variants costing almost $10,000 more than before.
See the full price list below:
- 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.
Demand for the D-Max ute has been skewed towards top-end X-Terrain and LS-T models, Isuzu is forecasting a more even spread in the MU-X.
Along with strong demand from private buyers, the full suite of active safety assists now offered in the MU-X is expected to make it more popular with fleet buyers.
The MU-X remains in tight supply, with the company admitting that it has been a challenge. The short supply of semiconductors has been the biggest issue for those waiting for their new MU-X.
According to Isuzu, some models are available and in stock currently, while there continues to be ongoing supply delays on certain higher-grade Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X models due to the unprecedented levels of demand, ongoing component supply delays due to the global semiconductor shortage and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
The Isuzu MU-X is a brand new car that was launched in August 2021. It is the second generation of the popular SUV model and will unlikely get a meaningful update for at least 24-36 months.
The first-generation MU-X was on sale for around seven years, which would suggest the new model will have a similar lifecycle.
We anticipate that in late 2024 or early in 2025 we anticipate Isuzu will release a moderate mid-life update that will see this generation through until around 2028 when an all-new third-generation Isuzu MU-X is expected.
Buyers looking to get into an Isuzu MU-X now should have peace of mind in knowing that their vehicle will remain the current generation for at least the next seven or so years, allowing for better resale and also giving that new car-feel on the road for an extended period of time.
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 using a claimed 7.8L/100km of diesel.
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 and uses a claimed 8.3L/100km of diesel.
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 comes with a full gamut of active safety features atop of eight airbags, including:
- AEB with turn assist (stops you turning into an oncoming car)
- Post-collision braking (stops the car after a rear-end accident)
- Forward collision warning
- Wrong-pedal braking (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
- Rear parking sensors
There are eight colour choices available on the Isuzu MU-X, though two are not available on the base model LS-M:
- Mineral White
- Moonstone White Pearl
- Mercury Silver Metallic
- Obsidian Grey Mica (Not on LS-M)
- Jasper Brown Mica (Not on LS-M)
- Cobalt Blue Mica
- Basalt Black Mica
- Magnetic Red Mica
The 2022 Isuzu MU-X measures 4850mm long, 1870mm wide, and 1815mm tall, with a 2855mm wheelbase.
It has a turning circle of 11.4m., an approach angle of 29.2 degrees, a departure angle of 26.4 degrees, and a ramp-over angle of 23.1 degrees.
Ground clearance is 230mm in LS-M models, and 235mm in LS-U and LS-T guises. Wading depth is 800mm.
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.
See the table below for more details:
Standard equipment in the Isuzu MU-X LS-M includes:
- 17-inch alloy wheels with Dunlop AT25 All-Terrain tyres
- Bi-LED headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- Electric park brake
- Black-trimmed door mirrors and door handles
- Black/grey grille
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto (wired0
- DAB+ digital radio
- Urethane steering wheel and shifter
- Cloth seat trim and carpet flooring
- Keyless entry and start
- Four-speaker sound system
- Manual air-conditioning with rear vents and controls
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Rear parking sensors
- Reversing camera
Moving to the Isuzu MU-X 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
- Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto (wired)
- Satellite navigation
- 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 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
Although a huge step-up from its predecessor, it’s worth noting that the MU-X is still ultimately based on a ute and anyone who’s sat in the new Isuzu D-Max ute will find the MU-X’s cabin rather similar.
The front seats have plenty of side bolstering and leg support, and both were heated and come with powered adjustments although the front passenger height adjustment is lacking.
Isuzu has fitted an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and sturdy A-pillar grab handles to help you pull yourself up.
The steering wheel is trimmed in soft leather (LS-U, LS-T) and has classy contrast stitching and nicely weighted buttons. A big bonus is that it now adjusts telescopically unlike the old MU-X.
Behind this sit two analogue gauges as well as a digital trip computer that displays driving data, a speedo, which wheels are being driven, and various active safety system settings.
The attempts at adding some pizzazz stretch to the padded dash top and centre tunnel surrounds with contrast stitching, squishy door cards and armrests, light grey trim pieces, and ambient light piping.
The 1280 x 800 resolution 9.0-inch centre display in the LS-U and above runs basic but effective maps, wired and wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, DAB radio receiver, Bluetooth, and a reversing camera with guidelines.
Below this sits a dual-zone digital climate control system controlled by nice silver rocker switches. Along the centre tunnel, you’ll find a rotary dial to switch from 2H to 4H or 4L, as well as an electric park brake switch with Auto Hold.
There’s no shortage of storage options, including dual gloveboxes, four front cup holders (12 in the whole cabin), door bins, a deep cubby below the fascia, a sunglasses holder, and a decent glovebox.
Grievances are mild, but there. There’s a lot of piano black trim all over the dash that acts as a magnet for dust and sun reflections, there’s no twistable volume knob, and the sun visor scrapes against the rear-view mirror when you lower it.
There are also numerous button ‘blanks’ on the tunnel and wheel, even though we had the flagship variant.
To the middle row: it certainly passes the family test, with the more forward B-pillar adding 25mm to the aperture over the old model. A 2m tall adult is afforded good rear legroom and headroom, and comfortable reclining seats – albeit they don’t slide.
Amenities include vents in the roof with fan speed adjustment, two USB points fitted behind the centre console, a centre armrest with pull-out cup holders, big handles on the B-pillars, and a clever shopping bag hook behind the front-passenger seat.
Compared to a Pajero Sport, for example, there’s clearly more headroom or shoulder room.
Access to the third seating row is really well-considered. One simple tug on a lever tilts and tumbles the kerbside 60 per cent split-seat portion, revealing a sizeable aperture from which to access. It’s light enough for kids to do it if need be.
There’s even sufficient room for two adults at a pinch. Isuzu claims each rearmost seat is 105mm wider across the back than the old model’s. You also get roof vents and cup holders, though the small rearmost windows hinder outboard visibility.
When not in use these third-row seats fold neatly into the floor, like an Everest’s, and in much neater and more practical fashion than a Pajero Sport’s (average) or Toyota Fortuner’s (worse).
The old MU-X’s weird raised boot is long gone and with seven seats in use still stows 311 litres (enough for a decent suitcase and a few duffel bags).
Boot space is 311L with all three seating rows in place, 1119L with the third row folded, and 2138L with all three rows flat.
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.
The new Isuzu MUX only went on sale in late July early August of 2021.
In August 2021 the company sold 1158 MU-X units nationally, while 7,134 MU-Xs have been sold year-to-date through August 31 – although a large number of them would have been the previous-generation model.
The Isuzu MU-X comes with a range of factory accessories which include:
- Rhino-Rack Sunseeker awning,
- Rhino-Rack Batwing Awning,
- Rhino-Rack Bike Carrier,
- Rhino-Rack Nautic Kayak Carrier,
- Roof bars,
- Roof rail cross bars,
- Rhino-Rack Ski and Snowboard carrier,
- Rhino-Rack fishing rod holder tow bar kit,
- Weight distribution hitch,
- Chrome muffler tip,
- A range of weather shields,
- Bonnet protector,
- Alloy nudge bar,
- Clearview towing mirrors,
- Polished and satin black alloy and steel bullbars,
- Cargo net bag,
- Seat covers,
- Scuff plates & tailgate scuff plate,
- Rubber and carpet floor mats,
- Rear cargo liner and a rear cargo tonneau cover
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