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    Default Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    PORT ELIZABETH - Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) is marking the brand's return to the rapidly growing sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the highly anticipated debut of the seven-seater mu-X. The mu-X is the first vehicle to be launched under the newly established Isuzu Motors South Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan.

    The introduction of the mu-X builds on the legacy of Isuzu's highly revered previous contenders in this category, comprising the Isuzu Trooper which was sold locally in 1992, followed by the much-loved Frontier that was launched in 1998. This is backed up by Isuzu's proud legacy in the light commercial sector with the KB range, which has been one of South Africa's favourite pick-ups for over 40 years.

    "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," Rimmer adds.

    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 proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel 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. An impressive three-tonne towing capacity makes it a great choice for towing trailers or caravans.

    Two models are available with the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 derivatives. The four-wheel drive version relies on Isuzu's easy to use Terrain Command 4x4 system with electronically selected two and four-wheel drive high-range modes, or 4x4 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, that delivers the best balance of ride comfort, handling and off-road capability.

    A refined yet robust character defines the styling of the mu-X, which embodies the familiar DNA of the Isuzu brand. LED daytime running lights and Bi-LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling functionality is standard on both models.

    Aluminium side-steps, 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and LED rear combination lamps further enhance the mu-X's dynamic appeal.

    The interior of Isuzu's new SUV offering matches practicality with comfort and luxury. The seven-seat configuration will appeal to both families and adventure-oriented buyers alike, thanks to the flexibility of the folding the centre and rear rows of seats. The electronic climate control system caters for front and rear occupants - the latter having access to their own cooling vents for added comfort.

    A multi-function infotainment unit is a stand-out feature of the mu-X, boasting a nine-inch colour touchscreen display that 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.

    Everyday convenience is provided by the keyless entry and start system, along with touch sensor opening and push-button locking functions on the door handles. As expected of a leisure-oriented SUV, a multitude of storage compartments are located throughout the cabin.

    The Isuzu mu-X is packed with an extensive range of active safety features, including ABS 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 4x4 mode.

    Passive safety equipment includes 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.

    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.

    Isuzu is committed to giving its customers exceptional ownership peace of mind. Accordingly, the Isuzu mu-X comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km/12 months.

    Extended cover can also be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans

    Model range and Pricing


    Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4X2 AT6 - R 568 000,00
    Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4x4 AT6 - R 629 100,00
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    They've done what I feared they would - priced it too high.

    It is only R15000 to R20 000 less that the equivalent Fortuner.
    Yet is it a much older vehicle.
    Has no rear Diff Lock.
    Only has a 68 litre tank.
    Has a far poorer dealer spread.

    I'm afraid Isuzu SA shot a bolt here... Pity...
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    They've done what I feared they would - priced it too high.

    It is only R15000 to R20 000 less that the equivalent Fortuner.
    Yet is it a much older vehicle.
    Has no rear Diff Lock.
    Only has a 68 litre tank.
    Has a far poorer dealer spread.

    I'm afraid Isuzu SA shot a bolt here... Pity...
    aha but is has all CRITICAL stuff we need in a 4x4:

    - LED daytime running lights and Bi-LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling functionality
    - electronic climate control system catering for front and rear occupants - the latter having access to their own cooling vents for added comfort.
    - A multi-function infotainment unit, a nine-inch colour touchscreen display that 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.
    - keyless entry and start system, along with touch sensor opening and push-button locking functions on the door handles.
    - A rear-facing camera aids reversing and parking via the nine-inch full colour display
    - audible parking sensors

    I mean, we couldn't POSSIBLY leave our driveways without these MANDATORY items? Could we?
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    They've done what I feared they would - priced it too high.

    It is only R15000 to R20 000 less that the equivalent Fortuner.
    Yet is it a much older vehicle.
    Has no rear Diff Lock.
    Only has a 68 litre tank.
    Has a far poorer dealer spread.

    I'm afraid Isuzu SA shot a bolt here... Pity...
    Fully agree!

    And with Toyota and Ford offering massive discounts on the Fortuners and Everest ranges, this MUX is dead before it even started.

    Lovely looking vehicle though, pity about the price.
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    No diff-lock.
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by Hilux Raider View Post
    No diff-lock.
    Deal breaker for me Iím afraid.

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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    This report says there is a difflock

    Return of the 'Frontier': What the mu-X means for Isuzu SA

    http://www.wheels24.co.za/OffRoad_an...u-sa-20180510?

    shared via @News24
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    It's nice, but one day a 2.8 Trailblazer is going to whip you away from the traffic lights...

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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by RoelfleRoux View Post
    This report says there is a difflock...
    Okay Iím listening 🤣

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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by JohanSlabbert View Post
    It's nice, but one day a 2.8 Trailblazer is going to whip you away from the traffic lights...
    That's like judging a restaurant purely on how quickly your food arrives...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    That's like judging a restaurant purely on how quickly your food arrives...
    And a very valid judgement, based on the popularity of fast food franchises.

    I like the mux, but there's no denying it's too little too late.

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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by RoelfleRoux View Post
    This report says there is a difflock

    Return of the 'Frontier': What the mu-X means for Isuzu SA

    http://www.wheels24.co.za/OffRoad_an...u-sa-20180510?

    shared via @News24
    According to the spec sheet, no diff lock.

    Australian version also no diff lock.
    https://www.caradvice.com.au/575008/...f-road-review/
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post

    It is only R15000 to R20 000 less that the equivalent Fortuner.
    This old 3.0 doesn't really compete with the Ford 3.2 or the Toyota 2.8GD. It's more on par with the Ford 2.2 and Toyota 2.4.

    So from that view it's way over priced:
    Ford 2.2 XLT AT 4x2 R522k
    Tuna 2.4 4x4 AT R516k
    Tuna 2.4 4x2 AT R491k

    They will only sell to the Isuzu die hard and try make as much profit as possible rather than take on the others for mass volume.
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    According to the spec sheet, no diff lock.

    Australian version also no diff lock.
    https://www.caradvice.com.au/575008/...f-road-review/
    Thanks Dirk.
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    You will have to be the ultimate diehard Isuzu fan to buy this, at that price, above the other offerings in this market!
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    It looks like manufacturers are competing on, “who has the biggest LCD” screen on the dash.

    Why don’t they just go the whole hog and replace the windscreen with a 65” UHD LED monitor and cameras.

    Oh wait, they have already done that, it’s called a .......
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    Quote Originally Posted by mauritzl View Post
    This old 3.0 doesn't really compete with the Ford 3.2 or the Toyota 2.8GD.
    ... but it is an Isuzu, which in my mind gives it an edge, regardless of output figures.
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    wont the traction control system help enough that one wouldn't need the rear diff lock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willis View Post
    wont the traction control system help enough that one wouldn't need the rear diff lock?
    Up to a point yes. In fact there are quite a few conditions where Traction Control is actually superior to difflock.

    But when the going gets really tough you still need a difflock. However, maybe for those conditions you shouldn't be using a hardcore 4x4 or a truck, not a luxury SUV.
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    Default Re: Isuzu mu-X takes aim at fast-growing SUV segment

    One has to look at the market. How many of these vehicles will ever go off-road, and further, when they do go off-road, how many will tackle a route where TC is not good enough. Manufacturers do vehicles for the largest market segment, not the smallest "specialist" segment.

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