2024 Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LSE 4X4
The Isuzu mu-X 7-seater adventure SUV has already received an update in SA, including the addition of a new model.
A subtle facelift
Embarking on a short drive in the recently tweaked Isuzu mu-X LSE 4x4, I soon found memories flooding back, evoking a sense of nostalgia and anticipation. This vehicle, known for its rugged, yet comfortable design, had already been a steadfast companion for me on countless adventures, as the previous model served as a long-termer in CAR’s fleet.
Welcomed by soft upholstery and pressing the start button, the engine roared to life, its deep rumble resonated, summoning happy memories of traversing challenging terrain, conquering muddy trails, and venturing into the unknown. Although we were unable to take the facelifted model off-road on its brief launch drive, the anticipation of its inherent capabilities still lingers.
The mu-X's sturdy frame, like a trusted friend, exudes a sense of security and confidence. As we ventured into the bustling city of Johannesburg, it effortlessly tackled Jozi’s infamous potholes and uneven roads. Although its suspension may not be as refined as that of the new Ford Everest, it admirably absorbed every bump and dip, making for a comfortable and composed ride.
Beyond its robust exterior, the mu-X boasts an array of features designed to enhance the overall driving experience. Advanced safety technologies provided me with reassuring peace of mind, while the intuitive infotainment system kept my phone connected and preferred media playing throughout the journey. This vehicle seamlessly integrates modern amenities into rugged ladder-frame underpinnings, ensuring both convenience and a sense of ruggedness on the road.
Inside the cabin, the mu-X range aims to offer a high level of luxury and refinement. Standard leather seats replace the cloth previously used on the lower-spec models, enhancing comfort and style. LS models are equipped with front- and rear parking sensors to aid parking and manoeuvrability in tight spaces. Top-spec LSE model now feature an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, offering drivers fingertip control of the six-speed automatic ’box.
The 2023 Isuzu mu-X range showcases a subtle, but effective update that’s sure to heighten its appeal with prospective buyers. The 3,0-litre line-up now features five models, including the 3,0 LS, 3,0 LSE, and the range-topping Onyx 4x4. New to the line-up are the 3,0 LSE 4x4 and value-oriented 1,9 LS, offering more options to suit their needs and budgets.
Pricing for the new mu-X range reflects its relative value in the segment. The LS 4x2 model starts at R784 300, delivering an impressive package at an accessible price point. The base Ford Everest 4x2, for example, comes in at R832 400.
The LS 4x4 variant, offering enhanced off-road capabilities, is priced at R867 600. For those interested in the LSE models, the 4x2 version is available for R826 200, while the 4x4 LSE comes in at a price of R909 500. Finally, the range-topping mu-X Onyx, boasting the pinnacle of features and luxury, is priced just under a million rand, at R928 100.
With the expanded line-up and a range of price points, the Isuzu mu-X caters to a wide range of customers, ensuring everyone can find a model that suits their needs and budget. Whether that is the affordable and capable LS models or the luxurious and fully equipped Onyx, there is a mu-X variant that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
The sleek exterior design of the new Mu-X seems unchanged from its predecessor – however, upon closer inspection, one can notice the dark Magnetite finishes adorning the radiator grille, front and rear bumpers, fog-lamp bezels, roof rails, and side steps. These subtle, but attractive changes distinguish this new model from its forebear for those with a well-trained eye.
The LS models now sport 18- inch alloy wheels, upgraded from the previous 17-inch versions, accompanied by a matching full-size alloy spare wheel. The LSE and Onyx models, on the other hand, now boast new 20-inch machined alloy wheels, elevating their kerb appeal. The LSE and Onyx models also offer remote-start functionality and a power tailgate with a new step sensor integrated in the rear bumper, enhancing convenience and accessibility. The step sensor provides hands-free access to the rear luggage compartment, while remote start allows drivers to pre-cool or warm the cabin from a distance.
In the realm of rugged and dependable SUVs, the Isuzu Mu-X stands tall as a name that evokes admiration and respect thanks to its tried-and-trusted drivetrain. The subtle, effective facelift applied to the Mu-X is a testament to Isuzu’s commitment to continuous improvement, and the addition of the base 1,9 LS should allow for new customers to join the brand. While maintaining its iconic silhouette, the revised design elements add a touch of refinement and modernity, setting it apart from more conservatively styled competitors.
With its expanded line-up and enhanced features, Isuzu’s Mu-X is poised to capture the hearts of more enthusiasts who value reliability, durability, and a spirit of adventure, but only time will tell if it can make a meaningful dent in the sales figures of its far more popular rivals.
01 LSE and Onyx-models now have a hands-free powered tailgate with step sensor. 02 A neat detail within the LED headlamp housing. 03 Fresh 20-inch wheels look good, but won't aid offroad performance.
01 Exterior trim now incorporates darker finishes, replacing the chrome from before. 02 The 9-inch infotainment system isn't as slick as the best in class. 03 Quality leather steering wheel is a pleasure to hold, with easy-to-use buttons. 04 Bold design and sheer size makes it hard to miss
TECHNICAL DATA 2024 Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LSE 4X4
- Price: R909 500
- Engine: 3.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Max Power: 140 kW @ 3600rpm
- Max Torque: 450 N.m @ 1600–2600rpm
- 0-62/0–100 km/h: 11.0 sec
- Top speed: 110mph/175 km/h*
- Fuel Consumption: 9,1 L/100 km*
- CO2 emissions: 199 g/km*
- Rivals: Ford Everest, Mahindra Scorpio-N, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport,
- + Both rugged and refined, the solid recipe continues
- — Tangible updates are hard to spot for the untrained eye