Isuzu Thailand has officially unveiled the latest generation of the Isuzu mu-X. The newest iteration of the popular SUV now has more safety and convenience features than ever before. The Japanese brand has chosen to give the vehicle a more premium look with more elegant styling cues. While it may look at home in the city the Isuzu mu-X still has what it takes to go off-roading with new features that will help you keep traction.
The 2021 Isuzu mu-X now comes with a more streamlined shape. If the previous generation was all about angles, this newest iteration is more on the curvy side. It still carries with it the sharp headlight design theme of its predecessor, however, the newest versions are now smaller and less aggressive looking than before. It also comes with a new multi-layer grille that takes design cues from the older model. This gives the vehicle a bit of a throwback to the iconic shape of its predecessor.
Moving on to the side of the all-new mu-X and not much is happening. The fenders are noticeably wider than the older model and it now comes with a waiver beltline. A new set of alloy wheels are present with the vehicle giving it a more refined look. It now has a sloping roofline as well as windows that gradually decrease in height as they approach the D-pillar. There is no floating roofline for the vehicle as the Japanese brand has chosen to go with a different design choice.
At the rear, the mu-X is now more chiseled than before. While it still comes with a snub rear end, the tail lamps have been redesigned. The new tail lights now come in a clear housing with a single red line that runs from either side acting as the brake and parking light. Right under them are the new signal lights and reflectors. Just like in its previous iteration, the all-new mu-X still has its reverse lights located on the lower bumper.
As it shares the same layout as its brother the Isuzu D-max, the all-new mu-X also receives the same refined dashboard. It now comes with a black, gray, and brown interior theme, with leather being the seat and cabin accent material of choice. Similar to its predecessor, glossy plastic can be found near the gear shifter. Another design element that has been carried over from the previous model was the addition of ambient lighting.
Aside from this, the all-new SUV comes with a new set of switch-type climate controls as well as new dual-zone climate control capabilities. The upgrades for the new model don’t stop there as it now comes with a 9-inch infotainment system that grants it access to smartphone mirroring technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
When it comes to safety Isuzu has given the mu-X a serious upgrade. It now comes with the Japanese brand’s own Matrix Safety Intelligence which gives the vehicle access to new safety features. These new features include a new 3D imaging stereo camera, manual speed limiter, full-speed range adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedal misapplication mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, multi-collision brake, and parking aid system.
Standard safety features for the all-new SUV give it 6 airbags, hill start assist, hill descent control, electronic stability control, and a traction control system along with ABS with EBD.
Power and chassis
Under the hood, the all-new Isuzu mu-X comes with the same motors available with its stablemate, the Isuzu D-max. It now comes with an uprated 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine that makes 190hp and 450 Nm of torque. This puts the SUV on par with the rest of its competitors. For the lower variants, they come powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 150hp and 350 Nm of torque.
For its newest generation, Isuzu has given the all-new mu-X an update to its suspension. It comes with independent double-wishbone suspension at the front, 5-link suspension at the rear, along with coil springs all around.
While there is no word yet as to when the all-new Isuzu mu-X will be entering the Philippine market, we can expect it to arrive soon after the new Isuzu D-max makes its arrival in the country. We estimate that it will make its debut in the country in the latter half of 2021 or within the first half of 2022.