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New SUV from Isuzu: Here's how much the mu-X costs in SA

2018-05-10 10:55

Image: Isuzu Motors SA

Isuzu Motors South Africa is marking the brand’s return to the rapidly growing SUV segment with the highly-anticipated debut of its seven-seater mu-X.

The mu-X is the first vehicle to be launched under the newly established Isuzu Motors South Africa. Although the 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.

GALLERY: 2018 Isuzu mu-X

The mu-X is powered by Isuzu’s proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel diesel engine that produces 130kW/380Nm. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which has a sequential sport mode. Two models are available with the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 derivatives.

And the price? The mu-X 4X2 retails for R568 000 and the 4x4 variant costs R629 100.

The four-wheel drive version uses Isuzu’s 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.

Features

LED daytime running lights and Bi-LED projector headlights, with autolevelling, is standard on both models. It’s fitted with aluminium side-steps, 18” alloy wheels, privacy glass and LED rear combination lights. It seats seven and has with folding centre and rear rows.

Inside

The electronic climate control system caters for front and rear occupants – the latter having access to their own cooling vents for added comfort. The multi-function infotainment unit has a 9” colour touchscreen display with satnav, DVD and MP3-compatible CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming.

Image: Isuzu Motors SA

The infotainment unit has 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 as standard

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. It has keyless entry and start system, along with touch sensor opening and push-button locking functions on the door releases.

Safety

Safety features include ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), 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.

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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 9” full colour display, while a factory-fitted immobiliser and alarm system is standard fitment.

Customise your mu-X

Customers have access to a wide range of accessories including 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 chromed trim adornments for the tailgate and front fog lights.

History of Isuzu SUVs

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 pickups for over 40 years.

Price:

Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4X2 AT6-  R 568 000

Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4x4 AT6 - R 629 100

The Isuzu mu-X is sold standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year or 120 000km warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year or unlimited km anticorrosion warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000km months. Extended cover can also be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans Model range.

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