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Isuzu MU-X First

Although Isuzu is the tenth auto manufacturer in the world, its car footprint in Australia is very due in part to a single-model line-up, the ute. Its new wagon sibling, the is hoping to grow that a little larger.

Why we re driving it:

It s not that an Australian marque the size of its model line-up in one swoop, but Isuzu Ute Australia has just that with the of the MU-X (pronounced mue by its Thai On the back of the brand s largely D-Max ute (on track to sell 10,000 units this the MU-X shares dimensions and with Holden s so-far Colorado7, a result of shared when Isuzu built the ute as a CKD (complete knock-down) product for GM. the Isuzu succeed where the hasn t?

The Basics

The D-Max and MU-X share three identical panels — the bonnet and doors — and the wagon is shorter than the ute, to wheel. Its development started in as a replacement of the MU-7, an SUV sold in markets worldwide. Featuring s 3.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine, it produces 130kW and

This is mated to a five-speed or automatic transmission.

Interestingly, are lower numbers that its obvious rival, the Holden which makes 147kW and of torque. The Holden is only with a six-speed automatic. to the Colorado7, however, the Isuzu its maximum torque figure and holds onto it longer. to Isuzu, this is an intentional that s designed to increase the and engine life of the car. believes the engine will be for 500,000km if looked after

Bucking the trend of its rivals, will also offer two versions for those who want the and space, but don t need the off-road

Isuzu is hoping to receive a ANCAP safety rating for the new and has paid close attention to safety features as a result. are six airbags, including curtain that protect all three of seats. There s a long of the usual passive safety rear park assist is across the line and a there s a camera for the top-spec LS-T

The middle row of seats is fitted both ISOFIX child anchors and top tethers.

For those with a four-wheel-drive the MU-X is well equipped. with a low-range transfer with a 2.482:1 ratio, and on a ladder-frame chassis with a coil sprung rigid axle, it s built with of the toughness of older off-roaders. it s equipped with ESC and traction both can be disabled in low-range while hill ascent and control is standard. All of the underside and bash plates are steel, and the sump and transfer case. could be an issue for four-wheel is the small 65-litre fuel and underdone roof load of 60kg.

Its towing capacity is at three tonnes.

Inside, things are good. The quality of fit and is nice, and there s a modern of comforts, including climate-controlled air to all three rows of seats in the LS-M), electric windows and a with full Bluetooth Isuzu (and GM, mind persist with a micro-USB for media devices, however, means finding an adaptor for

First Impressions

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Off-road (we the vehicle at Isuzu 4×4 in Thailand), the MU-X is settled and Wheel travel in the rear end is good thanks to the five-link end and, if treated right, the control will help you out of difficulties. The short first in both manual and automatic combines well with the gearing to provide good braking, while the hill control will further the automatic.

Driven on steep angles (40 degrees), the car felt and well-mannered. Thankfully, the suspension does a good job of softening the harshness of rough and rocky

On road (we tested the vehicle at Bridgestone s tyre testing in Thailand), the car is unsurprisingly SUV-like. The of suspension we enjoyed off-road to a manageable amount of body although the steering is much direct than some of the established SUVs getting (LandCruiser, Patrol and Pajero, for

Inside, cabin noise is although there s no escaping the of the engine. Like the Colorado7, is still based on a commercial It s comfortable, though, and the second row of has enough room for an adult. even widened the seat gap on the front seats to provide foot room.

The third row is a child-only proposition, and while the do stow down to provide room, it could have executed better. They added-on, rather than

What do we think?

The MU-X is a four-wheel-drive. It s not overly powerful and it s not agile, but it is the most affordable four-wheel drive on the market Isuzu is marketing these as affordable, tough and reliable for adventure.

On early impressions, seems to be exactly what are.

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