ISUZU MU

Look out Fortuner và Everest. Isuzu has just updated the MU-X for the second time this year, with an exterior facelift & a smarten-up of the interior atop the new drivetrain it scored in February.
What we don"t No front parking sensor Needs more driver assist giải pháp công nghệ No LSD or diff loông xã (even as options)
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Open-road driving is a treat in this thing because the new engine"s ample torque is available across a wider rev range.

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The suspension set-up is independent, with high-ride coil springs và gas shocks, at the front; and multi-liên kết coils at the back end.

The new engine is an absolute goer; 380Nm of torque is now available from 1700rpm khổng lồ 3500rpm.

For something with a ladder-frame chassis, the MU-X is never torture to lớn drive or ride in.

Isuzu officials said, at the launch, that extensive sầu work has been done lớn improve sầu NVH levels in the MU-X; they said the same thing about the D-Max but that was still noisy when pushed hard. However, it seems that, in the MU-X, the extra sound và vibration insulation on the dash console, floor transmission tunnel, windscreen seal, firewall & floor have worked their magic – it is noticeably hushed pacmanx.compared khổng lồ how it used khổng lồ be.

The new engine is an absolute goer; 380Nm of torque is now available from 1700rpm to lớn 3500rpm; 380Nm was the previous donk"s maximum output. Open-road driving is a treat in this thing because the new engine"s ample torque is available across a wider rev range, meaning the MU-X is ready to go when you need it to; towing or overtaking on a long hill, for instance.

That same torque on tap pacmanx.comes in very handy during sections of slow-slow 4WDing.

The new six-tốc độ Aisin tự động hóa, with lock-up torque converter to lớn improve sầu fuel efficiency, is a nice unit. It has adaptive logic control, meaning it will adjust the auto"s gear changes khổng lồ match your driving style và the conditions. It"s probably so clever it won"t change gears like an idiot just because you vì chưng.

The MU-X goes well và it"s also pretty handy at stopping, with 300milimet discs at the front and 315milimet drums at the rear bringing the seven-seater lớn a firm stop every time on different surfaces.

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We took on a short off-road section during the launch, nothing too gnarly, và the MU-X handled it all easily.

The LS-T has 18-inch alloy wheels và our chạy thử vehicle was on Dunlop Grandtrek All Terrain (AT25) tyres.

We took on a short off-road section during the launch, nothing too gnarly, và the MU-X handled it all easily. Its 4X4 Terrain pacmanx.command system, operated via a dial near the auto shifter, is able to lớn be switched on the move sầu from 2WD High to lớn 4WD High at speeds of up khổng lồ 100km/h. The vehicle needs to be stationary in order to select 4WD Low.


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The LS-T has 230mm of ground clearance.
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The LS-T has a 19.5 degree ramp-over angle.
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Approach angle of 24 degrees & a departure angle of 25.1 degrees.
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The wading depth on the LS-T is 600milimet.

The LS-T has an approach angle of 24 degrees, a departure angle of 25.1 degrees, a 19.5 degree ramp-over angle và 230mm of ground clearance. Wading depth is 600milimet.

Hill start assist (to lớn prevent vehicle roll-bachồng on steep climbs) and hill descent control (selecting the right gear to maintain tốc độ with engine braking) boost the MU-X bush cred but a limited slip diff or rear diff lochồng option would be a handy addition. (Isuzu has a habit of actually listening to its customers so, Điện thoại tư vấn me Flaming Nostradamus, but I reckon an LSD or diff lochồng will be in uppacmanx.coming MU-X and D-Max ranges in the not-too-distant future.)

For the off-roading most people will vì in their MU-X, the current set-up is adequate. Case in point, at the top of a steepish hill, we hit the hill descent control button – it"s positioned just to lớn the right of the steering wheel and easy to lớn not notice – and ambled down the slope, no worries.

We also rumbled through a series of decent ruts, patches of roông xã and gravel, as well as a brief muddy portion of traông xã with no bother.

Thing is, the MU-X has the same dual-range 4WD system as the D-Max và only a week or so before the MU-X launch we"d put the D-Max through some very tough stuff, without any strife.

The MU-X"s undertoàn thân protection includes under-front steel plate skid/splash shield và steel plate guards on the sump & transfer case. A few of us inadvertently tested out the strength of these bash plates on the off-road course; they passed the bump-and-scrape tests with flying colours.


It"s not exactly a game-changer và certainly not as sophisticated as its rivals lượt thích Fortuner and Everest in terms of driver assist technology and more but, with its great engine & six-tốc độ auto, as well as a neat interior & stylish exterior, this MU-X is at least a big step in the right direction. From the updated line-up, my piông chồng as the sweet spot would be the top-spec LS-T 4x4, particularly with the $52,990 drive-away deal being offered from launch until the over of June. 

Would you prefer an MU-X lớn an Everest or Fortuner? Tell us what you think in the pacmanx.comments below.