Isuzu has just launched its highly-anticipated next-generation 2021 Isuzu Mu-X. All-new from the ground up, the D-Max-based midsize SUV (also considered as a pickup-based passenger vehicle or PPV in Thailand) features a more dynamic exterior design, a more sophisticated interior, and a number of new features that aim to make the all-new Mu-X even more competitive.
From the outside, the all-new 2021 Isuzu Mu-X’s design is a radical departure from the previous model. Isuzu’s popular PPV now features a more rounded silhouette. The all-new sheet metal is characterized by its bold grille that’s flanked by a pair of sleek LED headlights. The side profile features a curved rear window design that gives an illusion of having a coupe-like roofline. Moving towards the back, and you’ll see a large Isuzu badge at the rear tailgate. There’s also a pair of sleek LED taillights that cast a striking glow at night. Higher-end variants feature a power liftgate, automatic high beam for the LED headlights, among other high-end features.
Step inside the Mu-X, and you’ll see an interior that’s significantly more premium than what the previous model offered. There’s a generous serving of stitched details along with saddle brown leather upholstery on the high-end variant. Further uplifting the mood is an available 8-speaker sound system and ambient LED lighting. Lastly, there’s a large 8-inch touch screen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Under the hood of the next-generation 2021 Isuzu Mu-X s a new 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX BluePower diesel engine that now produces 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque, an increase of 13 hp and 70 Nm over the outgoing 4JJ1-TCX. The 1.9-liter RZ4E-TC engine is an all-new engine, but it still produces 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the rear or all four wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, with the manual only being available in the 1.9-liter engine.
Isuzu is also equipping the all-new Mu-X with its suite of advanced driver-assist systems. Called Matrix Safety Intelligence, the system uses stereoscopic cameras at the front and a rear-facing radar to enable features such as full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.
The all-new 2021 Isuzu Mu-X will go on sale in Thailand this November, while a Philippine launch will probably happen late next year or early 2022.