A few weeks ago, we are able to capture a truck along SLEX carrying what seems to be the all-new 2022 Isuzu Mu-X. We were definitely sure that its launch is destined to happen sooner rather than later, and it seems that’s indeed the case as the company has officially teased its impending local launch.
The recent announcement has been confirmed through the Japanese automaker’s Facebook page and also a microsite that allows interested customers to be notified once reservations have been opened.
From the photos we took a few weeks ago, we can definitely confirm that a fully-loaded variant will be offered based on its 20-inch alloy wheels and full LED exterior lighting elements. This variant is also expected to feature the brand’s new suite of stereoscopic camera-based advanced driver-assist systems. Expect 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. Of course, lower variants will feature smaller alloy wheels or even a reduction in the amount of advanced driver assist systems being offered.
As for the interior, the all-new 2022 Isuzu Mu-X shares quite a lot in common with the D-Max, though expect a few more premium trims as this is definitely a family-oriented SUV. The all-new Isuzu Mu-X also gets a number of firsts for the Isuzu brand, such as an electronic parking brake with auto hold and a powered tailgate on the fully-loaded variants. Just like the D-Max, features such as a touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with an 8-speaker sound system will definitely be offered on higher-end variants.
Since the 2022 Isuzu Mu-X is basically an SUV version of the D-Max, it rides on that pickup’s all-new body-on-frame chassis that is highly rigid. Thanks to the new independent front double-wishbone suspension and five-link rear suspension with solid axles and coil springs, ride and handling should also improve. All Mu-Xs will feature 235 mm of ground clearance, 800 mm water wading depth, and the option of a 4×4 variant with hopefully a rear locking differential for our market.
In Thailand, the 2022 Isuzu Mu-X is powered by 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. Based on Isuzu’s past offering with the Mu-X, it’s also safe to say that our market will be getting both engines.
It seems we don’t have to wait long before the all-new 2022 Isuzu Mu-X is revealed. We suspect that due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), its local launch has been delayed.