2016.5 Isuzu MU-X review


The Isuzu MU-X has received a minor update, tagged '2016.5' by Isuzu, because there really haven't been a lot of changes. It also poses the question, will there be a more significant update for 2017?

Isuzu is staying quiet on that front, so let's take a look at what a 16.5MY upgrade actually entails. The biggest change is the overhauled 3.0-litre four cylinder turbo-diesel engine.

Based on feedback from Australian customers and dealers, the Euro 5 compliant engine features new-design pistons, fuel injectors, fuel supply pump, turbocharger, a diesel particulate diffuser (DPD), and more. We are the first market in the world to have the MU-X and D-Max with this engine and, though power output remains the same at 130kW, torque is up 50Nm to 430Nm. To improve towing performance, peak torque is now available through a wider rev range.

There are also two new transmissions, an Aisin six-speed automatic and an Isuzu-built six-speed manual, additional sound and vibration insulation, hill-descent control is now standard across the range - as are rear-view cameras and rear parking sensors, thanks to the inclusion of the safety features as standard on the base model. Read more...

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16 Feb 2017


By Tegan Lawson