The 2020 Isuzu MU-X debuts as a bigger and better-equipped iteration of its predecessor, with significantly better styling.
Isuzu had unveiled a heavily updated D-Max V-Cross last year with a very impressive design. And today, the Japanese marque has chosen one of its biggest markets – Thailand – to unveil its updated seven-seater SUV, the MU-X. The MU-X is based on the D-Max V-Cross but it gets a host of premium styling cues to make it more appealing to private SUV buyers.
Compared to the outgoing MU-X, the new version is longer (by 25mm), wider (by 10mm) and taller (by 35mm). The increased length has also benefitted the wheelbase, which has also gone up by 10mm. In terms of looks, the new model is a big step-up over the current-gen model, courtesy of a new and very sharp-looking face. The changes made to the front are headlined by new Bi-LED projector headlamps with integrated DRLs, a new twin-slat grille and a revised bumper layout. The side profile has been improved with bigger wheels (17-20 inch options). Inside, the revised interior of the MU-X has also been inspired by the D-Max V-Cross'.
In terms of features, Isuzu has added some additional premium options like an electric parking brake and a powered tailgate. Apart from - or the Bi-LED headlamps, the list also includes two options for the infotainment touchscreen (7- or 9-inch unit), a 4.2-inch MID in the instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button stop/start, ambient lighting, etc.
The new MU-X will go on sale in Thailand next month and there will be two diesel engine options to choose from – a 3.0-litre unit and a smaller 1.9-litre version. There will be both 4x2 and 4x4 configuration options, with the latter available only on the bigger 3.0-litre variants. Gearbox choices include a conventional six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic.
As of now, there are no signs of Isuzu planning to bring the new MU-X to India in its BS6 avatar and whenever the Japanese marque plans on bringing these updated models here, the updated D-Max V-Cross could be the first model to arrive from the revised line-up.