Isuzu dealers in Namibia has confirmed the imminent arrival of the much-anticipated second-generation Isuzu mu-X. Based on the upcoming Isuzu D-MAX bakkie, the introduction of the new mu-X follows the success of the outgoing model which has led the segment for seven years.
The second-generation mu-X boasts bold new styling, a larger and quieter cabin, luxurious materials, and next generation driver assistance and safety features.
“The new mu-X is a massive step-up for Isuzu. It represents a shift in how customers will view vehicles in this segment in terms of ride quality, luxury, and technology. The new mu-X will not only attract more buyers in this segment but is likely to attract buyers from other segments as well,” said Craig Uren, Senior Vice President Isuzu Sales and Marketing.
Aimed at growing families who want a 7-seater that still fits their lifestyle needs, the new mu-X offers comfort and convenience features for up to seven adults with a cabin that is the largest in the segment. New safety and driver assistance features further make driving long distances a breeze.
The new mu-X is one of the safest vehicles on the road with a five-star ANCAP rating. The safety rating is driven by Isuzu’s innovative safety systems such as the addition of a centre airbag between the driver and the front passenger, a world first for the segment. The mu-X also benefits from the use of high tensile steel in key parts of the body structure, making it stronger for better occupant protection and driving performance while being lighter than the outgoing model.
The mu-X is expected to arrive in Namibia by latest early next year with a new version of Isuzu’s formidable three litre engine matched to a fast shifting 6 speed automatic gearbox. Isuzu engineers have paid particular attention to the engine’s performance in three key areas, namely fuel consumption, power, and engine noise. Power is now 140 kW
The new mu-X debuts Isuzu’s new look for its passenger vehicles, an expression of the brand’s bold identity and pursuit of luxury and exclusivity. Viewed from the front, the mu-X communicates precision and solid build quality evidenced by the execution of new “World Crossflow” front grille and intricate detail of the arrow shaped Bi-LED headlamps.
The headlamps follow an arrow signature design motif with long sharp outlines which further add to the overall high-quality upmarket appearance.
The side profile of the mu-X is dominated by a signature line running from front to rear, linking the arrow motif headlamps with the rear light 3D winglets. This powerful character line emphasises the powerful, elegant lines of the body.
The rear end combines an advanced look with an elegant yet solid stance. New tailgate badging harmonises with the new mu-X’s design language and presents a keen and elegant look.
All three models have new alloy wheels, with 20-inch wheels fitted to the top of the range ONYX model, LSE models are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, and 17-inch wheels on the LS.
Eight paint colours, including five new colours are available; Splash White, Dolomite White, ONYX Black, Mercury Silver, Obsidian Gray, Red Spinel, Santos Brown, and Sapphire blue.
Designed and engineered for long cross-country drives, the new Isuzu mu-X has an opulent and elegant cabin atmosphere with room for seven adults. The three-dimensional layout has a solid and elegant design with rich, fine, impressive materials. Gentle elegant lines are finished with layered soft touch materials, fine and impressive level of craftsmanship which is designed to appeal to all senses.
A new Multi Information Display (MID) provides detailed easy to use menus which control most of the vehicle’s systems. The speedometer and rev counter faces feature a three-dimensional design, while the circumference chrome ring has crystal-like scale divisions reminiscent of high-end watches.