SUV adds to Isuzu clout
The new 3.0L 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power turbo-diesel powerplant is mated with a new Aisin AWR6B45 sixspeed automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter or a six-speed manual gearbox designed by Isuzu.
A sequential shift mode in the auto allows the driver to select gears on demand, giving the driver the same level of control as in a manual transmission.
The new automatic incorporates a lock-up torque converter, which raises transmission efficiency in second to sixth gear when a certain speed is reached, improving fuel efficiency.
All MU-Xs are fitted with six airbags, anti-skid brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control, traction control and emergency brake assist, as well as hill start assist and hill descent control.
Cabins are made of high tensile steel for strength and rigidity to create a tough passenger safety cell. Height adjustable head restraints are fitted for all occupants, along with dual pre-tensioners with load limiters for the front seatbelts and IsoFix child restraint points in the second row.
A quiet passenger environment is the result of improvements to NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels, due to the addition of new insulation to the dash console, transmission tunnel, windscreen seal, firewall and floorpan.
With the turbo spooling away, the two-tonne-plus SUV is no slouch off the mark, while longdistance cruising would appear to hold little or no passenger trepidation.
Bespoke suspension and generous ground clearance mean the MU-X is cut out for serious offroading, while hill descent control helps the driver maintain a constant low speed when going down steep slopes, or on slippery surfaces.
Isuzu is increasingly making inroads in the large SUV segment in Australia and the major upgrades to the new MU-X indicate this is not going to taper off.
The new Isuzu MU-X is having a solid go at the competitive Australian SUV market.