SUV adds to Isuzu clout

South Western Times - - Wheels -

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.

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