Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - ADVENTURE DRIVE -

The seven-seater MU-X is the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the still pop­u­lar Fron­tier SUV that went on sale here in 1998.

It is pow­ered by Isuzu’s well­proven three-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine. The in­ter­cooled four-pot de­liv­ers 130kW and 380Nm of torque and although it won’t blow your hair back when you floor it, it has plenty of poke. The en­gine’s renowned re­li­a­bil­ity record is a ma­jor sell­ing point, too. Just ask all the Isuzu lovers out there.

The en­gine is mated to a six-speed au­to­matic gear­box that boasts a se­quen­tial sport mode. The 4×4 deriva­tives are fit­ted with Isuzu’s Ter­rain Com­mand 4x4 sys­tem with a dial in the cen­tre con­sole (next to the gear lever) that of­fers op­tions be­tween 2H, 4H and 4Low.

The Isuzu rides on a fully in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion, with a five-link set-up at the back. Stan­dard fare in­cludes alu­minium side-steps, 18-inch al­loy wheels, pri­vacy glass and LED rear com­bi­na­tion lamps.

The cabin – as our fam­i­lies will find out – is a re­ally comfy space. Leather trim is stan­dard for the seats and there’s a prom­i­nent Alpine multi-func­tion in­fo­tain­ment dis­play which lives on the top the dash­board. The unit boasts a nineinch colour screen that pro­vides ac­cess to satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­driod Auto func­tion­al­ity. There are USB ports for front and rear-seat pas­sen­gers, in ad­di­tion to an aux­il­liary iPod in­put and HDMI port.

How­ever, the Alpine unit is an op­tional ex­tra and will add R14 000 to the ask­ing price.

Elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (ESC), trac­tion con­trol (TCS), hill start as­sist (HSA), hill de­scent con­trol (HDC) and ABS brakes with elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion are all stan­dard fare. There are also dual front, side and full length cur­tain airbags.

The Isuzu MU-X comes stan­dard with a five-year/120 000km bumper-to-bumper war­ranty and Isuzu road­side as­sis­tance and a five-year/90 000km ser­vice plan. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are pegged at 15 000km/12 months.

“There’s no need for the mask and the shot­gun... GAS is for free. Pasella, gratis”

Pric­ing is R568 000 for the 4×2 model and R629 100 for the 4×4 de­riv­a­tive.

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