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2017 Isuzu MU-X arrives in Australia, gets 6sp, Euro 5 engine

February 10, 2017

Coinciding with the launch of the 2017 Isuzu D-Max, Isuzu Ute Australia has also introduced the MY16.5 MU-X heavy-duty SUV.

The MY16.5 misses out on the LED-infused high-tech headlights that feature on the D-Max update, but it does come with a revised front end and grille area, and an updated interior.

Inside, passengers can play with a new touch-screen interface for the first time in the MU-X. This brings in a range of connectivity functions, while significantly improving the MU-X’s on-board entertainment and practicality. All variants get a rear-view camera too.

Under the bonnet is where you’ll find the biggest news though. There lies a heavily overhauled 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. It has been given a variable geometry turbo, diesel particulate filter, and some new internals, all helping it to pass Euro 5 emissions restrictions. Outputs are rated at 130kW and 430Nm (up 50Nm from before).

Behind the engine is a new six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. This is the first time the MU-X has been offered with a six-speed, bringing it up to the segment standards and helping to improve fuel economy.

The MU-X official showroom entry will take place on March 1. Head over to our Australian launch review here for more info. See below for starting prices (excluding on-road costs):

4×2
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-M auto – $41,800 (up $1300)
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-U auto – $43,800 ($1300)
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-T auto – $47,500 (up $1300)

4×4
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-M manual – $47,000 (up $1300)
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-M auto – $49,100 (up $1300)
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-U manual – $49,000 (up $1300)
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-U auto – $51,100 (up 1300)
MY2016.5 Isuzu MU-X LS-T auto – $54,800 (up $1300)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.