2019 Isuzu D-Max & MU-X now on sale, 6-year warranty

The ute and 7-seat SUV segments are about to get even fizzier with the Australia arrival of the 2019 Isuzu D-Max and MU-X. These make their official debut this week.

So, what’s new? Well, the 2019 D-Max comes in for a new front bumper bar with redesigned grille areas. New side steps are also installed on most crew cab (dual-cab) variants, and there’s fresh alloy wheels for most as well. In the case of the top LS-T variant, the wheels are wrapped in a new 255/60R18 Toyo highway terrain tyre for better on-road dynamics.

No major changes are made to the interior. All continue with the 7.0-inch touch-screen media interface which comes with some in-built apps, including Bluetooth phone connectivity, and some models come with sat-nav and a rear-view camera. There is, however, no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Push-button start with a proximity key has been added to the top LS-T variant.

As for the 2019 MU-X, it does come with a revised steering system. The hydraulic rack and pinion setup has been recalibrated to offer a lighter feel in slow-speed conditions, while offering tactile feedback at medium to higher speed scenarios. Isuzu UTE Australia managing director, Hiroyasu Sato, said:

“Recalibrating the MU-X steering to require lighter inputs while manoeuvring at low speeds, whilst retaining the sturdy firm feedback at medium to high speeds has given the 
MU-X the best of both worlds.”

The MU-X also comes with some piano black interior trim updates for the door trims, and new ambient lighting for the top LS-T. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert is also now available as an option. However, autonomous emergency braking is still missing, along with adaptive cruise control.

Like the D-Max, the new MU-X also gets an updated front bumper bar, as well as new-look 18-inch alloy wheels for the LS-U and LS-T variants. The machined-face wheels feature a matt black centre cap and dark inner-spokes.

No hardware changes are made under the bonnet of either model. The trusty 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder kicks on as is, producing 130kW and 430Nm, matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, depending on the model.

Perhaps the biggest news for the MY2019 update is the introduction of Isuzu’s new 6-year/150,000km warranty package, which also includes 6 years roadside assistance and 7 years capped-price servicing. The servicing package is particularly impressive for the D-Max ute, which means scheduled servicing is capped in price up to 105,000km. The total price for servicing ends up being $3600 over the course of seven years.

The 2019 Isuzu D-Max and 2019 Isuzu MU-X are on sale as of today, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs). You can head over to our first Australian drive review from the media launch event here for more info.

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.