Australian-spec 2022 Isuzu MU-X previewed

Isuzu Ute Australia has sent out some preliminary details of the all-new 2022 Isuzu MU-X seven-seat SUV, which will be unveiled in full in the “coming months”.

The new model brings in a fresh exterior design, carrying over some cues from the new D-Max ute on which it is based. Angled bi-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights are embedded into the revised front bumper bar, with a fresh double-bar horizontal grille in the middle.

Isuzu will be offering up to 20-inch alloy wheels with the 2022 MU-X, giving it a more up-market look, while the rear end, as previously revealed, features wider and thinner taillights, a more seamless bumper bar design, and bolstered rear wheel arches for that muscular stance. Speaking about the new model, Isuzu Ute Australia managing director, Hiroyasu Sato, said:

“While it’s too early to reveal all the details, I’m proud to share that we’ve been working hard to ensure that our all-new Isuzu MU-X combines the latest technology and design with the proven formula of durability and reliability that Australian motorists have come to expect from Isuzu over the years.”

Inside, the 2022 MU-X will finally come with a modern touch-screen media interface, measuring 9.0 inches, offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Like the new D-Max, the materials around the dash and the tones applied are set to really boost quality and provide a more premium look and feel for the popular SUV.

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The new model is also set to carry over a suite of advanced safety technologies from the D-Max, including blind-spot assist, lane-keep assist with automated steering help, and adaptive cruise control with autonomous emergency braking. Expect a rear-view camera as standard, and a plethora of airbags.

As for the powertrain, the completely overhauled 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder ‘4JJ’ engine from the D-Max will no doubt be used. It produces 140kW and 450Nm in the ute, which is up from 130kW and 430Nm in the outgoing models. Both a six-speed manual and auto could be offered, like in the D-Max.

Isuzu Australia confirms it will be offering a special Limited Edition Isuzu G-Shock watch to the first 1500 registered purchasers of the new SUV, which goes on sale in the coming months. Check out the quick preview video below for more.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.