2025 Isuzu MU-X revealed with polarising new face

Posted on June 12, 2024Comments Off on 2025 Isuzu MU-X revealed with polarising new face

The facelifted 2025 Isuzu MU-X has been revealed, with the Thai-market SUV previewing visual and technology updates likely to filter to Australian-market models.

Its mid-life facelift comes four years after the current-generation Isuzu MU-X entered production, and just a handful of months after its D-Max ute twin also scored numerous updates.

“The facelifted MU-X recently unveiled in Thailand on 12th June is a specification limited to vehicles produced for that market and subsequently we are not in a position to comment on that vehicle or market,” an Isuzu Ute Australia spokesperson told CarExpert

“We are also unable to share comment on future model plans, timings or specifications for future Australian spec vehicles. As soon as we have confirmed information, we will share this with the market.”

As the MU-X is a top 20 model in the Australian sales race, however, it seems likely we’ll get the updated version.

The updated D-Max arrived Down Under seven months after its Thai debut, which suggests we could be looking at a 2025 launch for the facelifted MU-X.

In Thailand, the SUV has scored a major front end overhaul, with new headlights, a completely different grille design, fog light surrounds and lower radiator intake among the changes.

Though its rear design is largely unchanged, the tail lights are now joined by full-width trim across the tailgate, forcing the adoption of a smaller Isuzu badge.

Inside, there’s an updated 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen across all grades, up from the 7.0-inch unit in the base MU-X LS-M, and now incorporating physical buttons.

This system can support wireless Android Auto in addition to the existing wireless Apple CarPlay functionality.

A 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster on highly equipped models replaces the 4.2-inch central display of the current model.

Analogue dials are still present, but they’re smaller to accommodate the larger screen.

The interior upholstery has also been revised, with ‘Truffle Brown’ leather available on certain high-end variants.

Rear cross-traffic assist replaces the detection system on current examples, and is capable of applying the brakes when an object is in its path.

There’s also a surround-view camera instead of a simple reversing camera.

Thailand models also score safety features previously seen on Australian models, such as lane-keep and lane-centring assist.

It appears there are no changes under the bonnet, with a choice of two turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines powering the MU-X lineup.

The 1.9-litre continues to produce 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, while the 3.0-litre develops 140kW and 450Nm.

Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions, and are available in both 4×2 and 4×4 guise.

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