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Isuzu launches the new mu-X: a pickup vehicle

Isuzu launches the new mu-X: a pickup vehicle

Isuzu launches the new mu-X: the full model changed for the first time in seven years. Isuzu Motors Limited will start selling the full model-changed mu-X, a passenger pickup vehicle (PPV), on Nov. 9.

The Isuzu mu-X is a variant of the Isuzu D-MAX, a pickup truck which was full model changed last year. Its body-on-frame construction, a unique PPV feature, is highly evaluated for its rough road running performance, durability, and towing capability, the ASEAN region, and enjoys high customer ratings in more than 60 countries around the world. The high evaluation for the Isuzu mu-X includes the reception of the Car of the Year Best PPV Award two consecutive years since 2019, and also the PPV Product Innovation Award in 2020.

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This full model transformation is based on the engineering concept of Robust and Exclusive. With the aim to deliver customers the pleasure of owning the new mu-X through enhancing the comfort and luxury feel at a level required for a PPV while maintaining Isuzu’s unique strengths: reliable durability; fuel economy; and safety performance.

Isuzu Motors has been focusing on strengthening the LCV business. That was part of the Midterm Business Plan announced in May 2018. With this full model change, Isuzu Motors will launch a product with a wide range of variations that can satisfy the diversified customer needs. Also, boost the sales based upon the business foundation built on the previous Midterm Business Plan, and lead the market in the LCV business category.

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Main features of the new mu-X

Engineering Policy

Core structure: With a lean and rational package layout for the efficient usage of space to balance both habitability and styling, the cabin space, which has been highly evaluated, is even more spacious. By adopting a plastic liftgate, extensive use of high-tensile steel plates, and a streamlined assembly structure, the light, and firm vehicle body is successfully made available.

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Performance: In addition to the reliable durability, fuel economy performance, and towing capability, inherited from D-MAX, in-cabin noise, driving stability, and riding comfort has improved.

Comfort and features: With the enhanced interior touch and feel, and riding comfort in the seats, the new mu-X achieved sufficient habitability and comfortable in-cabin space. New features such as electric parking, brake, and electric liftgate are equipped for improved operability. Additionally, a 20-inch tire is now available as an option.

Styling

The new Isuzu mu-X is engineered with a unique PPV (Passenger Pickup Vehicle) feature of body-on-frame construction, possessing both robustness and luxury feel, to convey the joy and pride of ownership to the customers and make them want to drive endlessly with a sense of exaltation.

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Exterior: With the concept of Emotional and Solid, the new mu-X consists of a body focusing on its underbody strength and a relaxing and elegant cabin, and has a sporty and dignified style. The new mu-X projects a sophisticated premium image because of the Bi-LED projectors installed on the front face, combined with the sharp-looking headlamps and the front grill with detail-oriented formative design. So, the rear end is designed to give an innovative look by the tail lamps with a sharp formative design developed through detail-focused engineering.

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Interior: With the concept of Solid and Elegant, the instrument panel stretches across the cabin with a large-size display located at the center, and consists of an accentuated formative design extending to the right and left, and a seamless formative design from the center cluster to the floor console in order to project a powerful and premium image through its styling unique to PPV.

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In addition to the formative design focusing on details such as the gauges and switches, uncompromising efforts such as the combination of decorative materials were made for the touch and feel of the interior to create a high-quality interior space.

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Summary of changes

Powertrain: The 4 X 4 model is equipped with two types of control modes in the traction control (TCS) with the aim to gain optimal traction based on the road surface condition. In addition to the normal mode used on normal roads. The rough terrain model is available for the driver to be able to run on various types of road surfaces, enhancing its run-through performance, especially on slippery roads.

Rear suspension: The level of roll rigidity has significantly improved in the 5-link rear suspensions, thanks to the elevated roll center by relocating the lateral link, and the enhanced stabilizer by widening its effective width. On top of this, together with the front suspensions engineered in the Isuzu D-MAX development, the driving stability and riding comfort has improved.

Brake: For the rear brake. A disc brake with a motor-on caliper type electric parking brake is standard on all models. It can maintain high braking stability while enhancing the usability by the electric parking brake’s automatic function.

Frame: By optimizing the locations of the cross-members, the torsional rigidity improved, and the weight became lighter. So, the repair cost reduction in the event of a light collision in the vehicle’s rear side. It made possible by using the rear-end cross-member as the bumper beam.

Fuel tank: In addition, the tank capacity increased from 65 to 80 litter, making the cruising distance longer.

Main specifications

Vehicle type: 4X4 AT with 4JJ3 engine.

Specification itemGrade: Ultimate
Overall length(mm)4,850
Overall width(mm)1,870
Overall height(mm)1,875
Wheelbase(mm)2,855
Tread (front/rear)(mm)1,570
Minimum turning radius(m)5.7
Tire265/50R20
Displacement(cc)2,999
Max. power(kW/rpm)140/3,600
Max. torque(Nm/rpm)450/1,600-2,600
Transmission6AT
Vehicle curb mass(kg)2,155
CO2 emissions(g)194

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