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Isuzu releases its second-generation mu-X

The new mu-X boasts a 5-star Ancap rating.

The second-generation Isuzu mu-X boasts bold new styling, a larger and quieter cabin, luxurious materials, and next-generation driver assistance and safety features. “The new mu-X is a massive step up for Isuzu. It represents a shift in how customers will view vehicles in this segment in terms of ride quality, luxury and technology. The new mu-X will not only attract more buyers in this segment but is likely to attract buyers from other segments as well,” said Craig Uren, senior vice president of Isuzu sales and marketing. Aimed at growing families who want a seven-seater that still fits their lifestyle needs, the new mu-X offers comfort and convenience features for up to seven adults with a cabin that is the largest in the segment. New safety and driver assistance features further make driving long distances a breeze. The new mu-X boasts a 5-star Ancap rating. The mu-X will arrive in South Africa with a new version of Isuzu’s formidable three-litre engine matched to a fast shifting six-speed automatic gearbox. Isuzu engineers have paid particular attention to the engine’s performance in three key areas, namely fuel consumption, power and engine noise. Power is now 140kW. Bold new look Viewed from the front, the mu-X communicates precision and solid build quality evidenced by the execution of the new “World Crossflow” front grille and intricate detail of the arrow-shaped Bi-LED headlamps. The headlamps follow an arrow signature design motif with long sharp outlines that further add to the overall high-quality upmarket appearance. The rear end combines an advanced look with an elegant yet solid stance. New tailgate badging harmonises with the new mu-X’s design language and presents a keen and elegant look. All three models have new alloy wheels, with 20-inch wheels fitted to the top-of-the-range ONYX model, LSE models are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and 17-inch wheels on the LS. Larger, more refined cabin Designed and engineered for long cross-country drives, the new Isuzu mu-X has an opulent and elegant cabin atmosphere with room for seven adults. The three-dimensional layout has a solid and elegant design with rich, fine, impressive materials. Gentle, elegant lines are finished with layered soft-touch materials and fine and impressive levels of craftsmanship, which is designed to appeal to all senses. The luxurious atmosphere of the cabin is enhanced at night by the addition of ambient lighting in the door trim and a roof downlight. A new Multi Information Display (MID) provides detailed, easy-to-use menus that control most of the vehicle’s systems. The speedometer and rev counter faces feature a three-dimensional design, while the circumference chrome ring has crystal-like scale divisions reminiscent of high-end watches. ONYX and LSE models have a new seat design with eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, including power lumbar support adjustment in ONYX models. Top-of-the-range models feature heated front seats and four-way power adjustment for the passenger seat. Next-level infotainment and convenience features The new mu-X has a new infotainment system with seven- or nine-inch touchscreen display units, depending on the model. The system has intuitive screen functions along with steering wheel mounted controls for audio and telephone functions, including voice input. ONYX and LSE models have eight speakers, while the LS has six. Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto are standard applications, along with Bluetooth voice and audio streaming, Wi-Fi, integrated mobile handsfree and rear-view camera. Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System (IDAS) makes a debut in the technologically packed range-topping ONYX model. IDAS is a suite of passive and active safety systems that continuously monitor driving conditions and act autonomously to avoid a crash or minimise accident damage. Pricing starts at R693 800 including VAT. All models are covered by the Isuzu Complete Care package with class-leading warranty of five years or 120 000km. The new mu-X is available at Isuzu dealerships nationwide. Source: QuickPic

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