Last November, the Isuzu D-Max facelift for the Thai market was revealed, and the rework brought along an updated front fascia and a more premium cabin to the pick-up, as well as a new 1.9 litre Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel engine. Now, it’s the Isuzu MU-X‘s turn to go the refreshed route.
The MU-X gains a number of updates for 2016, led by the inclusion of the 1.9 litre Ddi mill to the model’s line-up. Like on the D-Max facelift, the RZ4E-TC offers 150 PS at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm at 1,800 to 2,600 rpm, with two transmissions choices to pick from, a six-speed manual or a six-speed Rev Tronic automatic.
The 1.9 litre unit replaces the 4JK1-TCX 2.5 litre engine in the Isuzu D-Max/MU-X application. The automaker says that despite the smaller displacement, the new engine is 16 hp more powerful and 30 Nm torquier than the outgoing mill, and it’s also 20% lighter.
As for the 3.0 litre version, no change to the 4JJ1-TCX’s output of 177 PS at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm at 1,800 to 2,800 rpm. Only a single transmission is offered with this one, a six-speed Rev Tronic automatic.
Six MU-X variants are available in Thailand, five of these being two-wheel drive versions, and the range starts from the 1.9 CD 6AT 2WD and 1.9 DVD 6MT 2WD, topping out with the 3.0 DA DVD 6AT 4WD.
Lots of additions to the interior, led by the addition of extra lining material to reduce in-cabin noise levels. As for trim, buyers can pick from Nature Touch decorative wood or gloss Piano Black as well as beige ivory or black leather upholstery, depending on model specification.
The equipment list includes cruise control, an auto dimming rearview mirror with built-in car video recorder, reverse camera and an eight-inch touchscreen audio system (rear passengers get a 10.2-inch screen).
Standard safety kit, available for all variants, consists of ABS with EBD and brake assist, ESC and traction control, hill start assist and dual airbags. In the Kingdom, the MU-X is available in four exterior colour choices, with Grey Iceberg Silver being a new tone introduced on the refresh job.
The 2016 Isuzu MU-X is likely to be showcased at the upcoming Bangkok International Motor Show.