The Isuzu MU-X, a D-Max-based seven-seat SUV, is set to enter the Malaysian market sometime this year, Isuzu Malaysia COO Daisuke Ishida has told

At this year’s Isuzu Dura Mission event in Sabah, Ishida told our sister site that our MU-X will be fully-imported (CBU) from Thailand, and that only one variant will be introduced here. He declined to divulge more details, however.

Based on the second-gen D-Max pick-up truck, the Isuzu MU-X succeeded the MU-7, which was built on the bones of the first-gen D-Max. It is on sale today in Thailand, Australia and the Philippines.

Related to the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Holden Colorado 7, the MU-X debuted in 2013 in Thailand, where it is available with 136 hp/320 Nm 2.5 litre and 177 hp/380 Nm 3.0 litre engines, both variable geometry-turbocharged diesels.

The Land of Smiles can also choose between two- and four-wheel drive, five-speed manual or five-speed auto ‘boxes. The D-Max’s Terrain Command 4WD features here – you can switch between 4×2 and 4×4 at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Available equipment includes a seven-inch Media Solutions DVD touch-screen, eight speakers, keyless entry and start, combination leather upholstery, auto air-con and a reverse camera – we wonder how many of these we’ll get. Will our MU-X give the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the upcoming Ford Everest a run for their money?