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This is it, folks – prices and specs of the Malaysian-spec Isuzu MU-X have been revealed. The D-Max-based seven-seat SUV is available here in 4X2 and 4X4 variants. The order books open today ahead of deliveries in end-May.

No matter which variant you choose, the 2.5 litre VGS four-cylinder turbodiesel with common-rail direct-injection from the D-Max lurks under the bonnet, providing the same 136 PS at 3,400 rpm and 320 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm. The gearbox is a five-speed auto with manual mode.

Standard across the range are projector headlamps, fog lamps, roof rails, dual airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC and traction control. Inside, you’ll find second-row Isofix, three-point seat belts for all occupants, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and hands-free controls, plus leather seats (driver’s seat is six-way power-adjustable).

The second row is split 60:40; the third 50:50, and there are second- and third-row vents with blower control. Suspension is handled by double wishbones up front and a five-link setup out back (instead of the D-Max’s leaf springs); brakes are front ventilated discs and rear solid discs.

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How does one tell the variants apart? Well, the 4X2 rolls on 245/70 R16 alloys; the 4X4 on 255/65 R17s. The 4X2 also doesn’t have the 4X4’s LED DRLs, rear spoiler and tailpipe finisher. Inside the 4X4, you’ll find cruise control, auto air-con (4X2 has manual air-con), Terrain Command 4WD, anti-pinch for the driver’s window, a cargo organiser box and a tonneau cover – all of which are not on the 4X2.

The 4X2 gets a 2-DIN audio system with CD, USB, Bluetooth and six speakers, but the 4X4 has a Blaupunkt touch-screen that adds DVD, MirrorLink, WiFi, navigation and a reverse camera. The 4X4 also gets a roof-mounted rear monitor and four-cell reverse sensors (two-cell for 4X2).

Fully-imported (CBU) from Thailand, the Isuzu MU-X is priced at RM151,945 for the 4X2 and RM164,970 for the 4X4, OTR with insurance and GST. A three-year/100,000 km warranty is offered. Rivals include the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and new Ford Everest, which will be here before the year is up.

Isuzu MU-X 4X4

Isuzu MU-X preview at Alamanda Putrajaya