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October 28, 2020

Isuzu Does Their Homework with the 2021 mu-X SUV

Isuzu has finally taken the wraps off the all-new 2021 mu-X. And judging from its design and engineering, they’ve pulled out all the stops to make it a truly class-competitive mid-sized 7-seater SUV.

Compared to the current mu-X, it’s 25 mm longer, 10 mm wider, and 15 mm taller. Its wheelbase has also been stretched by 10 mm. Outside, the all-new mu-X takes a decidedly bold and futuristic approach with a sleek and sporty silhouette. It’s high on tech with LEDs for both head- and taillights and a power tailgate function. It also offers 18 or 20-inch alloy wheels, windshield that offers both UV-A and UV-B protection, and windshield wiper sprayers that are integrated into the wiper arm.

The 2021 mu-X rides on an all-new platform dubbed Dynamic Drive Platform. Like the all-new D-Max, it features ultra-high strength steel in its construction for the first time. The front suspension remains independent double wishbones, while at the back is a coil spring suspension with five links. According to Isuzu, the mu-X can now traverse water up to 800 mm deep.

As for powertrain choices, the mu-X shares them with the D-Max. The base models are powered by a 1.9-liter RZ4E with 150 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX makes 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. All engines are paired with 6-speed gearboxes, with the manual only available with the smaller engine. Only the 3.0-liter is offered with four-wheel drive, and that one comes with Isuzu’s very own Terrain Command system as well as rear diff lockers.

Inside, the mu-X levels up in terms of luxury and convenience features. Aside from the upgraded looks and materials, it’s fitted with features such as a 4.2-inch color TFT display embedded in the instrument cluster, paddle shifters, a PM 2.5 high-efficiency air filtration system, a 9-inch touchscreen with ceiling mounted speakers (there are a total of 8 all around), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 6-way power front passenger seat, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, and much more.

It also gets Isuzu’s Matrix Safety Intelligence driver assist system. Using a pair of stereoscopic cameras, it gives it forward collision warning with auto braking, automatic high beam control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, misacceleration mitigation, and adaptive cruise control with low speed follow and stop & go support. This is on top of the usual 6 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and stability control with hill hold assist.

The Isuzu mu-X goes on sale in Thailand this November with other markets to follow soon thereafter.


  1. Looks more proportioned and better than the 2021 fortuner overall, except for the rear which could be better.

  2. Why is the smaller engines come with manual only? It is already a trend dat matic is much appreciated and used nowdays for more convenience especially lady drivers?

    1. 1.9L engine variant is available in automatic (beyond the base model). I'm getting my 1.9L 4x2 auto transmission (Ultimate model) MU-X delivered here in BKK later this week. :)

  3. Replies
    1. Nose looks so as beautiful as any suv.

    2. well, beyond the nose, the 2021 MU-X looks badass. New interior and tech looks awesome. Has a ton of new safety features. Felt smooth on test drive. Getting my unit delivered here in BKK next week...

  4. Magiging available po ba to sa Philippines?


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