While Isuzu has been focusing most of their attention on the all-new D-Max, they’ve left just enough in reserve to come up with this MU-X Onyx. It’s a special edition of the popular seven-seater with some unique exterior styling, a limited run of 420 units and a driveaway price of $56,990.
The Onyx edition is based on the spec of the current range-topping MU-X LS-T model which is currently on offer for $54,990 driveaway, but with a couple of tasty extras thrown in.
We’re still waiting on news of an all-new MU-X, and while Isuzu has not confirmed anything, we understand that there is a niche but strong market in Australia for rough-and-tumble SUVs that won’t break the bank.
Outside the Onyx benefits from the choice of Obsidian Grey Mica or Silky White Pearl – both usually a $1,000 option. Other distinctive features include a dark-chrome finish for the grille, wing mirrors and rear bumper details, Onyx stickers and more aggressive front valance.
The other real headline is the inclusion of standard Wireless Apple CarPlay – a first for this segment in Australia, and something we’re fond of here at Chasing Cars. Android fans will be disappointed by the lack of wireless functionality for their phones.
However, the touchscreen is a 6.8-inch unit, far smaller than that found in the regular LS-T, which trainspotters – or utespotters – will know is eight-inches in size. Still, DAB and satellite navigation is standard, as is a leather-appointed wheel and shifter, keyless entry, and leather accented seats with electric adjustment for the driver.
Rear-seat passengers benefit from a 10-inch flip-down DVD player, adjustable air-con vents and a 12-volt socket for a total of three including the two up front. The new D-Max makes this MU-X look decidedly old inside, though.
Practicality never ages, and we know the MU-X delivers with three USB ports – including two fast-chargers – three ISOFIX attachment points, a total of twelve cupholders and, of course, seven seats.
Cargo space is pretty capacious, too, a maximum of 1,830 litres is on offer with the front seats in operation. In five-seat configuration, there is still a vast amount of space on offer at 838 Litres, and even with seven occupants, there should be enough room (235 litres) to carry the schoolbags, too.
Powering the MU-X Onyx edition is the familiar ‘4JJ’ power plant which pumps out 130kW and 430Nm, shy of the new D-Max’s outputs, but it’s a proven diesel lump. That’s linked up to a six-speed torque converter automatic.
MU-X also misses out on a rear diff-lock, though does have 230mm of ground clearance and, unlike the D-Max, a coil-sprung rear end for greatly improved occupant comfort.
The Onyx edition is a tougher looking machine than the standard MU-X, but it will be up to buyers whether or not the styling package and equipment bump is worth the extra cash.
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