ISUZU Motors South Africa has unveiled a new addition to its mu-X seven-seater SUV lineup: the 1.9 LS 4x2 AT. This value-driven version expands the local offering to six mu-X models, the most extensive range the company has offered to date.
Kevin Fouche, Department Executive: Product Planning and Programme Management at ISUZU Motors South Africa, states, “The introduction of the new entry-level 1.9-litre model broadens the mu-X's market appeal. It caters to customers seeking the space, comfort, and versatility of our renowned SUV, but with an emphasis on affordability and reduced operational costs.”
“This marks the debut of the mu-X with the 1.9-litre Ddi engine at this price range. The growing SUV segment makes this introduction timely," added Fouche. "Its competitive pricing is aimed at customers transitioning from sedans, hatchbacks, or bakkies, and the fuel efficiency of the 1.9-litre engine is anticipated to be a significant attraction.”
The new 1.9 LS mu-X is powered by ISUZU’s 1,899 cc four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel engine, similar to what's used in the D-MAX bakkie range. This engine is known for its robust performance, impressive fuel economy, and reliability. It employs a high-pressure common rail direct injection system and a high-efficiency variable geometry turbocharger, delivering a power output of 110 kW at 3,600 r/min, and a torque of 350 Nm between 1,800 to 2,600 r/min.
The vehicle is equipped with Isuzu’s latest six-speed automatic transmission, ensuring a smooth drive. Additionally, it includes a standard rear differential lock to enhance traction on challenging terrains.
The 1.9 LS mu-X incorporates the latest design enhancements introduced for 2023, featuring privacy glass for the rear windows, a new Norwegian Blue colour option, and Magnetite finishes for multiple exterior components. The range incorporates modern LED lighting for improved visibility and aesthetics. The design is complemented by 18-inch alloy wheels and a full-size alloy spare wheel. The interior is spacious, with Magnetite accents and standard leather trim, elevating the overall ambience. The seating offers advanced adjustability features for enhanced comfort.
Safety and Convenience
Despite being the entry point into the mu-X range, the 1.9 LS doesn't skimp on safety or convenience. Parking is simplified with front and rear sensors, paired with a rear view camera. Comprehensive safety features include Electronic Stability Control, ABS brakes with advanced systems, Hill Start and Descent Controls, Trailer Sway Control, and Cruise Control. Airbags are abundantly placed for protection during collisions, while security features like central locking and immobiliser ensure peace of mind.
For infotainment, a seven-inch touchscreen with integrated Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi, and USB charging ports offers convenience for modern users.
1.9 LS 4x2 AT (new)
3.0 LS 4x2 AT
3.0 LS 4x4 AT
3.0 LSE 4x2 AT
3.0 LSE 4x4 AT (new)
3.0 Onyx 4x4 AT
The ISUZU mu-X comes with a five-year/90,000 km service plan, a five-year/120,000 km warranty and roadside assistance, and a five-year/unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty. Scheduled service intervals are set at 15,000 km or annually.