August 2017

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Isuzu Ute Australia released the anticipated seven-seat wagon version of its D-Max ute range in late 2013, with third-row seating, coil-spring rear suspension and rear axle disc brakes. It scored a performance boost and specification upgrades in May 2017.

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As Holden did with the Colorado ute, so Isuzu Ute did with the D-Max: producing a wagon derivative of its popular ute lineup.

At launch in 2013 the MU-X was available in three grades: entry-level LS-M with colour-coded mirrors and gunmetal grey grille rode on 16-inch aluminium wheels with all-terrain tyres; mid-spec LS-U features 17-inch aluminium wheels, fog lights, chrome grille and mirrors, and aluminium side-steps; and LS-T had a leather-appointed interior, climate control air conditioning, touch-screen navigation system and roof-mounted DVD entertainment system.

All Isuzu MU-X models were fitted with Rear Park Assist, but only the top-shelf model had a reverse camera.

The D-Max ute's proved three-litre Isuzu 4JJ1-TC diesel engine powered the MU-X, delivering 130kW of power at 3600rpm and 380Nm of torque in the 1800-2800rpm band, using a common-rail fuel injection system and intercooled, variable geometry turbocharger .

isuzu mu-x wagon

LS-M and LS-U versions had a manual five-speed or electronically controlled Aisin five-speed automatic transmission. The LS-T was auto only. Both main transmissions coupled to a two-speed transfer case with a low range ratio of 2.482:1.

The auto also had ‘Hill Descent’ and ‘Hill-Ascent’ modes.

Braking was done by power-assisted 300mm ventilated front discs with twin-pot calipers and 318mm rear disc brakes. An anti-skid brake system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) was fitted to all variants.

Pricing ranged from $44,600 RRP to $53,500 RRP and every Isuzu MU-X came with a five-year/130,000km new vehicle warranty.

2017 upgrades

The 2017 MU-X picked up an Australian-market-specific Isuzu Euro V three-litre engine and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. 

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Isuzu Ute made the decision to retain the reliable, proved three-litre four, even though Isuzu has developed twin-turbo 1.9-litre and 2.5-litre engines for Europe that comply with Euro V. Doubtless, it would have been far less expensive to adopt the 2.5-litre 4JK1, rather than developing a Euro V version of the three-litre. 

However, Isuzu Ute Australia execs and the dealer body were determined to continue using the long-serving larger engine that has proved itself in Holden Rodeos, the first Colorado and in Isuzu Utes, MU-Xs and N Series trucks in Australia.

The Isuzu 4JJ1 diesel has by far the best pedigree in the ute market.

Improvements to pistons, injectors and common-rail supply pump, plus fitment of a variable geometry turbo and larger EGR cooler with bypass valve have seen torque increase by 50Nm, along with a widening of the torque band. Although peak torque is still produced at 2000-2200rpm, the previous 380Nm torque peak is available from 1700-3500rpm, greatly increasing engine flexibility.

The Euro 5 Isuzu 4JJ1-TC engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), as are all new ute diesels. However, there's no selective catalytic reduction (SCR) converter and therefore no need for urea (AdBlue) injection and storage tank.

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The DPF needs a soot-removing burn-off approximately every 500km and this is done automatically by the engine ECU post-injecting fuel to raise the temperature of the exhaust gases. There is no manual regeneration function.

As with most DPF-equipped engines there is an upper ‘X’ mark on the dipstick to show if the sump capacity has increased through unburnt DPF-regeneration fuel draining into the sump. Stated oil change intervals are at 20,000km, but if we owned a D-Max with DPF it would get oil drains every 10,000km.

The Isuzu Ute Australia Service Plus Program includes a five-year warranty, five years roadside assistance and five-year/50,000km Capped Price Servicing. 

The rear differential has been strengthened to handle the increase in engine torque. 

'Pumped Up' transmissions are a new Aisin AWR6B45 six-speed automatic with 'adaptive learning' function and a six-speed Isuzu manual box.

All MU-X variants offer three-tonnes towing capacity and reversing cameras on all models aid hitching up.

Externally the 2017 MU-X scores new front mudguards and bonnet, and a new grille and headlight design. Bi-LED projector headlights, with auto-levelling, are standard and front fog lights are fitted to LS-U and LS-T variants.

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