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Isuzu adds value-oriented 1.9 LS to mu-X range

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Isuzu Motors South Africa has launched a new value-oriented version of its mu-X seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV), in the form of the Isuzu mu-X 1.9 LS 4×2 AT. This new derivative, along with the addition of a 4×4 version of the 3.0 LSE, expand the line-up to a total of six mu-X model derivatives – the largest range yet for Isuzu.

“Adding a new entry-level 1,9-litre model significantly broadens the appeal of the mu-X. It is perfect for customers who are drawn to the outstanding space, comfort and versatility provided by our popular SUV, but require greater affordability and lower running costs,” says Kevin Fouché from Isuzu Motors South Africa.

“This is the first time we’ve offered the mu-X with the proven 1,9-litre Ddi engine and at this price point,” Fouché says. “We are confident that the proven 1,9-litre engine’s exceptional fuel economy will be a major drawcard too.”

Efficient power

At the heart of the new 1,9 LS mu-X is the 1 899 cc four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel engine, as used in the D-MAX bakkie range. Isuzu says the engine is renowned for its gutsy performance, outstanding fuel economy and trusted durability, thanks to high-pressure common rail direct injection and high-efficiency variable geometry turbocharger.

The 1,9 Ddi engine delivers a maximum output of 110 kW at 3 600 r/min and 350 Nm from 1 800 to 2 600 r/min. As with the rest of the mu-X range, the 1,9 LS is equipped with the latest version of Isuzu’s smooth six-speed automatic transmission. A rear differential lock is fitted as standard.

Styling

The new 1,9 LS mu-X features the latest styling updates applied to the rest of the range for 2023. This includes privacy glass for the rear windows, a new Norwegian Blue colour option, and dark finishes for the radiator grille, front and rear bumpers, front fog lamp bezels, roof rails and side steps.

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LED lighting is standard across the range for the daytime running lights, Bi-LED headlamps, fog lamps and tail lights. Isuzu says the sporty character of the mu-X is further reinforced by the attractive 18-inch alloy wheels, with a matching full-size alloy spare wheel fitted for added peace of mind.

The cabin has been updated too, featuring dark accents “that further enhance the sophisticated look and feel,” the manufacturer says. Standard leather trim adds a further touch of luxury, with the driver’s seat boasting eight-way power adjustment, and four-way adjustment for the front passenger seat.

Convenience and safety

Although the 1,9 LS is the most affordable model in the mu-X range, there’s no compromise in safety or convenience, according to Isuzu. Front and rear parking sensors along with a rear view camera make parking easy, the company says.

A seven-inch touchscreen system with integrated Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi, and front and rear USB charging ports provides smartphone connectivity and charging options while on the move.

Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS), Brake Override Accelerator (BOA), Hill Start Assist (HAS), Hill Descent Control (HDC), trailer sway control, and cruise control.

In the event of an accident, the occupants are protected by seven airbags. These are: driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side airbags, curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. Vehicle security is taken care of with remote central locking, a factory-fitted anti-theft alarm system, transponder immobiliser, and selectable door unlocking.

Model range

1.9 LS 4×2 AT (new) – R708 000
3.0 LS 4×2 AT – R800 000
3.0 LS 4×4 AT – R842 800
3.0 LSE 4×2 AT – R885 000
3.0 LSE 4×4 AT (new) – R927 700
3.0 Onyx 4×4 AT – R960 600

Also consider

What can you get for more or less the same money as the Isuzu mu-X 1.9 LS 4×2 AT’s R708 000 sticker price? Here is a handful of alternatives: Toyota Fortuner 2.4GD-6 auto (R697 800), Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX-R AWD (R698 600), Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport ES (R699 000), Ford Tourneo Custom 2.2TDCi LWB Ambiente 8-seater (706 600), and the Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT double cab XLT 4×4 (R714 100).

The Isuzu mu-X has a five-year/90 000 km service plan, five-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance, and a five-year/unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km or 12 months.

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