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Here is the heavily updated Isuzu Mu-X

The RS is the sporty top-of-the-line variant

Following the update of its pickup sibling, it's now the turn of the seven-seat SUV to get refreshed. PHOTO FROM ISUZU

After a shadowy teaser, Isuzu has taken the wraps off its heavily updated Mu-X SUV.

It’s not an all-new model, but the changes made (including an all-new top-of-the-line variant) are big enough to make it stand out even compared to its newer competitors.

The standard Mu-X looks even more aggressive now. PHOTOS FROM ISUZU

It has aggressive front fascia that’s said to be inspired by a fighter jet.

Regardless of variant, the car gets blacked-out LED headlights and a rear LED lightbar, alongside a large grille with two trademark Isuzu horizontal bars. Wheel sizes range from 17 inches all the way to 20 inches.

Is the RS too sporty for you? PHOTOS FROM ISUZU

The big news is the new RS variant that has gloss-black accents, a blacked-out roof, black over-fenders, a mesh grille, and RS 20-inch wheels.

It's amazing what new tech can do to make an old platform feel new again. PHOTOS FROM ISUZU

The dash is revamped with new tech—a nine-inch infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a seven-inch screen for the gauge cluster, a 360° camera, and a PM 2.5 filtration system for the dual-zone climate control.

Classy or sporty. The choice is yours. PHOTOS FROM ISUZU

The interior for seven can be upholstered in fabric or various leather options, and the RS is clad in all-black with green piping, RS embroidery, red accents, and red ambient lighting.

It will probably be a while before we hear of an electric Mu-X. PHOTOS FROM ISUZU

Ticking underneath the hood are the same diesel engines: the 1.9-liter turbodiesel with 150hp and 350Nm, and the 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 190hp and 450Nm (both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission).

It’s also available with either a 4×2 or a 4×4 drivetrain, and it now uses electric power steering for ease of driving in city conditions. Meanwhile, the turning radius has been reduced to 5.6m.

Better start saving up for the new Mu-X if this appeals to you. PHOTOS FROM ISUZU

Finally, the ADAS system gets updated with a stereo camera. This adds pedestrian detection, rear vehicle detection with automatic braking while reversing, and anti-fogging measures to reduce the risk of failure in colder weather.

This new Mu-X is now on sale in Thailand, so it’s only a matter of time before it hits our market.

Sam Surla

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