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Isuzu D-Max and Isuzu MU-X Toughen Up


A torquier diesel engine, new transmissions, new styling and equipment levels are all part of the MY17 D-Max and MY16.5 MU-X update

 The 2017 model year Isuzu D-Max and 2016.5 model year MU-X SUV have been to the gym, sporting a new, and more powerful 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine. The new diesel produces a maximum 430Nm of torque, 50Nm more than last year’s engine.

The power band has been widened too, with maximum torque now available from 1,700rpm, 100rpm lower and up to 3,500rpm, 700rpm higher than the old engine. Isuzu says the new engine has been specifically developed for Australian customers and is Euro5 compliant, a first for the company.

Improved power and torque has been provided by way of a new turbocharger and intercooler and a high pressure fuel injection system.

The transmissions are new too, with customers now being able to choose between a six-speed manual or an Aisin six-speed automatic that can adapt to different driving styles.

Safety has been boosted with the standard fitment of a reversing camera on D-Max and MU-X LS models and a reversing camera kit can be retro fitted to SX and EX versions of the D-Max. Hill descent control is now standard on all models too, making those steep declines more manageable.

The camera and hill descent control join a suite of six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution as tools in Isuzu’s safety chest.

The interior has come in for a bit of a tidy up too, both the D-Max and MU-X now have more sound and vibration insulation for a quieter ride, and there’s a 7inch touchscreen on D-Max SX and D-Max and MU-X LS-M versions, and the D-Max and MU-X LS-U and LS-T versions get an 8 inch touchscreen with inbuilt sat nav, handy when you’re far from home.

All LS versions and the D-Max and MU-X also get three charging ports, which should reduce squabbles as to who needs to charge what on long drives.

Along with a gruntier engine, the 2017 Isuzu D-Max now has a tougher face. The grille and bonnet are new, giving the D-Max are more distinctive and pronounced look, as are the headlights, that incorporate LED daytime running lights on the more expensive LS models. Cheaper EX and SX models get new look halogen units and LS-T version gets new alloys.

Isuzu is also celebrating its 100th birthday. To celebrate, they’ve launched the D-Max X-RUNNER edition. Only 600 will be made, all available in either pearlescent white or a metallic black, the D-Max X-RUNNER has sporty red stitching inside, two tone red and black seats, climate control, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

On the outside, your mates will know you’re driving an X-RUNNER thanks to special badging, gun metal grey grille, alloys and sidesteps and a black sports bar and tub liner. The D-Max X-RUNNER can be yours from $46,990.

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