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Isuzu has introduced its first new model since General Motors' departure from the South African market: a 7-seater Adventure SUV named the MU-X, which is a rival to the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The MU-X may share its workmanlike 3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine with the venerable KB bakkie, but its a well-specified, practical family vehicle with a pliant ride quality courtesy its multi-link rear suspension. Can the modernised Isuzu succeed where its now departed cousin, the Chevrolet Trailblazer failed? Ciro De Siena reviews the top-of-range MU-X derivative: the 3.0 4x4 Automatic. Tow bar pricing: Approx R4500 (ex VAT) Follow Cars.co.za on social media: https://www.instagram.com/carssouthafrica https://www.twitter.com/carssouthafrica https://www.facebook.com/CarsSA/
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Note: All 2018 models of the mu-X have a Brake Override System. Also, activating it will not kill the engine. Isuzu Philippines Corporation adds an option for you mu-X and D-Max lovers this 2018. The RZ4E engine is here, and it’s ready to take on the Philippine roads with its smaller yet fuel-efficient diesel engine. Caco took the mu-X on a spin and here’s what he thinks. Read full article here: http://bit.ly/2rMExyw Visit our website at https://www.autodeal.com.ph Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AutoDealPH Twitter: https://twitter.com/AutoDealPH Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/autodealph LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/autodeal-com-ph Google+: https://plus.google.com/+AutodealPh Don't forget to subscribe for more AutoDeal Behind the Wheel and other car videos.
Nissan dropped a bomb on us by launching its new SUV, the Terra. The Terra was first showcased in China, where everything is preferred in XXL size, similar to the US auto market. Nissan latest 7-seater draws a lot of inspiration from the Navara pick-up. But on this particular dimension front, Nissan is slightly behind the other SUVs available in the market. It sure would not be easy for the Terra, especially with prime contenders like the Toyota Fortuner, the Isuzu MUX, the Ford Everest, and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. For the sake of convenience, we have just compared it with the highest selling SUV in the segment, the Toyota Fortuner. We feel that the Nissan Terra is a bit staid in comparison to the flashy Toyota Fortuner. The Terra takes a more no direct departure from the pick-up’s styling as well. The rear of the car is a bit funkier than the front. All this being said, the Toyota Fortuner still aces the styling department. Inside the cabin, the Toyota Fortuner falls a bit behind. It doesn’t look like it’s not a premium cabin but the Nissan Terra’s upholstery feels a bit better. There is also the modern day gadgetry that one will associate with a car of this size. A touchscreen audio system that is Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto compatible, dual zone climate control, powered driver’s seat, and various storage spaces around the cabin are common to both. The Terra’s 2,850mm wheelbase is bigger than the Fortuner’s 2,745mm. The Terra is also longer at 4,885mm compared to the Toyota’s 4,795mm. This should significantly affect the last row seating space, and we assume the Nissan to be a tad more spacious than the Fortuner concerning the long wheelbase. The Nissan Terra also gets slightly bigger tyres at 18-inch whereas the Fortuner receives it as optional. Both are ladder-on-frame SUVs, and we expect the ride quality to be similar. However, while the Fortuner’s motor is a tad noisy at full clip, we expect the Nissan’s unit to be a bit more refined in the cabin. Both are expected to be top-heavy SUVs, and it will not be advisable to take turns at high speeds with either of the two. You can order these SUVs either with a rear wheel drive configuration or with four-wheel drive. Both the SUVs also get a low ratio. Speaking of which, the Toyota Fortuner employs a 2.4-litre diesel motor that is good for 147 PS and 400 Nm. There is a lone 6-speed automatic that is offered here. In contrast, the Nissan Terra has a bigger 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 190 PS and 450 Nm. Buyers can choose from either the 6-speed manual and the 7-speed auto. However, given the lower kerb weight of the Fortuner and the lesser power output, it is likely that it will have a higher fuel efficiency. In terms of the 0-100 performance, both the manufacturers haven’t quoted a number, and neither are there any top speed claims. If you were to ask us, both the SUVs should safely give around 12 kmpl and have a top speed of 180 kmph. In terms of safety, The Nissan Terra and Toyota Fortuner offer a lot of active and passive safety features to protect their passengers. Both vehicles feature ABS (anti-lock brakes), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), stability control, and a number of airbags. The Terra lacks the knee airbag of the Fortuner, but the rest, such as the driver, front passenger, curtain, and side airbags are found here. Also, the Fortuner gets disc brakes all around, while the Terra gets drum brakes in the rear. Both vehicles have ISOFIX mounts for child seats, but the Terra lacks speed sensing door locks. The Terra, however, features front and rear parking sensors, while the Fortuner gets them only in the rear. The Terra also gets a nod for including blind spot sensors and lane departure warning, something that the Fortuner lacks. The addition of an around view monitor on the Terra and the smart rear view mirror add another dimension of safety in this category. Subscribe now : https://goo.gl/M7yJtf Follow us Facebook : https://www.fb.me/4drivetime twitter : https://twitter.com/4Drivetime
As the DENR deadline for non-Euro 4-compliant vehicles draws to a close, there are vehicles in the market that are in danger of getting axed. The Isuzu Crosswind and Mitsubishi Adventure are among those, which we (sadly) have to bid farewell to.
However, there’s another Isuzu vehicle that's in trouble with the said regulation — the mu-X. Thankfully, Isuzu Philippines brings in the new Blue Power engine during their 20th Anniversary.
With a promise of better emission and engine performance, does this new iteration of Isuzu’s famous midsize SUV live up to its predecessor’s reputation? We drive the 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT Blue Power variant to find out.
The new mu-X Blue Power’s design isn’t far from the models it replaced; it still has that robust yet classy design. What separates this new model, though, are the restyled daytime running lights (DRL), embossed grille from the D-Max, bigger 18-inch rims, and a slightly revamped front and rear bumpers. To top it off, the mu-X Blue Power is given 2 new decals by the tailgate — the Isuzu’s 20th year and Blue Power badges.
All the slight exterior changes complement the already-imposing appeal of the mu-X. However, what I think is its best trait is the Silky Pearl White color that will cost you an additional P10,000. For me, it’s the best-looking among the pearl white variants of its competitors with its slightly reddish hue.
The changes inside the mu-X Blue Power are also subtle, yet a great improvement from the outgoing model. It has new seat design, covered with a combination of synthetic and genuine leather that are soft to the touch. Also, the blue- and white-themed gauge clusters are well-lit and visible even under direct sunlight.
A blue ambient lighting is also added to the mu-X’s interior. It gives a premium feel to the car at night. Most parts of the dashboard looks plush with leather coverings and some soft plastic items. However, the piano black accents aren’t really a preference for me. Sure, they look good but these can be easily scratched through time.
As a family vehicle, among the things you should check is the car’s air conditioning. The mu-X does a great job with that, even at the last row — thanks to the roof-mounted air vents that has independent controls.
Another thing to consider, especially in this gadget-filled environment, is the availability of USB charging ports and power outlets. They are quite abundant for the driver and front passenger (2 USB ports and 2 12V power outlets), however, passengers at the back will need to take turns as there’s only 1 USB port for the 2nd row and a 12V outlet at the luggage area behind the 3rd row.
I like the mu-X’s 8-inch touchscreen LCD with offline navigation that’s connected to a 10-inch roof-mounted pop-up LCD monitor by the 2nd row. You can do smartphone mirroring to source the video, but it’s for Android phones only.
Good thing the head unit has a DVD player, so you better get one of those Disney DVDs for the kids. Speaking of kids, the mu-X Blue Power has ISOFIX child seat latches, which is the better seat option to ensure your child’s safety when riding with you.