An updated version of the Isuzu MU-X off-road wagon has been teased.
Slated to be launched in March, probably in Thailand where it is manufactured, the MY17 update appears set to bring a new nose design, slicker rear LED tail-lights and a decidedly less utilitarian cabin treatment.
The teaser images show a redesigned grille and headlights, more upmarket rear illumination, new leather seat trims and additional soft-touch materials on the dash.
It’s unclear what other changes can be expected, frankly, particularly whether Isuzu has taken the trouble to update the dated infotainment on offer at present.
The reveal of what we presume is a MY17 model comes a week after Isuzu Ute Australia revealed the ‘MY16.5’ MU-X, centred around an updated turbo-diesel engine developed for our market.
Engineered to meet Euro 5 emissions requirements, the revised 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine now makes 130kW and 430Nm of torque, 50Nm up over the old car, across a wider rev band (now 1700 to 3500rpm), matched to either six-speed manual or auto gearboxes.
Isuzu’s Australian arm could not offer comment on when the updated MY17 MU-X will arrive, though given we’re the number-two market, after Thailand, a premiere before mid-year doesn’t seem far-fetched.
Despite getting long in the tooth against rivals such as the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Holden Trailblazer, Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner, the Isuzu finished 2016 as the top-seller in its sub-segment, on account of sharp deals and the company’s rugged reputation.
Pictured: MY16.5 Isuzu MU-X
Here’s hoping it spares no expense making the cabin a little more modern.
Hat-tip to MZ Crazy Cars