The 2022 Isuzu MU-X – the successor to Australia’s top-selling ute-derived four-wheel-drive wagon – seems almost certain to receive massive prices hike by at least $9000 on most models, according to information leaked on social media over the weekend.
A Facebook group dedicated to Isuzu D-Max and MU-X fans – and which has more than 53,000 followers – has published screen shots of limited technical information and specifications for the new model, and what appears to be a complete price list.
It is not clear if the leaked prices are the final drive-away cost, or the RRP before on-road costs (which would add a further $3000 or more to each figure). And Isuzu Ute Australia is yet to publicly announce prices.
However, in the best-case scenario, the leaked prices represent an increase of $9000 compared to drive-away prices from more than a year go – on two of the three model grades (one of which is depicted below) – and an $8000 increase on the drive-away price of the cheapest variant.
If the leaked prices are RRPs – with on-road costs such as stamp duty, registration fees, and delivery fees yet to be added – it means the price rises could be closer to $12,000 compared to drive-away prices from more than a year ago, long before the current model was in run-out.
Above: A screen shot of drive-away pricing of the Isuzu MU-X LS-T from early 2020, long before it was in run-out.
According to the leaked information, which appears to have come from dealer sources and then posted on Facebook, there will be three model grades in the 2022 Isuzu MU-X range: LS-M, LS-U, and LS-T.
As was the case with the previous model, all three model grades will be available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, the information shows.
It appears the option of a manual transmission has been dropped from the line-up as it does not appear on the leaked price list.
The leaked information published on social media shows the following prices:
• 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-M 4x2 $48,990
• 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-U 4x2 $54,990
• 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4x2 $60,990
• 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-M 4x4 $54,990
• 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-U 4x4 $59,990
• 2022 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4x2 $63,990
As previously stated, it is unclear if these are drive-away prices or RRPs yet to have on-road costs included.
Prices advertised publicly by car companies and car dealers are obliged to be drive-away and inclusive of on-road costs and dealer charges, but RRPs can be used on internal documents.
Meanwhile, the leaked information shows all three model grades of the 2022 Isuzu MU-X will come with the full suite of advanced safety tech that appears on the current-generation Isuzu D-Max ute, as well as dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and speed sign recognition.
The spec sheet also shows all three model grades come with bi-LED headlights (low and high beam).
The 2022 Isuzu MU-X in the LS-M model grade comes with a 7-inch infotainment system and single zone air-conditioning, with while the LS-U and LS-T model grades gain a 9-inch screen, embedded navigation, and dual zone air-conditioning.
The middle of the range LS-U and top of the range LS-T gain a power tailgate as well as a sensor key and push button start.
The base model LS-M has a push button start but not a sensor key to lock or unlock the doors, according to the leaked information.
The wheel and tyre packages vary across all three models, stepping up from 17-inch, 18-inch, and 20-inch combinations as the range climbs.
The flagship LS-T comes with leather accented upholstery, with power adjustment and heating for the front seats.
Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will be pleased to know all 4x4 models appear to come standard with a rear differential lock, according to the information leaked on social media.
Reactions to the price and specification changes were mixed among the Isuzu D-Max and MU-X Owners Group on Facebook.
Some of the Facebook group members thought the price rises were fair given the increase in equipment, while some thought the costs were a bit steep, with a number commenting: “I’m glad I got mine when I did”.
Isuzu Ute Australia is due to release price and specifications on the 2022 Isuzu MU-X range in the coming weeks.
CarAdvice has contacted IUA for comment; the company is yet to verify the leaked information.