Japanese commercial vehicle maker is coming out with the 2018 Isuzu MU-X – a compact SUV mainly for the Asian market and a few European countries. This updated model will enter into mass production very soon as it was just unveiled in Thailand in March 2017. Hyundai’s Sante Fe and the Toyota Fortuner will be the biggest rivals of the interesting high-riding vehicle.
2018 Isuzu MU-X: Engine and MPG
Customers who have been regulars for Isuzu are expecting MU-X to have a single engine. A 3.0 L four-cylinder diesel unit which can produce 130 HP of power and a torque of 380 lb-ft will come with 2018 Isuzu MU-X. A 5-speed transmission is probable and right now it seems the car will have automatic transmission while manual will come standard on selected trim levels.
The 2018 Isuzu MU-X will be fairly fuel efficient. Combined fuel economy will be around 30 mpg, which is a good number for a compact SUV. The carmaker will give this vehicle a standard all-wheel drive platform. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph will take around 9 seconds.
Price and Arrival
The 2018 Isuzu MU-X will probably be available for buying in early 2018. The crossover will come at three trim levels and price of its base model will be around $35,000. The high-end and fully equipped models will cost around $50,000.
Equipment and Styling Changes
The current version of this vehicle is quite different from the upcoming model. The 2018 Isuzu MU-X will receive numerous enhancements and updates. Most SUV fans are expecting a much more elegant look than its predecessors. Even though the 2018 MU-X will be bulky in its appearance, it will be lighter than its previous versions. That is down to the substantial use of aluminum and carbon fiber, a route now most SUV manufacturers are taking. Significant reduction in weight not only increases fuel efficiency but also makes handling the car much easier.
The exterior will receive a few updates. A dual grille on the front fascia is a refreshing change. On each side, 2018 Isuzu MU-X derives inspiration for Japanese legends with a design known as the Katana line. Stylish alloy wheels will be available in 16- and 17-inch sizes. The wheelbase of this vehicle will be wider of than its current models, which again points at more space that can only be afforded by the weight reduction.
Interior and Safety
The interior of 2018 Isuzu MU-X will be more spacious as expected with the larger wheelbase and lighter weight. Even glove compartments in this vehicle will have more room than those in its predecessors. A seven-seat SUV, MU-X will offer much more than just space. Front seats come with assist handles which help passenger and driver keep still in case the terrain is too rough. The steering wheel comes with leather wrapping along with optional heating features. It also holds numerous controls for easy and quick access.
A central touchscreen comes on the dashboard of the 2018 Isuzu MU-X, which acts as the central command for various assistance features. An audio system by Sky Sound provides roof mounted speakers while SatNav provides navigation.