Isuzu has introduced a cut-price version of its MU-X seven-seater with a smaller 1.9-litre engine.

The new arrival will be available in three grades: LS-M 4×2, LS-M 4×4, and LS-U 4×4.

It brings the price of the entry model down to $47,400 before on-road costs — $2000 less than the 3.0-litre equivalent.

The 1.9-litre is a lift from the D-Max ute to which it was added at the beginning of 2022.

Since its introduction Isuzu says the 1.9 has earned a reputation with motorists, business fleets, and the media as a quiet, torquey and fuel-efficient engine.

With claimed fuel consumption of 7.4L/100km; the 1.9-litre MU-X models can travel up to 1000km on a single 80-litre tank of diesel.

The 1.9-litre diesel produces 110kW of power at 3600 rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1800 and 2600 rpm.

The larger existing 3.0-litre engine delivers 140kW and 450Nm.

Impressively, however, the 1.9 produces 85.7 per cent of its torque (300Nm) across 71.6 per cent of the torque band —from 1550 through to 3700 rpm.

The result is a wide and linear delivery of torque and strong mid-range response, which aids in both driveability and performance, particularly when carrying or towing a load.

Maximum braked towing capacity of MU-X models fitted with the 1.9-litre engine is 3000kg, with the Gross Combination Mass (GCM) coming in at 5500kg.

Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is dependent on drivetrain, with 4×2 and 4×4 models coming in at 2700kg and 2800kg respectively.

The 1.9-litre models have increased payload capacities, with the MU-X LS-M 1.9L 4×4 able to carry up to 735kg which positions it towards the top of its class.

Complete model range and prices:

  • Isuzu MU-X LS-M 1.9L 4×2: $47,400
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-M 3.0L 4×2: $49,400
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-U 3.0L 4×2: $55,900
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-T 3.0L 4×2: $63,400
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-M 1.9L 4×4: $53,400
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-U 1.9L 4×4: $59,900
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-M 3.0L 4×4: $55,400
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-U 3.0L 4×4: $61,900
  • Isuzu MU-X LS-T 3.0L 4×4: $69,400 ($67,990 drive away)


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About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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