Isuzu MU-X is a Holden Colorado 7 with a Japanese face, butt

Isuzu has revealed its version of the Holden Colorado 7 SUV, the MU-X, which will be powered exclusively by Isuzu’s 3-litre turbo-diesel motor.

Based on the Holden Colorado/Isuzu D-Max ute twins, the Isuzu MU-X will be available in both rear-wheel drive 4×2 and 4×4 forms. All models are powered by a 130kW/380Nm 3-litre turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine; depending on model and grade the MU-X is available with either a 5-speed auto or 5-speed manual transmission.

The MU-X range kicks off with the A$40,500 LS-M in 4×2 auto form. The LS-M is also available as a 4×4 manual for A$45,600 and 4×4 auto for A$47,800. Standard kit on the LS-M includes 16-inch alloy wheels, reverse parking sensors, grey grille, colour coded wing mirrors, and 14 cup holders (!). The MU-X’s sound system has six speakers, Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls, USB port and steering wheel audio controls.

Next up is the LS-U, which starts at A$42,000 for the 4×2 auto version, and jumps to A$47,100 for the 4×4 manual and A$49,300 for the 4×4 auto. Additional kit on the LS-U includes 17-inch alloys, chromed grille and wing mirrors with built-in indicators, aluminium side steps, full size spare wheel, engine immobiliser, climate control air-con, and fog lights.

At the top of the MU-X pile is the A$53,500 LS-T that’s only available as a 4×4 auto. Added equipment for the LS-T includes leather interior, roof rails, and electric driver’s seat. The entertainment system is upgraded with an eight speaker sound system including some in the roof lining, touchscreen sat nav, 10-inch display and DVD entertainment system for the rear seats, and a reversing camera.

All 4×4 models come with 230mm of ground clearance; a dial selector for two-wheel drive, and high- and low-range four-wheel drive; and oil sump and transfer case bash protectors.


Length: 4,825mm
Width: 1,860mm
Height: 1,825-1,830mm
Wheelbase: 2,845mm
Weight: 1,900-2,060kg

Fuel economy

City: 10.5-10.8L/100km
Highway: 6.9-7.1L/100km
Combined: 8.2-8.4L/100km
CO2 emissions (combined): 217-223g/km

Off-road details

Approach angle: 29.4 degrees (4×2), 30 degrees (4×4)
Departure angle: 24.4 degrees (4×2), 25.1 degrees (4×4)
Ground clearance: 220mm (4×2), 230mm (4×4)
Towing: 750kg (unbraked), 3,000kg (braked)
Fuel tank: 65L

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]