Thanks to Carlist.my reader Azeem, here are a few spyshots of what appears to be the 2015 Isuzu MU-X – yes, it looks like the D-Max’s SUV cousin has been busy on the streets of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI).
Wrapped in camo and wearing trade plates, it would be no surprise if this MU-X did in fact belong to Isuzu Malaysia. It also coincides with the many times we’ve heard whispers of its coming in the past.
What is it?
Anyways, the MU-X is essentially an Isuzu D-Max underneath its SUV body – a similar arrangement to the locally-available Toyota Hilux and its Toyota Fortuner SUV sibling. Like the D-Max, the MU-X features all the robustness of the trusty pick-up, equipped with an identical architecture under its skin.
The MU-X bears massive resemblances to its D-Max cousin around the front-end, while the rear does away with the cargo bed of the D-Max in favour of a full SUV cabin. Thus far, Isuzu has limited sales of the MU-X to very few markets, mainly offering the model in Thailand, Australia and the Philippines.
While it remains unclear as to what specifications Malaysian buyers may look forward to, we can for now tell you that in Thailand, where the MU-X’s is a popular favourite, power and drivetrain offerings aren’t far off from what is offered on their D-Max models: 4X2 and 4X4 drive configurations, powered by their latest 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre VGS turbo-diesel engines, paired with automatic and manual transmissions.
Coming to Malaysia
Back to these spy photos of the camouflaged Malaysian-spec MU-X, and it’s anyone’s guess at the moment as to what’s under the bonnet.
Other exterior features (apart from the SUV rear) is nearly identical to items we’ve seen on the regular local-spec D-Max: chrome front grille, bumper-integrated foglamps, projector-type headlamps, and if we can make it out right, chrome wing mirrors and door handles. Unsure of their sizes, but those wheels do resemble the 17-inch alloy designs on the regular D-Max too.
That’s about all the information we have for you right now, apart from the obvious fact that this is very likely headed to Malaysia, soon.
Stay tuned to Carlist.my as we uncover more on the 2015 Isuzu MU-X.