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Isuzu’s 2023 D-MAX and MU-X range gets new features and finishes

Isuzu has updated the 2023 D-MAX and MU-X ranges, which will be on sale from December.

Driven by customer feedback, the refreshed D-MAX one-tonne ute will get lots of new features, new variants and a refreshed exterior design and colour palette.

Offering Australians one of the widest selections of body styles, tray-configurations, and powertrain options available across the Australian one-tonne ute segment, three new variants — all SX grade — will join the 23MY Isuzu D-MAX range, with the flagship 4×4 auto X-Terrain currently on offer at a special drive-away price of $64,990.

Isuzu’s 2023 D-MAX and MU-X range gets new features and finishes
Camera IconThe D-MAX X-Terrain iin Magnetic Red mica. Credit: Isuzu Australia

There are 27 price points to choose from, starting with the SX single-cab chassis 4×2 manual at a special drive-away price of $31,990.

Isuzu Australia said the the 23MY D-MAX range would retain the exact same recommended retail pricing of the 22MY range, with the exception of the three additional models — the SX crew cab chassis 4×2 automatic (from $40,700 RRP excluding on-roads), SX crew cab ute 4×2 automatic (from $42,200 RRP) and SX crew cab ute 4×4 automatic (from $50,200 RRP), all with 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine, which will now be available across a wider range of body styles in this grade.

It’s the ideal choice for people wanting fuel efficiency and lower cost operation; otherwise, Isuzu’s steadfast 3.0-litre turbo-diesel with 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque is offered in all grades and body styles.

New towing enhancements in both the D-MAX and MU-X automatically disable blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert when a trailer is hitched and detected via Isuzu’s trailer wiring harness.

The 4x4 MU-X LS-T in Galaxy mica.
Camera IconThe 4×4 MU-X LS-T in Galaxy mica. Credit: Isuzu Australia

Exterior enhancements include a new grille finished in two-tone black on the SX, two-tone black and grey on the LS-M, two-tone grey and chrome on the LS-U and LS-U+ and two-tone dark grey on the X-Terrain, plus, on LS-M and above models, recessed fog light trims in a dark grey metallic to match the LED rear combination lights.

There are also new wheel designs, with higher grades featuring a new pressure monitoring system and tailgate assist with a gas-strut system for one-hand operation.

Inside, there’s an updated selection of seat upholstery and trims and an additional USB port in the second row of the SX crew cab ute and crew cab chassis to cater for family use.

“This is the most significant update to the Isuzu D-MAX range since debut,” Isuzu Ute Australia managing director Hiroyasu Sato, said.

The new MU-X — a ute-based seven-seater SUV with 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity — sees in 2023 with a darker design aesthetic.

It’s available in six price points, the entry 4×2 LS-M (from $48,900 RRP) sporting new six-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and all-terrain rubber, dark grey accents instead of chrome on the LED rear combination lights.

This is the most significant update to the Isuzu D-MAX range since debut.

The LS-U (from $55,400 RRP for the 4×2) gets a new tyre-pressure monitoring system and substitutes the silver and chrome from the previous model year with “Magnetite” — a dark grey shade used across the grille, fog light trims, sidesteps, roof rails and rear bumper. Similar touches can be found inside the cabin, across the dashboard and door trims.

There’s also a convenient handsfree tailgate system on the LS-U 4×4 (from $61,400 RRP) and LS-T 4×4 (from $65,990 special drive-away offer), which continues to headline the range by combining a piano black and leather-accented interior trim with a bold exterior design.

Isuzu Australia describes the LS-T as the company’s “most comprehensive vehicle ever”.

It features the same updates as the LS-U, but receives additional Magnetite treatment across the lower front bumper and a new set of 20-inch machined alloy wheels.

Premium paint — which is everything on offer apart from Mineral White — is $650 extra across the D-MAX and MU-X range.

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