In what has to be one of the fastest model updates in automotive history, Isuzu has released specifications and pricing for the 2017 MU-X.
Isuzu last updated in the MU-X in February under the unusual title of MY2016.5, the MY17 update takes things a little further.
The MY17 MU-X continues with the new Euro5 emission compliant 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine developed exclusively for the Australian market.
Along with an increase in torque, up to 430Nm from the previous engine’s output of 380Nm, the updated engine is equipped with new design pistons, fuel injectors, fuel supply pump, VGS turbo-charger, larger exhaust gas recirculation cooler and bypass valve, ceramic glow plugs, battery Sensor and diesel particulate defuser. 
The MY17 update also features Isuzu’s new transmission options, a 6-speed manual, developed in-house by Isuzu and a 6-speed automatic from Japanese transmission specialists, Aisin. The automatic option is equipped with adaptive learning technology that adjusts gear changes to suit driving style and situation.
For the MY17 update, occupant comfort has been improved. Reduced NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels have been achieved with the addition of new sound and vibration insulation throughout the console, floor, windscreen and firewall.
Other comfort measures include an eight-speaker audio system, three 12V sockets and three USB ports – one in the rear to keep the peace on long family journeys. Material quality is also improved by way of nicer soft touch cabin plastics.
After sale support is excellent, Isuzu back the MU-X with a comprehensive Service Plus Program which includes a five-year/unlimited warranty, five years roadside assistance and five-year/50,000 kilometre capped price servicing program. Service intervals are set to 12 months or 10,000km and the first five visits back to the dealership total $1500.
Pricing is starting to creep up, the MY17 brings increases between $1000 and $1300 over the MY16.5, which also had similar price increases when launched in February. Isuzu generally offers a number of on-going drive away deals which are likely to continue, this will somewhat negate the increase in price.
MU-X Standard features:
Seven seats
ISOFIX points
Six airbags
7.0-inch touchscreen
3x USB/Bluetooth/3x 12V
Reversing camera with guidelines
Rear sensors
LED daytime running lights
Bi-LED projector headlights
16-inch alloy wheels with full-size spare
All-terrain tyres
MU-X LS-U additions:
8.0-inch screen
Fog lights
18-inch alloys
Chrome-look plastic on the grille, mirrors and handles
Side steps
Climate control air-conditioning
Cooling vents for all three rows (in the roof for back two)
Rear privacy glass
Shark fin aerial
MU-X LS-T additions:
Keyless entry and start
Electric driver’s seat adjustment
Roof rails
Rear spoiler
Chrome exhaust tip
10-inch roof-mounted folding screen
MY17 Isuzu MU-X specifications:
3.0-litre Euro 5 diesel engine
130kW at 3600rpm and 430Nm at 2000rpm
Six-speed manual or six-speed Aisin auto
Fuel use (claimed) combined cycle 7.9-8.1L/100km
Fuel tank 65L
Braked towing maximum of 3000kg
Payload between 593 and 678kg
4×2 or 4×4 (with low-range, and shift-on-the-fly 2H to 4H up to 100km)
220 to 230mm ground clearance
Double wishbone front/five-link rear suspension
2017 Isuzu MU-X pricing (excluding on-road costs):
4×2 LS-M auto – $42,800 (up $1000)
4×2 LS-U auto – $45,100 (up $1300)
4×2 LS-T auto – $48,800 (up $1300)
4×4 LS-M manual – $48,000 (up $1000)
4×4 LS-M auto – $50,100 (up $1000)
4×4 LS-U manual – $50,300 (up $1300)
4×4 LS-U auto – $52,400 (up $1300)
4×4 LS-T auto – $56,100 (up $1300)