After a week of rigorous testing, the iconic Isuzu MU-X has been awarded second place in the 4x4 Of The Year Award (4x4OTY) at the 2018 Australian Motoring Awards.
Powering ahead of competition from Jeep, Land Rover (Discovery TD6), Mercedes-Benz and Haval, the MU-X impressed the judges with its new ‘pumped-up’ engine - a Euro5 emission compliant 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power turbo-diesel powerplant.
Harnessing the power of Isuzu’s truck DNA, there is an abundance of low-torque on tap, making the MU-X a confident towing partner but is equally at home offroad, with impressive ground clearance, affording these models true rugged off-road performance.
“If someone asked me what car are you going to jump into, not worry about it, take it round Australia, it’s going to be that (the MU-X)” stated Norm Needham, 4x4 Australia.
What does it take to win the 4x4OTY Award? Read the full article using the link below.
The Isuzu MU-X LS-T has again been awarded the Best 7 Seat 4WD under $60,000 by OzRoamer Magazine.
Now in its 7th year, these awards are specifically aimed at helping consumers make educated buying decisions. Having won the top gong for 3 consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015) in this segment, Isuzu UTE Australia are delighted to be back at the top of the list thanks to the ‘new-look, pumped-up, 3 litre, 430Nm, 6-speed Isuzu MU-X’ launched in May 2017.
The new Euro5 emission compliant 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power turbo-diesel power plant is a world first for Isuzu. Tried and tested by Australians, for Australians, the Isuzu 3.0 litre Euro5 compliant engine is built to give outstanding reliability, durability and longevity in Australians harsh and adventurous terrains.
“We are particularly proud of the success of the MU-X in an extremely competitive market.” commented IUA Managing Director, Mr. Hiro Kuramoto. “We are excited to see that our updated models have really hit the mark with our consumers.”
What gave Isuzu MU-X the competitive advantage above the rest? Find out in the comprehensive review below.
In 2014, the Isuzu MU-X was awarded the Best 7 Seat 4WD under $60,000 for the second year running by OzRoamer Magazine.
"Driving the MU-X is the long lasting Isuzu 3.0L diesel. This engine is one tough motor and is renowned for its build tolerances and longevity. The term indestructible comes to mind” said Anthony Hood, Oz Roamer Magazine.
The new Isuzu MU-X is a strong contender in the family 4WD market. It has almost car/wagon like handling, enough power for almost everything you will ask of it, plenty of creature comforts, 5 star ANCAP safety, will seat 7 in relative comfort, is a robust and competent 4WD and all for less than $60,000."
In 2013, Isuzu UTE Australia's seven-seat SUV – the MU-X – received its first accolade with OzRoamer crowning the MU-X LS-T as the best seven-seat 4WD Under $60,000.
OzRoamer's tester Anthony Hood said that the MU-X "performed effortlessly" during its evaluation.
"We took the Isuzu MU-X LS-T on a family holiday towing a 2800kg caravan through the narrow windy and hilly back roads of Tasmania. The MU-X never missed a beat. While towing we averaged about 14-15L/100Km and there was plenty of power and low down torque for the job. That is what I mean by sometimes the figures don't translate to real world driving. The MU-X performed like it had another 100Nm of torque.
"What the Isuzu does though is make you really question why you would pay upwards of $80,000 on some of the other 'family 4WD wagons' it's that good," Hood concluded.
The Isuzu D-MAX was the winner of the 2013 Australian 4WD Action Magazine's Ute of the Year.
Widely respected as this country's toughest 4x4 ute test, the D-MAX triumphed over the full-gamut of Australia's one-tonne ute segment; the Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado and Volkswagen Amarok.
"Judging criteria for the 4WDer's Ute of the Year was simple – we wanted to test the vehicles in a way that mimics how they'd be used in real life," said Australian 4WD Action's editor, Brendan Seymour. "This meant loading them almost to their GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass), and then putting them through their paces in every off-road terrain imaginable, from mud, to steep hills, sand and long stretches at higher speeds ... finally, we enlisted the help of seven real 4WDers to test the vehicles like only a true 4WDer can – and the D-MAX came out on top," he added.
Not only did the Isuzu D-MAX pick up the overall award, but it also proved the most fuel efficient of the seven utes tested.
The Isuzu D-MAX was awarded the prestigious title of the 2013 Delivery Magazine "Ute of the Year".
Delivery Magazine is widely considered the top Australian publication for news and reviews on all light commercial vehicles.
The D-MAX came out as the number one choice when compared against a strong line-up of competitors including Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, VW Amarok, Nissan Navara and Holden Colarado.
"The new Isuzu D-MAX is a further refinement of the previous model that builds on the strength and durability of the Isuzu truck name. With a new chassis, new cabin, more powerful and capable version diesel engine, an adaptive automatic transmission and excellent load carrying ability, the D-MAX is a standout performer for daily work requirements."
These recent awards again demonstrate that the Isuzu D-MAX is universally revered as one of the world’s best utes and further enhances the D-MAX’s solid reputation for reliability, economy and durability.
Impressing a panel of twelve judges with it’s on and off road abilities, the Isuzu D-MAX has been awarded the 'Most Reliable Pickup' at the inaugural Professional Pickup & 4x4 Awards.
The Professional Pickup & 4×4 Awards are the only awards to be judged by real-world professionals simulating real-life conditions. This is where the strong build quality and renowned workhorse character of the new generation Isuzu D-MAX really shined. With its 3.5 tonne towing capacity and 1 tonne payload, it provides a quieter, more refined and economical driving experience.
Professional Pickup & 4x4 Editor, Liam Campbell commented on the win: “Isuzu has been held in high regard for build quality and reliability right back to the Trooper days, and our study confirmed this. In the end, 407 pickup truck owners were surveyed, and the D-MAX came out on top.
"This is great news for Isuzu as reliability is a very important issue for pickup truck owners, many of whom are owner-operators and rely on their vehicle for multiple uses".
The award-winning Isuzu D-MAX continues its year of success with ‘Best Workhorse Pickup’ Award at the 2018 Trade Van Driver Awards.
Praised for its trademark workhorse credentials, the Isuzu D-MAX claimed the title for its hardworking nature, gutsy performance and low cost of ownership. Judges of the award also credited the D-MAX for its robust build and high-class appearance.
Trade Van Driver is the only magazine which caters for the owner-driver and small fleet operator and as such its awards are different from others as they are judged not only by the expert panel of journalists at the magazine but also by a panel of readers who use light commercial vehicles as part of their businesses.
The Isuzu D-MAX was crowned 'Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year' 2017 at the 9th BBC TopGear Awards function held at Sofitel, Mumbai.
These awards, acknowledged as a coveted recognition for the best automobile brands, saw nomination by a host of vehicle models launched in India in 2016. The ‘Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year’ award was received by Mr. Hitoshi Kono, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India Pvt Ltd, and Capt. J Shankar Srinivas – Head of Communications, PR and External Affairs, Isuzu Motors India Pvt Ltd, in the presence of key dignitaries and leaders from the Indian automobile industry.
This is the second such recognition for the Isuzu D-MAX. It also won the 'Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year' 2017 from CNBC TV in December 2016.