Fresh from its debut at the 2016 Borneo Safari 4X4 Challenge, the isuzu MU-X has garnered ‘Vehicle of the Year’ accolade at the toughest 4X4 offroad cevent in East Malaysia. Isuzu Malaysia supported the Borneo Safari for the tenth consecutive year, and the company has affirmed a pledge to support the East Malaysian international offroad challenge for years to come.
According to Borneo Safari Organizers, this year’s event was the toughest in 12 years. Daily rains caused a two-day delay as the nearly 430-strong convoy struggled with slippery and muddy conditions and numerous steep uphill and downhill slopes that tested driving skills to the limit. “Yet the Isuzu mu-X performed flawlessly, even in the ultra-tough hard core section of the trail that stretched some 30 km from the entrance arch near Kampung Garung to Timberwell Camp that took three days to complete. It did not require any change of spare parts or any repairs, which speaks volumes of its quality and reliability,” Organizing Committee Chairman Faez A Nordin said.
Isuzu Malaysia Executive Director Hajime Machimura expressed delight that the Isuzu mu-X Monster made a successful debut and emerged with its reputation enhanced. The three ‘battle-hardened’ Isuzu D-Max Monsters that accompanied the mu-X Monster also successfully completed the challenge. “This ‘proven-at-Borneo-Safari’ badge is one that every Isuzu can wear with pride. It is also timely as we have just launched our refreshed range of D-Max and mu-X last week.”
Modifications to the Isuzu mu-X were limited to the exterior as the 2.5-liter VGS turbo Intercooler diesel engine matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift remained stock standard.
The MU-X is endowed with an attractive face in standard version that is bold and tough yet refined, a slick combo that is perfect for the times. Isuzu has proven with the D-Max that you don’t need to look boring or utilitarian to be a tough pickup truck. The MU-X on the other hand, takes the same concept and rams it down its competitors’ throats in the 7-seater SUV category.
At a glance, Isuzu’s SUV presents sharp, angular feature lines across the front. The front fascia blends cohesively well with the rest of the car to generate a smart and refined outlook. Meantime, the articulate headlights slant upwards with a tenacity of a thoroughbred workhorse. The rear combination lights combine rather well with the fresh looking bumper with rear foglights and extended tailgate with a chrome accent.