Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Everest vs Isuzu MU-X vs Pajero Sport – price and power

Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has introduced its second-generation Isuzu MU-X into the market in South Africa.

Based on the upcoming Isuzu D-MAX bakkie, the new MU-X boasts bold new styling, a larger and quieter cabin, luxurious materials, and next-generation driver assistance and safety features.

Aimed at growing families who want a 7-seater that still fits their lifestyle needs, the new MU-X offers comfort and convenience features for up to seven adults with a cabin that is the largest in the segment.

Like its predecessor, Isuzu faces stiff competition in its class, including the formidable Toyota Fortuner, the impressive Ford Everest, and a loyal favourite, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

The MU-X will arrive South Africa with a new version of Isuzu’s 3-litre engine matched to a fast-shifting 6-speed automatic gearbox. Isuzu engineers have paid particular attention to the engine’s performance in three key areas, namely fuel consumption, power, and engine noise. Power is now 140 kW, it said.

Viewed from the front, the MU-X boasts a new front grille showcasing the intricate detail of the arrow-shaped Bi-LED headlamps.

The headlamps follow an arrow signature design motif with long sharp outlines which further add to the overall high-quality upmarket appearance, it said.

“The rear end combines an advanced look with an elegant yet solid stance. New tailgate badging harmonises with the new MU-X’s design language and presents a keen and elegant look. The rear lights and indicators are combined in a winglet design with precise LED details which give a sense of depth when seen from behind.”

Eight paint colours, including five new colours are available; Splash White, Dolomite White, ONYX Black, Mercury Silver, Obsidian Gray, Red Spinel, Santos Brown, and Sapphire blue.

Interior noise levels have been reduced through door sealing structure improvement on the A-Pillar surrounding to improve wind noise. In addition, increased body stiffness and additional noise insulation have contributed to considerably lower cabin noise levels, Isuzu said.

Model Line-up and pricing:

  • 3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×2 LS A/T Price: R693 800
  • 3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×4 LS A/T Price: R771 600
  • 3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×2 LSE A/T Price: R763 300
  • 3.0 Ddi mu-X 4×4 ONYX A/T Price: R860 500

The new MU-X will be available at Isuzu dealership nationwide from the first week of December 2021.

The new Isuzu has an updated engine with, 140 kW at 3,600 rpm, while torque is now 450 Nm between 1600 and 2600 rpm.


Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4D Auto

  • Maximum Power: 133 kW
  • Maximum Torque: 430 Nm
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 8.0
  • Starting Price: R634 995

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4D 4X4 Exceed Auto

  • Maximum Power: 133 kW
  • Maximum Torque: 430 Nm
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 8.1
  • Starting Price: R719 995


Toyota Fortuner

Fortuner 2.4 GD6 RB MT

  • Maximum Power: 110kW
  • Maximum Torque: 400 Nm
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 6.8
  • Starting Price: R599 000

Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4×4 VX AT

  • Maximum Power: 150kW
  • Maximum Torque: 500 Nm
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 7.9
  • Starting Price: R837 100


Ford Everest

2.2 TDCi XLS 6AT 2WD

  • Maximum Power: 118kW
  • Maximum Torque: 385 Nm
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 7.3
  • Starting Price: R558 600

2.0 SiT XLT SPORT 10AT 4WD

  • Maximum Power: 132kW
  • Maximum Torque: 420 Nm
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 7.1
  • Starting Price: R713 300


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Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Everest vs Isuzu MU-X vs Pajero Sport – price and power