Next-gen 2021 Isuzu mu-X could look like this, based on leaked patents

Updated Oct 07, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors
Take a look at the colored renderings of the next-gen mu-X.

Previously, we showed and talked about the leaked patent pictures of the upcoming 2021 Isuzu mu-X. As such, all doubts about whether Isuzu is making a new D-Max based SUV or not are somewhat quelled.

Those previous pictures however, were colorless grey blobs that didn’t do the rendered car design any justice. Thanks to CarAdvice and renowned automotive artist Theophilus Chin, there are now colored renderings of the 2021 mu-X.

A render of the 2021 mu-X

The render shows a sleeker and more modern-looking mu-X [Photo: CarAdvice]

As we’ve mentioned before, the upcoming mu-X’s front end looks similar to the 2021 Isuzu D-Max it’s based on. There are however some unique features like its two-bar grille and different-looking headlamps. The illustration also shows more angles on the upcoming mu-X’s body.

Towards the sides, you’ll also see that the rear window no longer stretches towards the sides of the vehicle. As a result, a more angled D-pillar positioned more towards the rear is adopted.

In comparison to the old mu-X, the rendering shows less prominent fender flares. This provides a smoother side that’s more akin to designs found on current Mazda crossover models. Whether that’s intentional or not, we don’t know.

Overall, the renderings provide the impression that Isuzu is positioning the Isuzu mu-X to be a sleeker, more modern-looking SUV. That is in contrast to the current one’s macho and utilitarian look. We’re pretty sure however that despite the sleeker look, the mu-X will remain to be a robust and practical vehicle. 

A rear rendering of the 2021 mu-X.

We're certain that it's still going to be a tough and practical vehicle [Photo: CarAdvice]

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We’re also certain that it’ll prove to be much more powerful than the current one considering that there’s a good chance that it’ll come with the 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX inline-4 engine.

The aforementioned turbo-diesel engine is already propelling the third-gen 2021 D-Max and it can make 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. And yes, we’re also sure that the new mu-X will have more tech, more safety features, and will retain the same body-on-frame build.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.