Isuzu in Australia has revealed a pair of daring new concepts, in the form of the D-Max (or KB, as we know it here in South Africa) and MU-X Concept X vehicles.
Unveiled at Melbourne’s National 4x4 Outdoors Show, the two Concept X models employ Toyo Mud Terrain tyres in 38/15,5 R20 guise. And both models also gain a seven-inch (178 mm) suspension lift kit to take ground clearance to a whopping 370 mm, as well as 60 mm remote-reservoir shock absorbers.
Of course, Isuzu has also fitted each of the concepts with a bold body kit, as well as bespoke decals, sinister red lenses for the headlamps and a winch up front and at the rear.
Under the bonnet, though, nothing’s changed, which means each is still powered by the 3,0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel unit offered in Australia, which makes an unchanged 130 kW and 430 N.m, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Stopping power has, however, been upgraded thanks to the fitment of larger discs all round (390 mm fore and 355 mm aft).
As was the case with the Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept of 2017, the Australian arm of the Japanese automaker seemingly has no plans to put these models into production.
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