After General Motors pulled out of South Africa, Isuzu very quickly took over its facilities in Struandale. Isuzu also took the opportunity to launch its seven seater SUV, the MU-X, in South Africa, something there has been speculation about for quite a while.

Isuzu carried out extensive research before deciding to bring the vehicle to SA, but have now said it will arrive later this year. It’s not yet clear whether it will be imported or made at the Struandale factory.

It will be trying to outshine the Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Everest, and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. It shares its body form, structure, and platform with the Chevrolet Trailblazer.

The Japanese manufacturer hasn’t released any prices or detailed specs yet, but Isuzu have said it will have a 3-litre turbo diesel engine, and will be first class for economy at the fuel pumps. The MU-X will be available in both 2×4 or 4×4 configurations and will have five-link rear suspension.

Thailand was the first place the MU-X was launched, before being introduced in the Philippines where it currently holds market leader status. After there it was launched in Australia, where it’s proven extremely popular. South Africa is next.

Isuzu have said they are very excited about the addition of the MU-X to its range, and being able to offer South Africans an SUV originating from a brand that is trusted and known for its reliability.