If you thought your off-road rig is already wild, Isuzu Ute Australia would like to one up that with the new D-Max and mu-X Concept X. Revealed at the National 4x4 Outdoors Show in Melbourne, the high riding mu-X and D-Max are heavily modified with a host of parts in order to make it into a capable of extreme off-roading vehicle.
The Concept X duo are built by Isuzu's Team D-Max and EMG. Both the pick-up and SUV features heavily revised body panels which include a new front end, a vented, bulging hood, extra wide fenders and a resculpted rear bumper. Integrated into the bumpers are front and rear winches to help get out of sticky situations. The new panels were also fabricated from steel to make it more durable rather than using fiberglass.
Unique on the D-Max is the custom built alloy tray in the truck bed which allows tires and jerry cans to be fitted. Rounding up the exterior makeover on the Concept X duo are the stickers and red-lensed headlights.
Both the D-Max and Mu-X Concept X ride on a set of 38/15.5R20 Mud Terrain tires from Toyo Tires. In order to fit the chunky 38-inch off-road tires, EMG gave the duo a 7-inch lift with custom 60mm remote-reservoir shock absorbers. The D-Max's three-leaf spring rear end has also been replaced with the five-link suspension setup on the mu-X. As a result, the approach and departure angles have been increased to 50 and 38 degrees, respectively.
Large 6-piston and 4-piston brakes at the front and rear, respecitively, help stop the massive off-roaders. Under the hood, the engine remains untouched. Both models are still powered by the standard 3.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine which produces 177 PS and 430Nm of torque mated to a six-speed automatic. The only change would be the unique exhaust. The interior has also been left as is with the all the modifications made externally.