The current Isuzu MU-X is a seven-seat SUV based mostly on the second-generation D-Max pick-up truck, and it has been round for almost seven years now. With the third-generation D-Max revealing itself final 12 months, it’s largely anticipated that an all-new MU-X is within the works as nicely.

The Japanese automaker has been fairly quiet about whether or not it’ll launch a second-generation MU-X, however it appears to be like like that’s precisely what’s coming. That is based mostly on patent photos of the redesigned seven-seater that have been posted by the Japan Patent Workplace, as found by Autoweek.

Like its predecessor, the brand new MU-X will share rather a lot in widespread with the D-Max, together with the entrance doorways, bonnet and entrance fenders. Nevertheless, there are some noticeable variations on the entrance, because the MU-X seems to sport slimmer headlamps, whereas the standalone framed grille, which options “fanged” slats, is smaller in dimension when in comparison with the pick-up.

The entrance bumper additionally has extra subtle-looking fog lamp sections tucked into the corners, with different cues being a separated decrease consumption and skid plate. Progressing additional rearwards, the glasshouse of the brand new mannequin additionally appears to be like extra cohesive in comparison with the present MU-X, with out outsized C-pillars to interrupt the brand new and steady window line.

This variation sees the D-pillars carrying the principle physique color moderately than being a part of the earlier mannequin’s wraparound rear window, complemented by a rising beltline and pronounced haunches. Moreover, the MU-X-specific doorways additionally sees a personality line that rises over the rear door handles, with it originating from the entrance fenders and operating by way of the entrance door handles.

On the rear, you’ll nonetheless discover two-piece taillights – albeit sleeker in form – and a quantity plate recess that has been pushed downwards to the bottom of the tailgate. In the meantime, massive reflector/fog lamp sections occupy the decrease rear apron, together with a contrasting trim piece. No particulars concerning the inside for now.

Given its roots, the MU-X ought to experience on the identical ladder-frame chassis because the D-Max, however with some modifications to make it a little bit extra road-biased. The engine line-up is more likely to be shared too, with a collection of diesel engines coupled to computerized or guide transmissions. We’ll solely get extra particulars when Isuzu decides to disclose extra sooner or later.

GALLERY: 2017 Isuzu MU-X facelift (China market)

GALLERY: 2017 Isuzu MU-X facelift (Malaysian market)