Spotted a relatively plain old AWD today. Was disinterested, until I saw the badge on the side of it:
What? It’s actually called a Mysterious Utility.
So I Googled it, half expecting it to be some aftermarket thing like when you see a Hyundai Excel with a Sportz sticker on the side. Nope, the Isuzu Mysterious Utility is a real car.
And then I found this:
And I lost it. The Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard is a real car and look how large and numerous the badges are there are literally 4 of them in this image.
(Sidenode: the Hyundai Excel Sportz is actually legit. I can’t believe it. This is a big day for me)
Ignoring the incredible fact that this thing exists, the fact that I actually saw one is a bit of a puzzle in itself. As far as I know these cars were sold in Australia as Holden Fronteras. So I had a look to see if this is a freak, or if there are any more for sale. And that’s when I stumbled upon the greatest discovery of them all:
The Mysterious Utility is still in production. They morphed a bit, eventually becoming the Holden Rodeo pickup (also sold as an Isuzu D-MAX), but they currently exist in the Australian market as an SUV version of this - the MU-X. I knew the MU-X had gone on sale recently, but I had no idea that’s what the name meant and I feel I’ve now come full circle and that I’ve uncovered an incredible secret that Isuzu have buried deep in the Internets. Look how proud they are of it!
A sad end to this story: I found no more of the original MUs for sale in Australia on Carsales - the one I saw may be quite rare as one of few non-Holden models in the country, I wish I’d gotten a picture.