The Isuzu MU-X goes on sale across the country from May 11, 2017. Here's what you can expect from the upcoming SUV.
The Isuzu MU-X SUV is all set to go on sale in the Indian market on May 11, 2017. As you might already know, it’s going to replace the ageing MU-7 and will take the fight to the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. So, does it have what it takes to compete against established biggies from Toyota and Ford? Let’s find out,
Design: The MU-X has been around in global markets for quite a while, but it’s the first time that it’s entering India. Recently, the firm gave the SUV a midlife makeover for global markets, although updates on the vehicle were mostly cosmetic, including a revised front end and minor mechanical tweaks for some markets. Based on the same platform as the D-Max V-Cross pick-up truck, the Isuzu MU-X sports a much more aggressive stance than before – and compared to the meek MU-7, it looks a lot more intimidating now. It features a bold bumper, a large grille, LED DRLs and projector lamps, 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED tail-lamps. Overall, we think it looks quite intimidating and should appeal to buyers looking for a butch SUV.
Engine & Gearbox: In global markets, the MU-X is available with two diesel engine options – a 147bhp/350Nm 1.9-litre and a 174bhp/430Nm 3.0-litre. The former can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, while the latter is only available with a six-speed automatic. AWD is standard on the 3.0-litre version while the 1.9-litre versions are two-wheel drive. The India-spec MU-X is expected to have same specifications, albeit Isuzu may also offer it with the 132bhp/320Nm rated 2.5-litre diesel engine that already does duty in the D-Max V-Cross.
Features & Equipment: One of the major drawbacks of the Isuzu MU-7 was its dull interior. In the new MU-X, Isuzu has thankfully addressed that issue. The cabin of the MU-X has been thoroughly refreshed and it feels rich and upmarket compared to the plasticky interior of the MU-7. The interior sports dual-tone upholstery. Depending on the spec, it’ll come fitted with either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Among some of the features, it’ll have automatic climate control, individual AC vents across three rows (it’s a seven-seater), electric driver’s seat adjustment, rear parking camera and sensors, etc.
Expected price: When launched, the Isuzu MU-X is expected to carry a price tag ranging between Rs. 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom). Isuzu will be producing the MU-X locally for sale in the domestic market.
Also read: Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Review