The Isuzu plans to launch its MU-X SUV in India by the end of this year. It is expected that the upcoming MU-X will replace the current MU-7 SUV of Isuzu. The MU-7 which was launched in the year 2012 has been replaced by MU-X in most of the markets due to its lacking performance compared to its rivals. Though it came with ample space on the inside, a large vehicle feel on the outside, and a 3.0-litre engine under its hood, the MU-7 wasn’t really able to make a mark in the segment. This lukewarm response was mainly attributed to the MU-7’s dated looks and poor levels of fit and finish. With the MU-X, Isuzu is said to have worked on these limitations, and thus hopes to get a better response from the Indian customers.
Isuzu MU-X has been built on the same platform of the Trailblazer SUV of Chevrolet. MU-X looks almost similar to Trailblazer in the side and rear view and gets most of its design cues from the Trailblazer. The interior of the car is also exactly the same as the Chevy Trailblazer. MU-X features a twin-slat grille in chrome, 8-inch touch screen system, cruise control, automatic climate control, muscular front bumper, projector headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, emergency brake assist, hill start assist, etc.
The MU-X is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine that churns out 174 BHP and 380 Nm of torque. However, Isuzu might equip the Indian version with the same engine that powers the MU-7. This is also a 3.0-litre unit, but it develops slightly lower power and torque figures of 161 BHP and 360 Nm, respectively. Transmission will be offered via a 5-speed Manual and an Automatic gearbox. The ARAI rated fuel efficiency claimed by the company is 12.08kmpl.
The Indian-spec MU-X will be measuring 4825mm in terms of length, 1860mm in width and 1840mm in terms of height. The wheelbase and ground clearance of the car will be 2845mm and 230mm respectively. Once launched, the Isuzu MU-X will compete with established rivals like the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.