Japanese carmaker, Isuzu is all set to foray into the premium SUV space with the launch of the MU-X in India which is slated for launch tomorrow. The company is expected to offer the SUV only with a diesel engine option and certain set of features which were missing in its earlier offering, the MU-7 such as an all-wheel-drive system as well as automatic transmission. In addition to the engine and gearbox options, the new MU-X will also feature a number of safety features as a standard fitment. Based on the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross pick up truck's platform, a number of components will also be shared between the two vehicles. Here is all you need to know about the specifications, features and expected price.
Engine and Transmission options
Unlike earlier speculations wherein the expected engine option for the Isuzu MU-X was the 2.5-litre diesel engine with a manual transmission already seen in the D-Max V-Cross, the MU-X will be powered by a 3.0-litre diesel motor that would generate 174 hp of power at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm to 2,800 rpm. This turbocharged diesel engine option will be available with a 5-speed automatic transmission only for added convenience. In addition, the MU-X will also have an all-wheel-drive system with Shift-on-the-fly functionality in order to tackle off-road conditions with ease. The seven-seater SUV will be offered with a three year/one lakh km warranty as standard and a 24x7 roadside assistance as well. The claimed mileage of the Isuzu MU-X is 13.2 kmpl which is acceptable for its target segment.
Exterior Design and Interior Features
Since the Isuzu MU-X will be based on its pickup truck sibling's platform, it will also have a similar design silhouette. Unlike the D-Max V-Cross, the loading bay will be replaced with front facing third-row seats with adjustable head rests and a centre armrest for all rows. The variants that will be offered in the MU-X will have 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) as well as a few chrome inserts to add the premium appeal. The 4X4 version will also get a steel plate transfer protector in addition to the standard underbody and fuel tank protector.
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The interior of the Isuzu MU-X will come with an automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming. The infotainment system also gets steering mounted audio as well as phone controls in addition to cruise control. In addition to the USB, AUX and Radio playback, this infotainment system also gets a 'Live Surround Sound' 10 speaker system with a roof mounted 10-inch monitor for the rear passengers. The boot volume of the Isuzu MU-X with all rows up is 235 litres which can be increased to 878 litres with the third row folded flat. The third row can be folded using a one lever operation and the second row will be offered in a 60:40 split format. The boot volume can be further increased to 1,830 litres if needed with the second row folded flat as well.
All versions of the Isuzu MU-X that will be offered will come with dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Hill Start Assist, ISOFIX mounts in the second-row seats and an engine immobiliser with an anti-theft system. Unlike the D-Max V-Cross which is not offered with factory-fitted reverse parking sensors or camera, the MU-X will come with reverse parking aids to maneuver the large SUV in tight parking spots.
Since the Isuzu MU-X will be locally assembled at the Sri City, Andhra Pradesh facility, the pricing, despite its set of standard as well as optional features could be competitive. If priced around the Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi mark, the new offering from Isuzu could prove to not just improve sales figures for the Japanese carmaker, but also compete in the segment dominated by the Toyota Fortuner.