Isuzu MU-X Variants
Isuzu MU-X • Price, Variants & Specifications
The Japanese car maker, Isuzu, have placed itself as a heavyweight in the premium SUV segment with the launch of its plusher MU-X in India. The much-awaited massive SUV, Isuzu MU-X is going to replace the current flagship model, MU-7 which was
unable to find success in the Indian automobile market as the MU-7 lacked features as its rivals and also looked outdated than its competitors in the segment. With MU-X, Isuzu has a lot more to offer with its visually modern and stylish looks, and
long rich features and equipment.
Based on the new-generation D-Max pick-up truck, the Isuzu engineers have collaborated with General Motors to develop MU-X, and the first version was introduced to the world at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. It is quite weird that the SUV is
not sold in its home country as MU-X doesn't comply with the Japanese dimensions regulations because of its larger dimensions and attracts higher pie of road tax. This doesn't deter its success in other Southeast Asian markets - Thailand and
Indonesia and other countries of right-hand-drive (RHD) like Australia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Since the launch of the Isuzu MU-X has been speculated for quite a while now, it remains to be seen how MU-X fares against the giants like Fortuner and Endeavour.
Isuzu MU-X gets a new face with the signature look of a premium SUV, with horizontally-slatted front two-piece grille and a good-looking Isuzu badging placed in the center. The front face resembles the D-Max V -Cross truck and the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The bonnet is given a muscular and aggressive stance with the firmly placed headlights that sit on the edge of the bonnet and the LED daytime running lamps mounted on the contrast-coloured bumper. The darker shade on the lower portion in the front gives it a floating appearance. Also, the door handles and the ORVMs are bathed in chrome.
Coming to the side profile (which resembles a lot to the Trailblazer), the SUV has three visible rows: an elevated roofline, raked up windscreen in the front and muscular bulged wheel arches. Standard roof rails and smartly designed 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels across all variants is a delight for the customers and gives that extra premium appeal. The tall high profile tyres complement the tough look of the SUV.
The rear of the Isuzu, just like the Trailblazer gets sharp wraparound tail lights and a wraparound glass area.
There is also a steel plate transfer protector which comes with the fuel tank protector and standard underbody.
When you get into this huge-framed SUV's cabin, the first thing you'll notice is the eloquent dashboard with number of new embellishments, similar to the D-Max V-Cross. Isuzu MU-X gets dual tone ivory-grey interiors and the plastics used have a nice texture with a piano black finish for the centre console and the vents around the AC pods, while the controls mounted steering wheel is given silver finish.
The premium list of features in the airy cabin includes integrated 7-inch infotainment system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming and a 10-inch roof mount DVD monitor for the rear passengers along with a 'Live Surround Sound' 10 speaker system, AUX and Radio playback, height adjustable driver seat, cruise control, keyless entry feature, Automatic climate control and air conditioner vents on all three rows. Even though the touchscreen is easy to use, the facility of smartphone integration is not given, as in other competitors like Fortuner and Endeavour.
It will also be a flinty task to reach for the switches of the rear AC and the traction control, as both are inconveniently hidden under the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.
Isuzu MU-X's cabin offers a lot of space inside. The uniquely tailored leather seats, with seating for 7 occupants, and softer leather cushioning trims on the door pads and armrests gives the SUV a more premium and classy feel. The front driver's side is well cushioned, and placed at a high position which gives a commanding position behind the wheels and a good view out. The middle row gets enough legroom and the thigh support is far above excellent. But as in other seven seater SUV's, the middle-row seats can't be slided for adding knee room. The third row also gets decent knee room and can be accessed with just a lever pull that helps to fold and flip the middle row seats.
The Isuzu MU-X gets the boot space of 235 L when all three rows are folded up and 878 L with only the third row folded.
Engine and Performance
The MU-X comes with a 3.0-litre turbocharged engine with options to drive either in a four-wheel-drive (4x4) or two-wheel drive (4x2) selected by a rotary knob. The four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a rail direct injection intercooler mill, which comes mated to a five-speed automatic transmission gearbox produces 177 hp at 3,600rpm and 380 Nm of torque at a range between 1,800 to 2,800 rpm.
The engine isn't the most refined as seen in SUV's like this and doesn't freely reevs above 4,000 rpm. The engine fan noise can be heard in the cabin with lot of vibes after crossing the 2,000 rpm. But that can't be said about the response from the throttle and the power delivery, which is sharp and smooth.
The gearbox is very inconsistent when the accelerator is punched for an overtake or to pick up the speed after jumping on a speed breaker. Overall, the MU-X has got a slow- reeving engine that provides a decent 8 kmpl in the city and 12.5 kmpl when driven on the highways.
The Isuzu MU-X comes in four colours:
- Silky White Pearl
- Orchid Brown Mica
- Cosmic Black Mica
- Titanium Silver Metallic
Isuzu-MX has given all due-attention to the safety of the passengers with the inclusion of these standard features: ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution),dual front airbags,Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist Traction Control System, ISOFIX mounts in the second-row seats and an engine immobiliser with an anti-theft system. It also gets 4WD Terrain Command Select as optional feature.
Overall, the Isuzu MU-X SUV is one of the cheapest SUV's in the competition, with only Chevrolet Trailblazer on the same price tag. The SUV is spacious, comfortable, rugged, reliable and feels like the kind of SUV one would like to throw on larger tyres and what more can you expect from the SUV which falls 5-6 lakhs below the likes of new Endeavour and Fortuner.
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