Isuzu today launched its MU-X SUV in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV is available in two variants – 4×2 and 4×4 – with the latter priced at Rs.25.99 lakh. The MU-X borrows design cues from the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross and features a rugged front end, along with heavily flared back and front fenders that give it a leading stance. Other exterior highlights include double slat chrome grille, 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lamps and roof rails. Under the skin, the SUV comes with a 177hp, 3.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission sending power to either two or all four wheels. The motor has a torque rating of 380Nm at 1,800-2,800rpm. The 4×4 model additionally get a shift-on-the-fly operation for the four-wheel-drive system, which gives the option to select two-high, four-high and four-low ranges. The MU-X also comes with uphill and downhill drive control. Isuzu rights that the 4×2 model can deliver 13.8kpl. Just like the exterior, the cabin borrows cues from the V-Cross pick-up truck.
The interior consists of soft leather bits and features such as climate control, cruise control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, a roof-mounted 10-inch DVD monitor, and cruise and audio controls on the steering wheel. Safety features in the SUV include traction control, ABS, EBD and ESC and rear parking camera. In terms of dimensions, the MU-X measures 4,825mm in length, 1,860mm in width, 1,840mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,845mm. Isuzu recently unveiled a face lifted version of the MU-X internationally, equipped with larger 18-inch wheels, a higher torque rating of 430Nm, a six-speed automatic gearbox and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. However, it is the pre-face lifted model which has been launched in India. The MU-X goes up against established rivals such as the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. In terms of pricing, the MU-X meaningfully undercuts the Endeavour and the Fortuner with prices for the two starting at Rs.26.63 lakh and Rs.28.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) correspondingly, for the entry level 4×2 diesel variant.