Isuzu might have not had a smooth run in the first-class SUV space with the MU-7, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the Japanese automaker from bringing in more products. The company has already seen success with the D-Max commercial and V-Cross lifestyle pick-ups. And now the business is all fixed to bring in the MU-X which will be a modern substitute of the MU-7 SUV in India. We expect Isuzu to bring in the updated MU-7 that made its debut in Thailand this year. While the pre-facelift model looked almost identical to the V-Cross, the face lifted version looks even sportier. The headlights have been redesigned and so is the radiator grille which gets a generous chrome treatment. The bumper, in the international-spec model, featured LED DRLs which we believe will make it to India as well. The Isuzu MU-X measures 4,825mm in length, 1,860mm in width and 1,825mm in height, making is shorter and lower than the V-Cross. Moreover, the V-Cross has a longer wheelbase with a better ground clearance.
The cabin layout and design of the Isuzu MU-X is identical to that of the D-Max. While the design looks minimalistic and simple, it might not be able to justify its top price tag, as there are SUVs that are located lower but come with better gear list. The features list that we have seen in the D-Max will be carried on the MU-X as well. But unlike the pick-up, there might be more than one optional of the MU-X. The MU-X sold in the international markets comes with a 3.0-litre motor that makes 177PS at 3,600rpm and 380Nm at 1,800-2,800rpm. However, Isuzu might bring in the MU-X with the same motor as the MU-7. The MU-X will be offered with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission options.
Last year, Isuzu India opened its first industrial facility in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. The firm has invested Rs.3, 000 crore in this plant. This along with an updated motor from the MU-7 will help Isuzu price the MU-X in the range of Rs.23-27 lakh.