Isuzu to Launch Fortuner Rival MU-X in India

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After launching the D-Max V-Cross pickup truck in India earlier this year, Isuzu will now bring the MU-X to India. The MU-X will replace the ageing MU-7 and continue to rival the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Endeavour. Isuzu inaugurated its plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh earlier this year with an investment of INR 3,000 crore. Isuzu could launch the MU-X here in India by the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Prices of the Isuzu MU-X will fall in the Rs. 24 – 28 lakhs range. Read on for more details on the Isuzu MU-X India Launch, Price and Specifications.

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Isuzu MU-X India Launch

Model Name Expected Launch Date
Isuzu MU-X India Launch Date End 2016 or Early 2017

We haven’t received any official word from Isuzu yet, but a launch is definitely on the cards. Our guess is that the Isuzu MU-X launch in India could take place by the end of 2016 or in the first quarter of 2017. By then, Isuzu’s dealer network will have grown, making their products and services more accessible. Recent reports suggest Isuzu has imported examples of the MU-X to India for testing purposes. This confirms the brand’s intentions to launch the SUV in India.

With local production already in place, Isuzu shouldn’t take too long to roll out the MU-X. However, we are yet to spot test mules of the SUV. There have been conflicting reports of the SUV’s launch in India. While some suggest it will come to us before the end of 2016, other sources say the Isuzu MU-X India launch will take place only in the first quarter of 2017.

Isuzu MU-X Price in India

Variant Ex-Showroom Price (Estimated)
Isuzu MU-X LS-M Manual 4×4 INR 22.90 lakhs
Isuzu MU-X LS-M Automatic 4×4 INR 24.00 lakhs
Isuzu MU-X LS-U Manual 4×4 INR 23.66 lakhs
Isuzu MU-X LS-U Automatic 4×4 INR 24.76 lakhs
Isuzu MU-X LS-T Automatic 4×4 INR 26.87 lakhs

Thanks to local production, we expect the Isuzu MU-X to come with an aggressive price tag. The MU-X range is likely to start around INR 23 lakhs going all the way up to INR 27 lakhs. A starting price of around 23 lakhs will place it below its key rivals Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.

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Isuzu MU-X India – Rivals

The MU-X will rival fellow mid-size SUVs, which includes some popular names such as the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.

It is worth noting that Toyota has just announced they will launch the new 2016 Fortuner in India before the end of this year. Also, Chevrolet will launch the Trailblazer facelift in India by December 2016. Both cars will be the MU-X’s main rivals in India.

Isuzu MU-X India Specifications

Powering the Isuzu MU-X will be a 3.0-litre diesel engine. It will churn out a max. power of 177 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. Transmission duties will be taken care of by either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Four wheel drive will be offered, at least as an option.

Length x Width x Height 4825 x 1860 x 1860 mm
Wheelbase 2845 mm
Kerb Weight 2060 kg
Wheel Type and Size 17” Alloys
Boot Space -NA-
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 litres
Engine Type/ Displacement 3.0 L Diesel
Power (estimated) 177 PS @ 3600 rpm
Torque (estimated) 380 Nm @ 1800 rpm
Top Speed -NA-
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) -NA-
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual/5-speed automatic
Mileage 12 km/l (estimated)

These specifications are based on the model sold in international markets. India-spec model’s specifications could vary.

Isuzu MU-X India Mileage

City 8 km/l
Highway 14 km/l
Overall (ARAI Figure) 12 km/l

These are estimated Isuzu MU-X fuel mileage figures. Actual numbers may vary

Isuzu MU-X India Images

Isuzu MU-X India – Dimensions

Length x Width x Height 4825 mm
Width 1860 mm
Height 1860 mm
Wheelbase 2845 mm

Isuzu MU-X India – Exterior Design

Isuzu MU-X’s front bears a very strong resemblance to the that of the D-Max V-Cross pickup truck. It gets identical headlamps. There are slight differences such as the chunkier chrome grille and a slightly different front bumper. It side profile is reminiscent of the Chevrolet Trailblazer as the two share the same platform. So you get the same bulging wheel arches, same window area and wraparound rear glass. The rear end features split tail lamp, a dash of chrome and bumper mounted reverse lamps. 17-inch alloys, chrome door handles and silver roof rails round off a very muscular exterior design of the Isuzu MU-X.

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Isuzu MU-X India – Interior Design

The resemblance to the Trailblazer and V-Cross continues as you step into the cabin of the Isuzu MU-X. The centre console features a touchscreen unit with vertical AC vents on either side. Placed below the touchscreen is a circular setup for the automatic climate control. Unlike the Trailblazer, the MU-X features a much simpler looking instrument console. The international-spec model pictured here features an all-black treatment for the cabin. For the India market, however, Isuzu could go for a black-beige colour scheme. Also, the upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer facelift features an all-new dashboard design, which will help set it apart from the Isuzu MU-X’s.

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Isuzu MU-X Colours – India

Isuzu MU-X will be available in 6 colours –

  • Titanium Silver
  • Splash White
  • Silky White Pearl
  • Outback Bronze
  • Obsidian Grey Mica
  • Cosmic Black

Isuzu MU-X Engine & Transmission

MU-X will replace the MU-7 in India, which is also powered by a 3.0-litre diesel. But it makes do with slightly lower power and torque figures of 161 bhp and 360 Nm respectively. There is a possibility of the MU-X getting the same engine with identical numbers. However, we expect Isuzu to equip the MU-X with a 3.0-litre motor that churns out 177 PS and 380 Nm of power and torque respectively. Buyers will get a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. 4 x 4 will be offered as an option, if not standard on the Isuzu MU-X for India.

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Isuzu MU-X will replace the MU-7 in India

Stay tuned to Car Blog India for more updates on the Isuzu MU-X India launch. What do you think of the upcoming SUV from Isuzu? Do let us know via the comments section below.

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