Isuzu MU-X Review

Isuzu has been available in India since 2012 and eventually expanding its base in the Indian market state by state. The Japanese car maker has launched its most popular SUV, the MU-X in May 2017 and has replaced its current luxury, the MU7. The MU-X is a more luxurious version of the MU7 and competes in the full-size SUV space in the country.

The front of the MU-X has a horizontally slatted two piece grille with a large Isuzu badging. The headlights installed on the edge of the bonnet and the bumper mounted LED daytime running lamps give it a muscular look. The lower portion of the SUV is darker which gives it a floating appearance. From side, it looks like a typical SUV with 3 visible rows, a sharply ranked front windscreen, a high roofline and flared wheel arches. The roof rails and 18 inch allow wheels are standard in all variants. The rear has typical SUV design with sharp wraparound tail lights. The design idea is very much same to that of the Chevrolet Trailblazer.

All variants of the MU-X sold internationally come with leather seats and so will be the Indian SUV. It will have an optional premium audio system with 6 speakers and 2 roof-mounted speakers. There will be Bluetooth connectivity along with audio streaming. The Isuzu SUV will have 14 cup holders, steering wheel with integrated audio control, climate control and six-way electric driver seat. The second and third row seats will be foldable, allowing for better or increased luggage space.

The MU-X will be competing with, Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Trailblazer, SsangYong Rexton, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Ford Endeavour in the Indian premium SUV space.

2017 Isuzu MU X Price in India

Isuzu MU X India Prices (Ex-showroom)
4×2 Rs. 23.99 Lakh
4×4 Rs. 25.99 Lakh

 

2017 Isuzu MU X India Specifications

 

Isuzu MU X India Specifications
Engine Type/ Displacement 3.0 L Diesel
Power 177 PS @ 3600 rpm
Torque 380 Nm @ 1800 rpm
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed automatic
Mileage 13.8 km/l (claimed)

 

The MU-X comes mated to a 5 speed automatic gearbox. The MU-X is powered by the 3.0 liter common rail direct injection intercooler mill that produces 174 bhp of power at 3600rpm and 380Nm of torque from 1800rpm. It has got independent double wishbone suspension in the front and a penta-link setup in the back with shock absorbers.

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2017 Isuzu MU X India Mileage

City (estimated) 8-9 KMPL
Highway (estimated) 13-14 KMPL
Overall (ARAI Figure) (Claimed) 13.8 KMPL

2017 Isuzu MU X India Features

2017 Isuzu MU-X Review

  • Automatic climate control
  • AC vents for all three rows
  • Passive entry and start system
  • Electrically adjustable and electric folding ORVMs
  • 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 8 speaker audio system
  • Roof mounted 10 inch DVD monitor
  • Cruise control
  • Terrain Command 4×4
  • LED DRLs
  • Projector headlamps
  • ABS
  • Dual front airbags

The Isuzu MU-X is loaded with features and is sure to have everything that one expects in an SUV. Even the essential safety features are available.

2017 Isuzu MU X India Dimensions

Isuzu MU X India Dimensions
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 235 L with all three rows up878 L with third row folded
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 litres

As far as dimensions are concerned the SUV measures 4,825mm in length, 1,860mm in width, 1,840mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,845mm.

2017 Isuzu MU X India Review – Exterior Design

Isuzu MUX’s nose is similar to the D-Max V-Cross. Front and front bumper, however are slightly different. India spec MU-X is the pre-facelift model. The exterior changes are few, but worthy. They include brighter new Bi-LED projector headlights on all models, country owners will find it helpful. There are also new 16 or 18 inch alloys depending on spec that actually enhance its SUV look. It is more handsome and rugged product that most.

2017 Isuzu MU X India Review – Interior Design

 

Interior has huge resemblance to the V-Cross and Trailblazer. The center console includes a touchscreen unit with vertical AC vents on either side. Right below the touchscreen, there is a circular setup for the automatic climate control. Unlike the Trailblazer, the instrument console of the MU-X is a lot simpler looking. The India spec model will be having dual-tone ivory-grey interiors. It has seating capacity of 7 people and features leather seats.

Even with all 7 seats in place, there is enough luggage space. According to the manufacturer the last or 3rd row seating comfort was given highest importance during the development of the MU X. According to the claims made by the manufacturer, the seating comfort of 3rd row is way better than competition.

The MU-X’s nicer dual tone cabin trimming includes many soft-touch contact points and better plastics, in addition new infotainment screens are included.

The new screens measure 7-8 inches depending on the specification, and all have rear-view camera displays. Satellite navigation is a standard feature is all variants but the base LS-M. The closing lid on top of the dash is also updated; however the new one is still fiddly.

Every variant of MU-X has got seven seats, six airbags, ISOFIX anchors, Bluetooth, three USB points (this time one is given for the middle row occupants), three 12 V outlets and a full size spare wheels.

The costlier LS-U adds the 8.0 inch screen with sat navigation, new 18 inch alloys, side steps, chrome exterior highlights, vents for all three rows in the roof and privacy glass.

Cabin space has always been one important asset for Isuzu, the large boxy body making it a genuine 7 seater unlike the competition, with lots of outward visibility and a nice folding seat mechanism to access the last row. Safety features in the SUV include traction control, ESC, EBD and ABS and rear parking camera.

Isuzu recently showcased a facelifted version of the MU-X internationally. It will have larger 18 inch wheels, a six speed automatic gearbox, a higher torque rating of 430 Nm and an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system. However, the one launched in India is the pre-facelifted model.

In terms of pricing, the Isizu MU-X significantly challenges the Endeavour and the Fortuner with prices for the two starting at Rs. 28.26 lakh and Rs. 26.63 lakh, respectively, for the entry level 4×2 diesel variant. It is available in 4×2 and 4×4 variants.

The new Isuzu MU X is on sale in four colour options-

 

  • Silky White Pearl
  • Orchid Brown Mica
  • Cosmic Black Mica
  • Titanium Silver Metallic

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