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ISUZU MU-X

ISUZU MU-X

Snapshot: Indian buyers have yet another premium option in the big XL-sized SUV space. This time from a Japanese maker.

There is no denying the fact that Indians love SUVs. SUV sales have more than doubled in India in the last five years. That too at a phenomenal 20 percent CAGR. Isuzu which has so far been an ‘also ran’ in the SUV space now wants a bigger chunk of this segment with the all-new MU-X, which replaces the ageing MU-7. The bug, bulky SUV is essentially a rival to the Ford Endeavour as well as the Toyota Fortuner.

Exteriors

The car looks similar to the D-Max V-Cross, with which it shares plenty of components. So you get the same big grille up ahead as well as the pronounced wheel arches on the side, which give it a very masculine presence. The car shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer as well and from side profile this car looks similar, atleast in the silhouette. The rear end with its simple horizontal lamps manages to look cohesive along with the rest of the car. Though a good design in its own right, the MU-X neither has the wow factor of the Fortuner nor the sheer presence of the Endeavour.

Interiors

The quality of materials used is very good and at par with other rivals in this space. The car comes loaded with kit too, including plenty of safety equipment. Some key features include, 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 and cruise control as well.

Terrain Command 4×4If you have been inside a Nissan Sunny or Micra then the AC control unit of the MU-X will look similar. The round theme breaks the monotony of square shapes inside the cabin. The front seats have plenty of cushioning to keep occupants comfortable even on the longest of journey.

Moving onto the second row of seats, there is good space for three occupants here. That said, the seat cushioning is decent but headroom is in short supply, especially for someone who is around 6-foot tall. The last row of seats are best for only small children, anyone over 5 feet 5 inches tall will struggle in the last row. Unlike its rivals, the MU-X doesn’t offer front sliding second row of seats, which means that usability isn’t the best. The boot area is comparable to rivals but the tall loading sill ensures that you will have to put your back into loading the boot space.

Engine, performance and gearbox

The car will be powered by a 3-litre diesel engine which will generate 177bhp of power and 380Nm of torque. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox. Going by our experiences with the Isuzu V-Cross we expect this engine to be just as responsive if not more and the cabin should also be well insulated from the elements outside. Isuzu claims that the 4x2 model can deliver 13.8kpl, which means you can safely expect 10-11kpl on a regular basis. More on this when we finally get to drive the car.

Summary

The MU-X is priced at Rs 23.99 lakh for the 4x2 version while the 4x4 retails for Rs 24.99 lakh(both, ex-showroom, Delhi). While it does undercut rivals for sheer price, we reserve our judgement till we have driven the car.

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