Slowly but steadily Isuzu have picked up the pace in our market with their pick-up trucks however they lacked an SUV after the ageing MU-7. That is the reason why Isuzu has decided to replace the ageing model with their new age SUV known as MU-X. Will this SUV be able to take on the new age rivals, Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Endeavour? Let us find out.
How does it look?
Yes, this SUV is stylish as the new MU-X is based on a completely new platform with new designing approach which makes it a smart looking SUV if compared to the dated, MU-7. Of course few of the styling elements such as projector headlamps and front grille styling are similar to the new pick-up Truck V-Cross but they surely add to the styling of this SUV. The day time running LED lamps, thick chrome bars forming twin slat front grille, sharp bumper and raised stance gives it a muscular looks which are much needed in this segment. The side profile with the meaty wheel arches and 17-inch wheels resembles a lot to the Trailblazer since it shares its chassis with it however the wrap around design of tail lamps and big rear glass completes the SUV look.
The new chassis makes this vehicle shorter in length and wider and taller than its predecessor. The reduced length also shortens the wheelbase of this SUV to 2845mm as compared to its predecessor. Since, it will come with three row seating arrangement so it may not be as spacious as MU-7 due to reduced wheelbase but it will still be spacious enough to compete with rivals.
What about inside?
This whole change in appearance can also be seen inside as well where the SUV gets all new dashboard. This whole set-up is similar to the D-Max but is more plush with its piano black finish, chrome and leather seats. There is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the centre console, round shaped auto climate control and overall everything looks of premium quality with good overall fit and finish. The features in this SUV will include 6-way power adjustable driver seat, climate control, cooling vents for all three rows, Passive Entry & Start System (PESS), Cruise control system, DVD player with remote, 8-speaker audio system, Roof mounted 10 inch DVD entertainment monitor, dual airbags with ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist etc.
The seats are reasonably comfy and space on the second row is good. The third row is not bad too! In terms of luggage space with all three rows in place it is 235l while with 2nd and 3rd row folded flat it is 1830l.
The engine is a 3.0L, 4-cyliner turbocharged diesel engine which will churn out a peak power of 174bhp@3600rpm with a maximum torque output of 380Nm ranging between 1800-2800rpm. This engine is offered with a 5-speed automatic gearbox. However it will also get a 1.9 diesel in the future for even more competitive pricing. There is a 4x4 option as well with shift on the fly 4x4 select dial. The official mileage is 13.8 kmpl for the 4x2 model.
Will it fit in budget?
Prices start at Rs Rs 23.99 lakh for the 4x2 and Rs 25.99 lakh for the 4x4. In terms of pricing it is much cheaper than rivals and as a package it is quite appealing too with its looks, features and more importantly off-road ability plus all the attributes which made the D-Max popular. It is a rugged SUV and is a compelling alternative to the Fortuner and Endeavour.
Words- Sunil Kumar