Isuzu India has launched mu-X SUV in India at an appealing price of Rs. 23.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 4×2 AT variant and Rs. 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 4×4 AT variant.
Interestingly, both 4×2 and 4×4 variants of mu-X are only available with 5-speed automatic transmission and are powered by a 3 liter Ddi VGS Turbo Hi-Power engine with maximum power output of 130 kW (177 PS) at 3,600rpm and maximum torque of 380 Nm at 1,800 – 2,800rpm. Isuzu is claiming a mileage of 13.8 kmpl for Isuzu mu-X.
The 4×4 variant has an electronic shift-on-the-fly rotary dial and allows the mu-X to be shifted to 4×4 high ratio on the fly at speeds upto 100 kmph. There is also a 4×4 low ratio option for tackling tricky situations.
Isuzu mu-X comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), 4 Channel 4 Sensor ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and dual front airbags.
Design wise, mu-X has quite a road presence with its beefy double slat chrome grille, multi-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels, and two-tone front and rear bumpers.
The interiors of mu-X have dual-tone finish in shades of Ivory and Grey with the upholstery done in soft leather. There is also a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, roof-mounted surround sound system with 8 speakers, roof mounted 10 inch DVD entertainment monitor, cruise control, keyless entry, reverse camera, climate control and AC vents for all three rows.
As per Isuzu, 3rd-row seating is comfortable for the adults and hence the 7 seater tag for the mu-X is truly justified, as it can be used with all 7 adult occupants sitting in comfort.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Director of the Board and Managing Executive Officer, Isuzu Motors Ltd, said, “India is a key market for ISUZU globally and is also a future hub of our global manufacturing operations. We will continue to invest in the Indian operations and also bring in the best technology and engineering that ISUZU has to offer globally. ISUZU is globally renowned for making tough, reliable and fuel efficient vehicles that are known to be engineered for life. The mu-X embodies these characteristics and will be built at our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Sri City with the same exacting quality standards that have madeISUZU a trusted brand all over the world.”
Mr. Hitoshi Kono, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, added, “The ISUZU mu-X is the perfect SUV for the modern Indian SUV buyer and it has been designed to offer the perfect combination of style, power and road presence while also providing excellent space and comfort. The Indian market for SUVs is now coming of age and we are excited to be present here in these times with our latest offering. We are confident the mu-X will set a new benchmark for full size premium SUVs in India.”
Isuzu mu-X would be competing directly with the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, and the Chevrolet Trailblazer in India.