Isuzu has launched its Toyota Fortuner rival, the Isuzu MU-X in India, priced from Rs. 23.9 lakhs.

Isuzu MU-X SUV
The SUV gets chrome grille surrounds that make it look even bigger

The Isuzu MU-X has been launched in India and there is only one 3.0-litre diesel version on offer. The SUV has been priced at Rs. 23.9 lakhs for the 4×2 variant and Rs. 25.9 lakhs for the 4×4 version (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Isuzu MU-X competes with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in the Indian market.

In terms of looks, the SUV up front looks very much identical to its cousin, the D-Max V-Cross pick-up and will be sharing its platform too. There are projector headlamps and LED DRLs on offer. Get to the side of the Isuzu MU-X and instantly noticeable are the big bulged wheel arches. The vehicle sits on 255 section tyres that are wrapped in 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear is what differentiates it from its cousin, the D-Max V-Cross pick-up, as it gets new tail-lamps.

Powering the Isuzu MU-X is a 3.0-litre 4-cylinder VGS turbo diesel engine that churns out 174 HP of power at 3600 RPM and 380 Nm of torque between 1800 – 2800 RPM. The motor is coupled to a 5-speed sequential shift automatic gearbox with the claimed mileage being 13.8 km/l for the 4×2 model. The SUV also comes with the option of 4×4 with terrain command control and shift on the fly 4×4 select dial. The MU-X is suspended via an independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs up front and a penta-link suspension with gas shock absorbers at the rear.

There are disc brakes on all four wheels and ABS with EBD is standard. Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Hill Start Assist, dual front airbags are some of the safety features on offer.

Get inside the Isuzu MU-X and it will remind you of the D-Max V-Cross pick-up and the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The cabin is pretty neatly laid out. It’s simple and ergonomic. The SUV gets 6-way power adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, keyless entry and start system, a 7-inch infotainment system, cruise control, etc. The vehicle is offered in a choice of four colours –
Silky White, Orchid Brown, Cosmic Black and Titanium Silver.

Isuzu MU-X Launched

– Isuzu has launched the MU-X SUV at Rs. 23.9 lakhs for the 4×2 variant
– The SUV comes in only one 3.0-litre diesel engine
– The Isuzu MU-X rivals the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour

2017 Isuzu MU-X Interior
Interiors are similar to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and there are a host of features on offer
2014 Isuzu MU-X Rear
The rear looks neatly done, the tail-lights are in sync with the SUV’s boxy design