The Isuzu MU-X is likely to launch on the 11th of May 2017. The model the MU-X is based-on the Chevrolet Trailblazer which is already on-sale in India.
Unlike the Trailblazer that is fully-imported into India, the Isuzu MU-X will be locally assembled at Isuzu’s Sri City plant in AP, where the company conducts local-assembly of the Isuzu D-Max and the V-Cross lifestyle pick-up truck which is a sister model to the MU-X.
Sources indicate that the launch of MU-X is Isuzu’s answer to the Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the new Toyota Fortuner. Bookings are now open on all authorized Isuzu dealerships across the country while the deliveries being promised soon after market launch.
Noteworthy features on the MU-X include projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, a Blaupunkt Android-based touchscreen navigation system with DVD playback, a factory-fitted drop-down rear LCD display, a tonneau cover and a boot storage organiser box to the mix. There’s also a knob behind the gear lever area for one to switch drive modes.
The second row is split 60:40; the third 50:50, and there are second- and third-row vents with blower control. Suspension is handled by double wishbones up front and a five-link setup out back (instead of the D-Max’s leaf springs); brakes are front ventilated discs and rear solid discs.
Powerplants for the India-spec MU-X are made up of the 134 hp/320 Nm 2.5-litre turbodiesel is enlisted solely for 4WD setup, with the choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Later the 150 hp/350 Nm 1.9-litre turbodiesel 2WD and the 177 hp/380 Nm 3.0-litre turbodiesel 4WD will be added.
Although Isuzu has recently launched a facelifted version of the MU-X in some markets, Indian market will get the pre-facelifted MU-X while the refreshed model will be launched next-year as a mid-lifecycle update.
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