Isuzu had introduced the MU-X in India last year in May. Isuzu has now replaced the current model with a facelift which most international markets have already received. The facelift brings in updated exterior and interior styling along with increased features (6 airbags Hill Descent Control, Bi-LED Auto-levelling projector headlamps, 18-inch alloys). Pricing of the entry level trim starts at Rs 26.26 lakhs for 4×2 variant and 4×4 variant costs Rs 28.22 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom.
In select international markets, Isuzu has introduced a new 1.9 litre diesel engine with the facelift of the MU-X. The smaller engine produces 148bhp and 350 Nm of torque and is mated with a 6-speed gearbox.
However, Indian model continues with the same 3.0 litre diesel motor which was available on the pre-facelift model as well. The engine produces 174bhp and 380 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox. The smaller engine could come into picture a little later once the BS-VI emission norms kick-in.
The facelift features projector headlamps with LED DRLs, larger fog lamps with chrome inserts and a redesigned front grille and bumper. Side profile remains similar to the pre-facelift model however there are new alloy wheels on offer this time. The rear profile too looks better sculpted with a revamped bumper and LED tail-lights.
The cabin features a new dual-tone theme (replacing the current all-black look) along with some faux wood inserts. The model update also brings in a new touchscreen infotainment unit and some additional features for creature comforts.
The Isuzu MU-X SUV is based on the D-Max Pick-up truck which in-turn shares its platform with the Chevrolet Trailblazer and many other GM vehicles globally. With its introduction, the MU-X had replaced the MU-7 SUV in many international markets.
It will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavor and the upcoming XUV700 (Indianized SsangYong Rexton). The new ISUZU mu-X also comes with ‘5ECURE’ package that provides ‘5 years warranty and 5 years free periodic maintenance or 150,000 km (whichever is earlier).Terms & Conditions apply.
Commenting about the new mu-X, Mr. Naohiro Yamaguchi, Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, said, ‘The ISUZU mu-X has been gathering a lot of momentum in the Indian SUV market and is gradually becoming a preferred choice for many Indian families, thanks to its sheer space and comfort it offers. Today with the all new mu-X, we have upped the ante in our offering to the Indian SUV enthusiasts and changing lifestyle of Indian families, who seek ‘more’ from us. The new mu-X is a perfect answer to those who will appreciate the capability and value it offers. I strongly believe the new mu-X will go on to win many more hearts in India.”
Speaking at the launch of the new mu-X, Jonty Rhodes said, “I am extremely happy to be back in India and glad to be a part of ISUZU’s journey. Since my association with the brand in August, I have had the opportunity to travel in the mu-X across the country. Built on the versatile D-MAX Pick-up platform, the SUV has more to offer to travel enthusiasts like me and to many families. It certainly brings the best of both worlds together and it grows on you as you drive it more. I strongly believe it could change the dynamics of the SUV market in India. I wish ISUZU a successful journey with the new mu-X.”