Isuzu Motors India Private Limited (IMI), a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan has launched its premium full-size SUV, the ISUZU mu-X in India. The new SUV is targeted at buyers who seek style, power with best-in-class space and comfort.
The exterior appearance of the Isuzu mu-X SUV is inspired by the tiger. It is equipped with double slat chrome grille, two-tone front and rear bumpers and 17- inch multi-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels. The muscular and dynamic design features give the mu-X a dominating road presence.
The full-size SUV has been designed to provide the best-in-class space inside and has a capacity for 7 people. The seats are wrapped in soft leather and come with adjustable headrests and a comfortable third row. The second and third row both gain one-touch tumble seats. The driver seat is power adjustable in 6-ways.
The front dashboard is finished in dual tone ivory-grey colour scheme and features a twin cockpit design that allows easily accessible controls for both, the driver and the front passenger. The rear passengers can be kept entertained using the roof-mounted 10-inch DVD entertainment screen along with a great surround sound system.
Speaking at the occasion, 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 made ISUZU a trusted brand all over the world.”
Powering the Isuzu mu-X is the 3.0-litre ISUZU Ddi VGS Turbo Hi-Power engine which the company claims is renowned for it robustness and reliability. The diesel motor develops a power of 177 PS and a torque of 380 Nm. The Isuzu mu-X will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants with a 5-speed sequential shift Automatic Transmission. The 4WD variant is equipped with a shift-on-the-fly 4×4 select dial with low and high range.
The Isuzu mu-X is constructed using high tensile steel body with tailor welded blanks and crumple zones with anti-intrusion bars. The independent double wishbone front suspension along with the Penta-Link rear suspension provides excellent ride comfort.
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.”
The Isuzu mu-X is quite capable offroad as well and features front steel underbody plates for protection. It is also equipped with advanced active safety systems like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control System (TCS), 4 Channel 4 Sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). It also gets dual front airbags, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and 3 ISOFIX child seat anchorage points.
Other key features of the mu-x SUV include Smart Keyless Entry, Cruise control, Automatic Climate Control with ceiling-mounted blowers for 2nd and 3rd row seats, Engine Start/Stop button, Rear defogger, Electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs with turn indicators, Tilt adjustable steering wheel, Steering mounted controls, Rear parking camera, Multiple storage options and three power outlets with two USB ports.
The Isuzu mu-X SUV is available in four colours – Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Orchid Brown and Silky White Pearl.
Isuzu mu-X Price:
Isuzu mu-X 4X2 AT – INR 24,17,278/-
Isuzu mu-X 4X4 AT – INR 26,18,800/-
Prices are ex-showroom Mumbai
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Isuzu mu-X Specifications:
Type: ISUZU Ddi VGS Turbo Hi-Power 3.0 litre turbo diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve
Displacement: 2999 cc
Max Power: 130 kW (177 PS) @ 3600 rpm
Max Torque: 380 Nm @ 1800-2800 rpm
Bore x stroke: 95.4 mm x 104.9 mm
Compression ratio: 17.5:1
Cylinder head: ISUZU-patent special aluminium alloy with double-walled water jacketing
Cylinder block: Cast iron upper with advanced anti-friction induction-hardened cylinder bores, cast alloy lower
Valve train: Heavy-duty steel chain-driven dual overhead camshafts (DOHC), roller rockers, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel injection: Electronic high pressure common-rail diesel-direct injection (Ddi)
Air induction: Intercooled VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbocharger with VSS (Variable Swirl System)
Pistons: Special graphite coated pistons with heat-resistant integrated ring carrier (top ring) and nickel composite piston rings
Emission level: Bharat Stage 4
Type: 5-speed Automatic with Sequential Shift and Brake Shift Lock Electronically controlled with Adaptive Grade Logic and fuel-saving Lock-up Torque Converter on gears 3, 4 and 5.
Adaptive Grade Logic Control: holds gear in varied-gradient ascents, selects gear on steep descents to hold speed with engine braking. Uphill and Downhill Drive Control (transmission based)
Terrain Command” control with ‘shift-on-the-fly’ 2-high 4-high selection at up to 100kmph
Length: 4825 mm
Width: 1860 mm
Height: 1840 mm
Wheelbase: 2845 mm
Fuel Tank capacity: 65 L
Frame: Separate, full-length heavy-duty ladder construction chassis
Front suspension: Independent, Double wishbone, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Rear suspension: Penta-link suspension, gas shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Front: Independent 4×4: fully floating with outer CV and inner double offset joints
Rear: Rigid semi-floating banjo with hypoid final drive
Type: Speed-sensitive variable capacity power-assisted rack and pinion system
Adjustment: Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
Power-assisted via 10.5 inch servo unit
4-Channel 4-Sensor Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Front: 300 mm dia ventilated front discs with twin-pot calipers
Rear: 318 mm dia rear disc brakes
Rim: 17 x 7J – 33, Diamond-cut Alloy
Tyre: 255 / 65 R17
(Full-size alloy spare wheel)