Japanese automobile manufacturer Isuzu is planning to roll out the MU-X SUV in India. This is probably set against the MU-7 SUV, which is very slow moving in the market and the new MU-X will likely replace the MU-7.
For four years, since launch in 2012, the MU-X has been underperforming in India, despite its spacious cabin size, automatic transmission, powerful 3.0-litre mills, etc. However, the exterior looked bland and boxy with an ugly grille. It neither looked classic nor retro. It just looked plain, old and outdated. So, the Isuzu is reportedly planning to launch the MU-X with better updated design elements and looks.
The MUX will likely take after the same design concept as the Chevrolet Trailblazer with similar looks sported by the American manufacturer�s SUV, also with the interiors looking similar. The front-grille is two-part with double horizontal chrome slats, above a beefy bumper. While the SUV is given projector headlamps, the fog lamps look very prominent. The ORVMs also look bold and aggressive.
From the side profile, the space between the large wheel arches and the wheels look very wide to accentuate the look of an SUV. The rear passenger window is relatively smaller; and the overhang looks very lengthy to create more interior space.
From the sides, the top looks flat without any sloping either way. The rear looks very bland and simple, while the high ground clearance is easy to observe, which gives it a very tall stance. The interactive features of the MU-X are premium with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system besides intangible features as automatic climate control, cruise control, etc. along with multi-function steering.
So far, the MU-X has been using the 3.0-litre diesel mill under its hood that puts out 174 bhp and 380 Nm of torque. The Indian specs, during launch, may also be the same, which might turn out to be inaccessible for its Delhi-NCR clientele. The engines will be slightly down tuned from its international version to deliver 161 bhp and 360 Nm of torque. The rivals of the Isuzu SUV MU-X will be the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner.