new Isuzu mu-X which was launched late 2018 is a face lifted version of the
previous model. The design of the new
Isuzu 4X4 mu-X which has been inspired by an eagle now gets smart looking LED
DRLs. There is also a Bi-LED auto leveling projector headlamp. You also get a
large 18-inches multi spoke twist design diamond-cut alloy wheels that look
The rear gets redesigned tail-lights, two-tone spoiler and a
shark fin antenna with gun metal finish. The ground clearance of this vehicle
has gone up to 230mm which is 10mm more than the previous version. On the
inside is a new ‘Lava Black’ finish, Passive Entry and Start Stop System, a
reworked Multi Information Display and 8 speaker surround sound system.
2999cc, 3.0 litre turbo diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve
5-speed Sequential Shift automatic transmission and ability to switch
to 4X4 on the fly
Independent, Double wishbone, coil springs, gas shock absorbers,
Penta link coil suspension, gas shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
300 mm dia ventilated front discs with twin-pot calipers
318 mm dia ventilated rear disc
255 / 60 R18
Fuel tank capacity
65L capacity High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) tank
Length X width X height (mm)
4825 x 1860 x 1840
26.26 lakh ex showroom
The vehicle now comes with six airbags. The SUV also has
other safety features like ABS with EBD, TCS, EBA, ESC, Hill Start Assist, Hill
Descent Control and rear parking camera. The new mu-X retains the same 3.0L Ddi
VGS Turbo diesel engine that is good for 174hp and 380Nm of. There is a 5-speed
Sequential Shift automatic transmission and the ability to switch to 4X4 on the
At Around Rs 26.26 lakh ex showroom price, it is competing
with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Mahindra Alturas
G4.The competition is extremely tough out there.
As a standalone product, the new Isuzu mu-X has a lot of
features, yet it misses out on several features.
Isuzu mu-X: LIKES
I am a stickler for safety and this vehicle has now got six air bags. These
include one for the driver, one for the front passenger, front side and full
length curtain on either side. Then
there are a plethora of other features like 4-Channel 4-Sensor ABS (Anti-Lock
Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), Emergency Brake
Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System
(TCS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Engine immobilizer,
collapsible steering column etc
SYSTEM: I was impressed by the 4x4 system of the vehicle with its Terrain
Command control with 'shift-on-the-fly' 4-high selection at up to 100kmph.
Coupled with the increased ground clearance which is now 230mm, the vehicle is
now a true off roader.
This heavy -duty ladder construction chassis mounted vehicle comes with rock
solid suspension which takes the smooth and the tough with considerable ease.
The front suspension comprises Independent, double wishbone, coil springs, gas
shock absorbers, and a stabiliser bar, while the rear comprises penta link coil suspension, gas shock
absorbers with a stabiliser bar
SPACE: Apart from storage space for bottle and other knick knacks, there is
a lot of cargo space. Behind the third row there is 235 litres of space, but
with the 3rd row folded it is 878 litres and with 2nd & 3rd row
folded flat, the space increases to 1830 litres.
PROTECTION: Built on the true spirit of an off roader, this vehicle has
Under-front steel plate skid plate, Steel plate sump guards, Steel plate
transfer protector, Steel plate on leading edge of fuel tank and Fuel tank fire
Seats in this vehicle are comfortable with the front ones being bucket seats
with the driver seat being 6-way power adjustable. The 2nd row
is 60:40 split with fold away centre arm
rest, besides these seats are one-touch fold & tumble. The third row seats
are 50:50 split-fold and they too are one-touch fold. Both the 2nd
and 3rd row seats can be folded flat. The headrests are adjustable for all seats, including centre seat
Isuzu mu-X: DISLIKES
PARKING SENSORS: The new Isuzu mu-X does not come with parking sensors.
Yes, it has a reverse parking camera but reversing it can be a lot painful with
the sensors missing.
ROW SPACE COMPROMISED: The 3rd row space is compromised. This
space is not meant for adults at all.
SUNROOF: The vehicle does not have a sunroof. Competitors offer this for
DEAD PEDAL: The dead pedal is very small, badly designed and is not placed
correctly for the left foot to rest.
PADDLE SHIFTERS: This vehicle comes with an automatic transmission with
provision to change gears manually. But sadly, it does not come with paddle
WHEEL IS NOT TELESCOPIC: The steering wheel is tilt adjustable but is not
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