Isuzu Motors India will be launching their
MUX, a 7 seater SUV in India in the second week of May 2017. The company launched
the D-Max V-Cross pick-up truck for the passenger utility vehicle space in 2016.
Isuzu is said to be bringing the MUX to India in a CKD format and will assemble
the SUV at their Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh.
The installed capacity of the facility in
Sri City is 50,000 units. However, at present the plant is functioning way
below its installed capacity, having produced 2884 units in FY 16-17. The
company will be introducing the MUX into a space where its predecessor the MU-7
failed to make any headway. However, if the company is able to get the price
right on the MUX SUV, they may be able to turn their fortunes in India before
it gets too late. Here is a look at what all the Isuzu MUX may offer when
launched in India.
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Isuzu MUX India Engine & Transmission
The Isuzu MUX will take on the likes of the
Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The MUX may get
two diesel powertrain options, a 2.5L & a 3.0L turbo diesel engine options.
While the 2.5L diesel engine gets an output figure of 136hp, the 3.0L option
gets an output figure of 177hp. Both engine options are likely to get 4X2 and
4X4 capability with a 5-speed diesel and a 5-speed automatic gearbox on offer
Isuzu MUX India Launch Date
Isuzu will be officially launching the MUX
7 seater SUV in the Indian market on May 11, 2017. The Isuzu MUX will be
available in showrooms across India on the same day.
Isuzu MUX India Variants & Price
Isuzu may bring in the MUX as an affordable
option in India, with prices ranging between Rs. 24 to 28 lakh (ex-showroom
Delhi). The company will bring in automatic as well as manual transmission
options for the Isuzu MUX along with variants for 4X2 and 4X4 capability. At
present, Isuzu is already importing the 2.5L diesel mill for the D-Max V-Cross
pickup and the company may introduce just this engine option on the MUX SUV. Since
the MUX will compete with the likes of the Fortuner and the Endeavour, Isuzu
may choose to price it lower to gain a sustainable market share.
Isuzu MUX India Dimensions
The Isuzu MU7 was longer and had a greater
wheelbase than the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, the new Isuzu MUX is
4825mm long which makes it longer than the Toyota Fortuner but not as long as
the Ford Endeavour. The Isuzu MUX also gets a wheelbase of 2845mm which is again
more than the Fortuner but less than the Endeavour. In terms of width the MUX
measures 1860mm while its height measures at 1825mm. The variants of the Isuzu MUX
available in Thailand get a ground clearance of 230mm which may be what the
India spec variant will get. The MUX will also get a 30.1 degree approach angle
and a 25.1 degree departure angle. The Kerb weight of the MUX stands at 1935kgs.
Isuzu MUX India Features
Isuzu MUX may be offered in the Indian market with features like an 8 inch touch screen infotainment setup with
USB, AUX and bluetooth integration, automatic climate control, power adjusted
and retractable ORVMs, push button start-stop, steering mounted controls, 6-way
electrically adjustable driver seat, 6-speaker audio system with 2 roof mounted
speakers and 14 cup holders amongst other features.