The India-spec Isuzu MU-X has been spied before its scheduled launch on May 11. It was earlier assumed that the face-lifted model of the SUV, revealed in Thailand last year, would make its way to India as well. But as these images reveal, we’re getting the pre-facelifted model.
The Isuzu MU-X is closely related to the Chevrolet Trailblazer and the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. Stylistically, it looks a lot like its pick-up truck sibling. The fascia is identical to the truck’s, apart from a different, dual tone front bumper that hosts LED DRLs. Apart from that, the India-spec MU-X will come with dual tone alloy wheels, roof rails and an integrated rear spoiler.
Inside, the India-spec model will receive an all-black cabin complimented by piano black trim inserts around the HVAC vents and the centre console. The seats get beige leather upholstery, while the multi-function steering wheel and the gear selector lever get metallic accents. The centre console hosts a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring options.
Under the hood, the Isuzu MU-X is likely to come to India with an updated version of its 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It now makes 174.3 HP and 430 Nm of torque; 50 Nm up over the old car, across a wider rev band (now 1700 to 3500rpm), matched to either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
It could also get a 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 150 HP and 350 Nm of torque later in its life cycle. The D-Max V-Cross’s 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, rated at 134 HP and 320 Nm of torque, also remains a possibility. The 1.9-litre unit is only available with 2WD, with the choice of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
While the Chevrolet Trailblazer is sold as a fully-imported unit, the Isuzu MU-X will be locally assembled at Isuzu’s Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh. This facility also currently conducts local assembly of the Isuzu D-Max and the V-Cross lifestyle pick-up truck. upon launch, the MU-X will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
via Autocar India