If a report is to be believed, Isuzu India will replace the MU-7 with the MU-X by the end of this year. If the MU-X does look familiar to you, it is because it is essentially a re-skinned Chevrolet Trailblazer with an Isuzu-specific face and tail. Like the Chevy, it has a body-on-frame platform, but features slightly different styling that’s inspired by the D-Max puck-up. Highlights include a chrome front grille, flared wheel arches, 16-inch alloy wheels and a wraparound rear windshield similar to the Trailblazer.
The Isuzu MU-X measures 4,825 mm long, 1,860 mm wide and 1,825 mm high, making it shorter than the MU-7 by 130 mm, but it is also 60 mm wider and 25 mm taller than the latter. The wheelbase of the MU-X stands at 2,845 mm, as compared to the MU-7’s 3,050 mm. It is Trailblazer-like inside as well, with the ’70s telephone-styled, circular array of buttons on the center console giving it away. The MU-X features a 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, a 6-speaker touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, a roof-mounted 10-inch DVD monitor, climate control, split and folding second and third row seats, 12 cup holders, along with 19 cubby holes.
Power-train options for the MU-X include a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque, along with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine good for 177 PS and 380 Nm of torque. The Isuzu MU-X is expected to be priced between Rs 23-27 lakh with the 1.9-litre engine under its hood, while the bigger, more powerful 3.0-litre engine should retails for a shade over INR 30 lakh.