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Isuzu imports a prototype of the MU-X to India for testing

Isuzu imports a prototype of the MU-X to India for testing
Ninad Ambre Ninad Ambre Tuesday 13 September 2016, 16:48 PM

Isuzu has imported a single unit of the MU-X’s prototype in India. This vehicle might be used by the carmaker for testing and homologation processes before its official launch in our country.

The MU-X is an upmarket product packed with a whole load of features. These include projector headlamps, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, cruise control and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system etc. This MU-X seven-seater SUV came as a replacement to the Alterra, which is basically the MU-7 sold in the Indian market. So we can expect this SUV to replace the ageing MU-7 model presently on sale in our country.

In the international market, the Isuzu MU-X comes powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine producing 174bhp of power and 380Nm of torque. The SUV is available in either a four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive variant. Both these versions come paired to a five-speed automatic transmission.

There is no official word from Isuzu about its launch yet, but once launched, the MU-X will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour in the Indian market.

Isuzu has its local manufacturing facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, where it currently produces their latest model - the D-Max V-Cross. We can expect the MU-X to be assembled at this plant. For now, this prototype could be used for testing in the Indian environment. The carmaker might also use this vehicle for getting homologation certification from India’s chief regulatory agency, ARAI.

 

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