February 5, 2014: Isuzu Motors has unveiled MU7 SUV at the Indian Auto Expo 2014 help at Delhi. Its in-line four cylinder 2,999cc intercooled variable geometry turbocharged diesel engine renders 160.7bhp at 3,600rpm and peak torque of 360Nm between 1,800 to 2,800rpm. Priced at Rs 23.75 lakhs (ex-showroom Hyderabad) this seven-seater will lock horns with the likes of Toyota Fortuner. It will be manufactured locally, as reported. A D-Max model has also been introduced along with it, which has the same design but comes at a comparatively lower price.
The Japanese automotive manufacturer, Isuzu Motors Limited is prevalent in the Indian car market since many years. But this company was more into manufacturing diesel engines along with transmission parts for some of the cars. This company is majorly into making passenger cars, SUV's (sports utility vehicles), commercial vehicles along with heavy trucks as well. Isuzu Motors Limited is said to be one of the biggest companies in Japan and it has its headquarters in the capital of Tokyo. Whereas, this company has massive and colossal manufacturing units and production facilities in other places like Fujisawa and assembling units also in Tochigi and Hokkaido, which are major cities in the country of Japan. This company was founded and established way back in the early 1916 and this company rolled out their first passenger car in year 1922. This company has now entered the Indian car market and have launched a formidable and masculine SUV, Isuzu MU-7 for the Indian customers. Isuzu Motors Limited already have a highly acclaimed reputation of making performance packed diesel engines for General Motor Corporation and also for the Renault – Nissan Alliance. All the vehicles that are equipped with these power packed Isuzu engines have been performing quite well in the Indian car market and are good with mileage and fuel efficiency as well. With their own production of this Isuzu MU-7 SUV, the company is trying to make a strong foot hold in the coutnry's lucrative car bazaar. Isuzu Motors Limited have have left no stone unturned in making this Isuzu MU-7 SUV, a rugged and charismatic vehicle. The exteriors are urbane and are styled with a lot grace, but at the same time look fearsome and formidable. The insides are lavish with plush seats and can easily accommodate seven passengers with ease. The seating arrangement is comfortable and provide the passengers with ample leg room along with apt shoulder and head space.
The company also have had its share of misfortunes as well, when for the very first time in the year 2006 it signed a technical agreement with Swaraj Mazda. Later, when the Mazda and Swaraj fell apart and Mahindra and Mahindra brought the Swaraj. Isuzu with Japanese Sunitomo Corporation established a collaboration called as SML Isuzu Limited in year, 2011 for carrying on with their commercial vehicle operations in the country. Riding on the success of these vehicles, the company has now finally introduced two new vehicles in India, one of which is the Isuzu MU-7 SUV and the other one is a Isuzu D-Max pickup truck, which is being offered in both a single as well as a double cabin variants for the customers to choose from. The company has fitted this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with a power packed 3.0-litre diesel engine, which has four cylinders and also has an intercooled VGS turbo charger. This commanding engine has been equipped with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system and is skilfully mated with a 6-speed manual transmission gear box for smoother and proficient gear shifts. The company has loaded this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with a lot of convenient features such as a powerful manual air conditioning unit (without climate control) along with rear AC vents for added comfort to the rear seat passengers, all power windows with driver side window getting a one touch winding and anti pinch function, a highly advanced remote central locking system, a remotely operated tail gate along with a remote fuel filler lid, rear wiper with a washing function and the rear windscreen also gets a defogger, a rear seat armrest for added comfort of the passengers, a power steering that can be adjusted according to the requirement of the driver, driver's seat can also be electronically adapted as required by the driver, a sophisticated music system with speakers and other input options such as a USB port and an auxilliary input, seats covered in premium leather upholsters, manually adjustable external rear view mirrors for both the sides, tinted glass for lesser heat generation inside, folding rear seats to bring in more luggage whenever required and many more such aspects, which will certainly entice the customers. Apart from these comfort functions, the company has also equipped this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with quite a number of safety and protective features as well, which will ensure maximum security for the passengers as well as this massive vehicle.
The Isuzu MU-7 has a 3.0-litre diesel engine with 4 valves per cylinder, powered with an amazing 2999 cc displacement. The vehicle delivers a decent 9.8 kmpl to 10.3 kmpl mileage. It produces 160.8bhp output at 3600 rpm and a maximum torque output of 360Nm between 1800 rpm to 2800 rpm. The SUV has a calculated 11 second time to cross the 100 kmph speed. The exteriors are rugged and the vehicle has a gross weight of 2515 kgs. The fuel tank capacity is 76 litres....
Ed's take: The mileage of the Isuzu MU7 is decent for its engine size. It comes with a 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.
The company has equipped this impressive and hefty Isuzu MU-7 SUV with an influential dual overhead cam shaft based 3.0-liter diesel engine, which also has 16 valves in it. This engine is compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage – III and it delivers an excellent performance along with reasonably good fuel economy. To make the most of the mileage aspect, the company has also equipped this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with a CRDi (common rail direct injection) fuel supply system, which is known to extract a healthy mileage from the engine. The company claims that this SUV can deliver a moderate mileage in the range of 9.8 kmpl to 10.3 kmpl , when driven under standard conditions, which is rather pertinent looking at the size of this massive SUV.
Ed's take: The power produced by the Isuzu MU7 is 160bhp, which isn’t sufficient on paper at least when you consider the size of the engine is 3.0-litre.
The latest entrant in the SUV segment, Isuzu MU-7 has been housed with a 2999cc power packed diesel engine, which has four cylinders. Apart from this, the company has also equipped this commanding engine with a intercooled VGS (variable geometry system) turbocharger. All these put together aids in deriving its incredible power and torque yield. The engine is perfectly tuned for churning out an influential output of 160.8bhp at 3600 rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 360Nm between 1800 – 2800 rpm . This awe inspiring SUV is certainly going to give sleepless nights to all its competitors such as Toyota Fortuner, Honda CRV, Mitsubishi Pajero, Ford Endeavour and other such contenders in its own segment.
Ed's take: The acceleration of the MU7 is decent and you forget that the engine only produces 160bhp, when you get behind the wheel.
This DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) and VGS (variable geometry system) based, turbocharged, 3.0-litre CRDi diesel mill generates an incredible performance for this Isuzu MU-7 SUV. With the help of four cylinders and sixteen valves along with a manual MUX5S, six speed gear box transmission, this 4JJ1 engine model has the ability to attain a top speed of close to 175 kmph, which is quite thrilling for all the occupants. The company claims that this commanding and power packed diesel engine has the ability to propel this Isuzu MU-7 SUV from 0-60 kmph in just about 4.3 seconds , while it further gets better as this SUV is apparently said to cross the 100 kmph barrier in slightly lesser than 11 seconds .
The company has done a lot of hard work on the exteriors of this Isuzu MU-7 SUV. The overall structure is rugged and masculine along with the overall structure being aerodynamic as well. The front fascia has a wide windshield equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers. The bonnet lid is smooth and has an air dam on it. The radiator grille is quite large and has a lot of chrome treatment on it with vertical slats and the prominent emblem of the company embossed on it. This grille is surrounded by a big headlamp cluster, which is equipped with hight intensity halogen lights and side turn indicators as well. Below this is the body colored bumper that has a wide air dam in the center and is flanked with a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps as well. The side profile has the standard body colored door handles, while the external rear view mirrors have been dipped in chrome. The wheel arches are pronounced and have been fitted with a modish set of sturdy alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres. The this SUV also has side skirts that are fitted on both the sides, which run below the doors for simpler entry and exit into this vehicle. The rear end gets a set of bright tail lamps along with reflectors and a chrome plated exhaust pipe and a high mounted stop lamp as well. The rear windscreen has been equipped with a wiper and a defogger, then there is the regular badging embedded, license plate holder and a tail gate handle as well.
This all new Isuzu MU-7 SUV is very spacious and can take in seven occupants along with some luggage as well in it without any difficulty. The overall dimensions of this SUV are quite roomy with a total length 4955mm along with an overall width of 1800mm, which is quite good. Then this SUV has a total height of 1805mm and it also has a luxurious wheelbase of 3050mm, which offers plush leg room along with head and shoulder space. This Isuzu MU-7 SUV has an impressive ground clearance of 210mm and it also has a minimum turning radius of 12.20 meters. This Isuzu MU-7 SUV has a approximate gross weight of 2515 kgs. This Isuzu MU-7 SUV also has a centrally mounted fuel tank, which can approximately store close to 76 litres of diesel in it, which is very comfortable even for longer drives as well.
Ed's take: The interiors of the MU7 are spacious, and simple in styling. It isn’t very trendy, but it does fulfil the needs of those who need spacious interiors.
The insides of this Isuzu MU-7 SUV have been done up with flamboyance and has some impressive aspects in it. The seats are very comfortable and have been covered with premium leather upholstery, which are designed for giving a luxuriant driving experience to the passengers. The front cabin has got a dual tone dashboard, which houses perfectly positioned air conditioning unit with heater. Then there are quite a few storage spaces as well such as a large glove box that can hold a lot of things, storage spaces in the doors, bottle and cup holders, front seat back pockets , storage in the central console, rear arm rest with cup holder and other such spaces to store quite a few things. Then there are sun visors for the for the front passengers, while the front co-passenger also gets a vanity mirror as well. Then there is a bright instrument cluster as well in this Isuzu MU-7 SUV, which has meter dials and other information as well. This instrument cluster also has other notification and warning lamps along with an electronic multi trip meter, a tachometer, a digital clock and many other things.
The seating arrangement of this Isuzu MU-7 SUV is very comfortable with adjustable front seats and folding rear seats to accommodate a lot of luggage and other things. This seven seater ensures a spacious leg room along with good shoulder and head space, which makes the drive very comfortable for all the passengers. The air conditioning system is very proficient and this SUV also has rear AC vents, which adds to the comfort of the rear passengers. The front and the middle row seats have individual arm rests, which adds to the overall comfort. The leather wrapped power steering wheel can be adjusted in accordance with the driver, while this steering wheel is chunky and very responsive, which makes it easier for the driver to maneuver this SUV in peak traffic as well. The power window switches are neatly placed on all the doors and makes it easier for each passenger. Then there is also a music system with speaker and remote control, which can play Radio FM along and is also integrated with an MP3/CD player as well . This music system has a remote and also has other input options such as a USB port and an auxilliary input as well.
The company designers have been very lenient in making this SUV with a lot of space inside. This Isuzu MU-7 SUV can take in seven passengers and at the same time can house a lot of luggage as well. The legroom provided is phenomenal with a large wheelbase, while the head room is quite substantial for taller passengers as well. The shoulder space is also quite moderate and gives enough moving space to each passengers. The boot space is quite large and take in a lot of luggage and material inside it. This luggage compartment can be further increased by folding the rear seat, which is an added advantage for the owner. All these put together ensures that all the occupants including the driver are not tired and get a memorable driving experience.
Ed's take: The engine performance of this MU7 is good and even the torquey nature of this engine is good. It is a long-stroke engine with good torque.
The company has fitted this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with a power packed 3.0-litre diesel engine , which has four cylinders and also has an intercooled VGS (variable geometry system) turbocharger. This commanding engine has been equipped with a CRDi (common rail direct injection) fuel supply system . The company has also housed this impressive and fearsome Isuzu MU-7 SUV with an influential DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) along with four cylinders and sixteen valves and is skilfully mated with a MUX5S, six speed manual transmission gear box for smoother and proficient gear shifts. This engine has the ability to displace 2999c c and also has the capacity of churning out an influential output of 160.8bhp at 3600 rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 360Nm between 1800 – 2800 rpm, which is quite incredible. This engine is compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage – III and it delivers an excellent performance along with a reasonably good fuel economy. The company claims that this SUV can deliver a moderate mileage in the range of 9.8 kmpl to 10.3 kmp l, when driven under standard conditions, which is rather pertinent looking at the size of this massive SUV. This impressive 4JJ1 engine model has the ability to attain a top speed of close to 175 kmph, which is quite thrilling for all the occupants. The company also claims that this commanding and power packed diesel engine has the ability to propel this Isuzu MU-7 SUV from 0-60 kmph in just about 4.3 seconds , while it further gets better as this SUV is apparently said to cross the 100 kmph barrier in slightly lesser than 11 seconds.
Ed's take: The MU7 gets keyless entry, 2-DIN music system with touch-screen, Bluetooth, rear-view camera, rooftop display unit and leather interiors including steering wheel and gearknob.
The Isuzu MU-7 SUV is one of the premium vehicle in its segment and the company has blessed it with a advanced and sophisticated music system, which enhances the in-cabin ambiance and makes the drive more comfortable and relaxing. The Isuzu MU-7 SUV has been fitted with an audio system, which has been integrated with Radio FM along with MP3/CD player and other input options such as an Aux-In port and a USB interface along with six speakers and a remote control .You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The flared up and neatly carved out wheel arches of this stylish Isuzu MU-7 SUV had to be equipped with a set of classy alloy rims. The company has kept up with the flamboyance of this latest SUV and have bestowed it with a set of sturdy yet modish, six twin spoke styled, 16 inch light alloy wheels of size 16 x 7 JJ , which are making the side profile look chic. These graceful looking alloy rims have been covered with robust tubeless radial tyres of size 245/70 R16 , which have a superior road grip on any terrain.
Ed's take: eThe handling and even braking of the Isuzu is much better than most of the competition. It does a good job despite its size and weight.
This is one of the most important and vital area for any SUV and the company has given it the best as well. This all new Isuzu MU-7 SUV gets a proficient braking system with a hydraulic and vacuum assisted braking circuit , which is highly acclaimed. The front wheels of this SUV have been equipped with powerful disc brakes, while on the other hand , the rear wheels have been fitted with solid drum brakes, which further augment the braking capability of this all new Isuzu MU-7 SUV. Apart from all these, the company has also equipped this latest entrant with a highly developed three channel and four sensors equipped ABS (anti lock braking system) along with a superior EBD (electronic brake force distribution) that also has a control logic. All these aspects put together makes this Isuzu MU-7 SUV, one of the most secure and safe vehicle in its own segment. Meanwhile, the other crucial aspect of this SUV is its suspension system, which makes sure that all the occupants get a trouble free driving experience. The company has equipped the front axle of this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with an independent, double wish bone type of a suspension mechanism along with torsion bar springs. On the other hand, the rear axle of this brand new SUV has been housed with a rigid, leaf spring type of a suspension mechanism that has a taper leaf (five leaves in total) for proper balance and steadiness on any landscape. Apart from these heavy duty suspension mechanism, the company has also equipped this Isuzu MU-7 SUV with front and rear shock absorbers, which further enhances the suspension system of this vehicle.
Ed's take: The safety features on the air-bags and ABS. Standard what the competition is also offering.
The handling of this massive Isuzu MU-7 SUV is very important and the company has equipped this vehicle with a very responsive power steering wheel. This steering wheel can be adjusted according to the requirement and comfort of the driver. This steering is a rack and pinion type of a wheel with hydraulic power assist, which makes it easier for the driver to manage this Isuzu MU-7 SUV in peak traffic conditions as well . Apart from this there are quite a few other features as well, which aid in the safety of this SUV. The list of these protective aspects includes an advanced ABS with EBD that also has a 3 channel and 4 sensor based control logic, which bolster the braking system of this SUV. Then there are dual front air bags for the driver and the front co-passsenger for added protection in case of a head on collision. The headlight cluster has been equipped with high intensity halogen lamps, which gives crystal clear visibility to the driver. In addition to these powerful lamps , there are also a pair of radiant fog lamps as well, which further helps the driver in adverse conditions. This Isuzu MU-7 SUV also has remote central locking, parking sensors for making the parking of this vehicle simpler, a rear wash and wipe function along with a defogger to the rear windscreen.
Isuzu MU 7 Pros :
A commanding turbocharged diesel engine, lavish interiors and good features, rugged yet masculine exteriors.
Isuzu MU 7 Cons :
Steering mounted controls can be added, high cost of ownership and mileage has to be improved.
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