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Isuzu MU-7 review, test drive

The MU-7 is Isuzu’s first product under its own badge. Will this massive SUV make a name for the latest entrant to the Indian market?

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Japanese manufacturer Isuzu, present in India in the commercial space, has introduced its first product for the passenger car market with the MU-7. This new SUV, with its 3.0-litre engine, 210mm ground clearance and almost five-metre length, is gargantuan. It will compete in the crowded segment against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, SsangYong Rexton and the Ford Endeavour.  

Based on Isuzu’s internationally popular D-Max pickup, the MU-7 is assembled here from completely knocked-down (CKD) kits at Hindustan Motors’ plant in Chennai, with plans to shift production to Isuzu’s upcoming Rs 1500-crore plant in Andhra Pradesh.

Unfortunately, the company has only two dealerships for now – one in Hyderabad and another in Coimbatore – which limits its customer reach.

We got behind the wheel of this Rs 24.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Hyderabad) 4x2, manual-transmission variant of the MU-7 to find out if the chaps at Toyota, Ford and SsangYong have anything to worry about.

 

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Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price Rs 24.16 lakh (pre-budget, ex-showroom, Hyderabad)

Engine

Fuel Diesel
Installation Front, longitudinal, rear-wheel drive
Type 4-cyl, in-line, 2999cc common-rail turbo diesel
Power 161bhp at 3600rpm
Torque 36.7kgm at 1800-2800rpm

Transmission

Type rear-wheel-drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual

Dimensions

Length 4955mm
Width 1800mm
Height 1805mm
Wheel base 3050mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 1900kg
Wheels 16-inch alloy
Tyres 245/70R16

Suspension

Front Independent, double wishbone, torsion bar
Rear Non-independent, leaf springs

Brakes

Front Ventilated discs
Rear Drums

Performance

0-20 1.27
0-40 2.97
0-60 5.14
0-80 8.04
0-100 11.72

Acceleration in gear

20-80kph in 3rd gear 8.58sec
40-100kph in 4th gear 13.27sec

Economy

Tank size 76 litres

Isuzu MU-7 review, test drive

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