First Drive

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?

DETAILS
18
photos

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.

 

Fact File

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

notSet

Chevrolet is bringing its massive Trailblazer SUV to India and we’ve driven it this month. We’ve also got detailed previews of the new Innova and Fortuner and Tata’s new Hexa concept, and that’s only the start. Read on!
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

New Audi Q7 review, test drive

New Audi Q7 review, test drive

6 days ago
Sleeker, lighter and a better performer, Audi’s new capable Q7 seems a...
Tata Zest long term review first report

Tata Zest long term review first report

6 days ago
Tata’s new sedan finds a spot in our fleet. And it’s off to a...
Volvo XC60, S60 Drive-E review, test drive

Volvo XC60, S60 Drive-E review, test drive

Apr 4, 2015
The XC60 and S60 now come with Volvo’s latest-gen diesel engine and...
2014 Audi R8 V10 plus review, test drive

2014 Audi R8 V10 plus review, test drive

Apr 4, 2015
The range-topper of the current Audi R8 models delivers huge performance,...
Mercedes-Benz E 400 Cabriolet review, test drive

Mercedes-Benz E 400 Cabriolet review, test drive

Apr 2, 2015
There's a lot more to the Mercedes E 400 Cabriolet than just its folding roof.
Latest News
Mercedes-Benz SLC to make its debut
The SLC could include a 328bhp 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, and...
2 hours ago   1 picture
Fiat 500 '1957 Edition' gets a soft top
This is the soft top version of the Fiat 500 1957 Edition coupe that was...
9 hours ago   2 pictures
F1: Hamilton denies Vettel in Bahrain qualifying
Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance of Formula 1 qualifying in 2015 by...
12 hours ago   1 picture
Lamborghini relaunches restoration centre
‘Lamborghini Polo Storico’ will provide authentic spare parts...
12 hours ago   1 picture
Volkswagen Scirocco GTS revealed
The Scirocco GTS gets visual upgrades inside and out; engine same as...
1 day 1 hour ago   5 pictures

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 188 | Autocar India – April 2015

Chevrolet is bringing its massive Trailblazer SUV to India and we’ve driven it this month. We’ve also got detailed previews of the new Innova and Fortuner and Tata’s new Hexa...
Autocar Magazine