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

Isuzu MU-7 review, test drive

notSet

The Mercedes GLA-class, the Fiat Avventura and the Lamborghini Huracán – three exclusive India drives and so much more in our 15th anniversary issue: on stands now!
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

Skoda Yeti facelift review, test drive

Skoda Yeti facelift review, test drive

6 hours ago
Skoda’s urban SUV is back with a cleaner look and a bit more equipment.
Fiat Avventura review, test drive

Fiat Avventura review, test drive

2 days ago
A drive in Fiat's new crossover the Avventura proves that it is more than...
Mahindra e2o T2 review, test drive

Mahindra e2o T2 review, test drive

Aug 21, 2014
Power steering and greater driving range aim to make this new top-spec...
Hyundai Elite i20 review, test drive

Hyundai Elite i20 review, test drive

Aug 18, 2014
Hyundai's bigger, bolder i20 certainly looks the part. We're in Jodhpur to...
Renault Duster AWD review, test drive

Renault Duster AWD review, test drive

Aug 14, 2014
New Renault Duster AWD gets both mechanical and cosmetic updates. We put it...
Latest News
Maruti Ciaz details revealed
Maruti has taken the wraps of the all-new Ciaz sedan and mounted a fresh...
4 hours ago   1 picture
Maruti Ciaz vs rivals - Specification Comparison
Here's how the new Maruti Ciaz stacks up against the Honda City, the Hyundai...
8 hours ago   6 pictures
Saab's owner gets time to avoid bankruptcy
NEVS has been granted protection against bankruptcy; buys time to source...
8 hours ago   
Skoda Yeti facelift India details revealed
Skoda Yeti facelift gets cosmetic changes, equipment and feature additions;...
10 hours ago   1 picture
Hyundai Elite i20 gets over 12,000 bookings
Bookings for the Hyundai Elite i20 opened on August 1; it was launched on...
12 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 181 | September 2014

The Mercedes GLA-class, the Fiat Avventura and the Lamborghini Huracán – three exclusive India drives and so much more in our 15th anniversary issue: on stands now!
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
Would you buy Honda's MPV, the Mobilio, instead of a family sedan?



or View results
Yes
  36%
 
No
  52%
 
Maybe
  12%
TOTAL VOTES: 1848

Vote now
View previous Polls »