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 (Delhi) 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
comments powered by Disqus

notSet

We’ve exclusively driven the Jeep Compass in India, tell you what the all-new SsangYong Rexton is like, give our first impressions of the third-gen Maruti Dzire and have driven all of Lexus’ India cars. And there’s plenty more inside!
What's in this issue?

Trending Now
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire review, test drive

2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire review, test drive

1 day 8 hours ago
Bigger, lighter and better, the new Dzire compact sedan is more grown up...
2017 SsangYong G4 Rexton review, test drive

2017 SsangYong G4 Rexton review, test drive

4 days ago
The next-generation Rexton seems to have all that it takes to break into a...
2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet review, test drive

2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet review, test drive

May 19, 2017
You don’t always need perfect weather to enjoy a convertible, says...
2016 Hyundai Elantra petrol long term review, second report

2016 Hyundai Elantra petrol long term review, second report

May 15, 2017
It drives effortlessly and offers a real dash of luxury.
2017 Isuzu MU-X review, test drive

2017 Isuzu MU-X review, test drive

May 12, 2017
Could Isuzu finally have a credible rival to the Fortuner and Endeavour with...
Latest News
2017 F1 Connectivity Innovation contest kicks off
The first challenge, set by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, explores the...
32 minutes ago   1 picture
BMW 8-series concept revealed
Previewing the reborn 8-series coupe, the concept will heavily influence the...
51 minutes ago   3 pictures
Upcoming new bikes for 2017
Motorcycle enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in 2017. We take you...
2 hours ago   1 picture
New car launches around the corner
Here's a look at some of the new car launches and unveilings in the coming...
2 hours ago   1 picture
SWM Motorcycles likely in India soon
Motoroyale plans to introduce a new Italian manufacturer, SWM Motorcycles,...
3 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 214 | Autocar India: June 2017

We’ve exclusively driven the Jeep Compass in India, tell you what the all-new SsangYong Rexton is like, give our first impressions of the third-gen Maruti Dzire and have driven all of...
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
Which of these big SUV's would you buy?




or View results
Toyota Fortuner
  27%
 
Ford Endeavour
  51%
 
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
  7%
 
Isuzu MU-X
  15%
TOTAL VOTES: 1727

Vote now
View previous Polls »