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Isuzu MU-X: Will it be updated to meet the stringent BS-VI norms?

In this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, the nation entered a lockdown state at a time that was crucial for manufacturers as a last resort for clearing the older BS-IV inventory.

So, manufacturers had to take certain steps to ensure that they would clear the stock as soon as the market opens, while also increasing the product warranties of the already sold products.

Isuzu, too, at the end of March this year, announced that it would be moving forward by announcing extended product warranties for older cars, of which the warranties were expected to dissolve in the near months.

Isuzu also announced that, given the current lockdown situation, it would be bringing its cleaner and greener BS-VI line-up to the showrooms in the second half of 2020.

So, as of now, there’s no Isuzu product on sale in the Indian market since the government has banned the sale of BS-IV approved vehicles in the country. However, after a small hiatus, Isuzu is all set to bring back all of its range with the same, yet BS-VI approved engines.

Talking about the Isuzu MU-X, it’s the company’s full-size SUV that stands in between a fiercely competitive segment, currently led by the likes of the Toyota Fortuner – which is all set to receive a facelift in the coming weeks – and the recently updated Ford Endeavour.

So, when it comes back to your nearest dealerships in the BS-VI guise, this is what the Isuzu MU-X will have on offer. Read on.

Specifications of Isuzu MU-X

The Isuzu MU-X has been around 2017, so it is still a fairly new model for the time being.

As far as its design language goes, the full-size SUV shares a lot of styling cues with the much affordable sibling, the D-Max V-Cross.

The front-end of both the siblings is identical, but it’s the side profile and rear section that makes a world of difference to the MU-X.

As far as its dimensions are concerned, the full-size SUV from Isuzu is 4,825mm in length, 1,860mm in width, and 1,840mm in height.

The standard 18-inch wheels are separated by a wheelbase of 2,845mm. Other than that, it has a rather nice fuel tank capacity of 65-liters and a kerb weight of 2,010kg.

On the powertrain front, the BS-IV version of the Isuzu MU-X came powered with just a single diesel engine, available in 4×2 and 4×4 configuration.

We expect Isuzu to carry over the same unit, but upgrade it to meet the stricter BS-VI emission standards.

The unit itself is a VGS Turbo Hi-Power 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine, which is capable of churning out 174bhp and 380Nm of torque. An automatic transmission, too, was standard across the range.

2. Mileage

Since the Isuzu MU-X was last available as a BS-IV approved vehicle, don’t expect it to deliver the same fuel efficiency numbers as it would with a BS-VI engine. For those who’d still like to know, the full-size SUV from Isuzuwas good for 13.8km/l.

Features of Isuzu MU-X

Being a full-size SUV, the Isuzu gets all the necessities you’d expect from a capable off-roader.

However, it does miss out on some new-age features, which you’d find in other SUVs from the same segment.

You do get cruise control, a powered driver’s seat, leather upholstery, keyless entry and go, a roof-mounted fold-down screen and a USB port in the console box.

Variants and Prices

As of mid-2020, the Isuzu MU-X is available in two variants, in the diesel-automatic configuration.

The prices start at Rs. 27.35 lakhs for the 4×2 variant going all the way up to Rs. 29.32 lakhs for the 4×4 variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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