2019 Isuzu MU-X Facelift will get a number of exterior updates to further enhance the boldness of the SUV; no mechanical changes expected
Isuzu introduced the MU-X SUV in India in May 2017 as a replacement to the under-achieved MU-7. It is the flagship product the Japanese automaker has in the domestic market and comes priced at Rs. 24.79 lakh for the 4×2 variant and Rs. 26.76 lakh for the 4×4 version (both prices, ex-showroom). The Tokyo-headquartered company is planning to launch a mid-life facelift of the MU-X with a number of cosmetic updates in India and first evidences of it have emerged.
We have received the first set of spy images of the upcoming MU-X exclusively, courtesy of our reader. The heavily camouflaged test mule hides the exterior changes but we have a good idea of what is underneath the disguised livery. Isuzu revealed a facelifted version of the MU-X for Southeast Asian markets more than a year ago and it’s a successor to the model currently found on Indian roads.
Isuzu has incorporated a slew of revised styling bits to keep the MU-X fresh against competitors like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, along with new features. The updated MU-X will feature a more muscular package due to the changes on the front fascia. As seen on the spy picture, it will come equipped with new projector headlamps and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights as well as LED light guides within reworked housing.
The revised front grille with prominent horizontal slats and wider air intake further emphasise the sportiness of the SUV. The bumpers up front and rear are new as well while the revised fog lamp housing has increased chrome content. Over to the sides, there is a set of larger 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels replacing the existing 17-inchers and ‘Isuzu’ projectors are likely located under the front door panels.
The rear section will also get its share of updates as the tail lamp cluster, despite retaining shape, adorns new graphics and LED guides within. The facelift was launched in China late last year but it boasted a brand new and more upmarket interior compared to the model sold in Thailand. We suspect Isuzu would stick by the limited interior changes as in the Thai-spec version.
The cabin gains refreshed elements including a new two-tone dashboard with faux wooden trim inserts, new soft-touch plastics, centre console featuring a large eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity options and updated upholstery. In India, the Isuzu MU-X is retailed with a single engine option as the 3.0-litre common rail direct injection intercooler unit produces 174 bhp at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm of peak torque from 1,800 rpm.
It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission transferring power to two- or four-wheel-drive system. Isuzu also sells the MU-X with 1.9-litre turbo diesel making 150 hp and 350 Nm in other markets but it won’t be offered unless the brand decides to expand the MU-X range and wants to include a manual transmission.
Other mechanicals will remain the same as independent double wishbone front suspension and penta-link rear setup with shock absorbers will be used. We can expect Isuzu to launch the MU-X facelift towards the end of this year during festive season as MY2019 version with minor price hike.
Pic Source : Shaik Owaisi