Isuzu to launch a better looking and fuel efficient MU-7 in 2015

Posted on Dec 3 2012 - 11:19am by Kaustubh Shinde
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The Isuzu MU-7 SUV that has been testing on the streets of Pune over the last few months and it has our complete attention. We are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Isuzu brand in India and the debut of the MU-7 next year.

Isuzu MU-7 SUV

However, TheMotorReport states that the current generation MU-7 is pretty outdated and Isuzu is working on an all-new MU-7 for 2015. The new MU-7 will be built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Trailblazer (yet another SUV expected to arrive on Indian shores in the coming years) but will be extra rugged than its Chevy cousin.

Isuzu plan to make the MU-7 a whole lot different than the Trailblazer. The MU-7 will get an identity of a luxury SUV with strong off roading prowess. In fact, Isuzu wants to ditch the traditional leaf-spring rear suspension of the MU-7 in favor of coil springs for a more sedan like handling characteristics.

Isuzu will also phase out the current 3.0 litre turbodiesel in favor of a Euro V compliant twin-turbocharged 2.5 litre turbodiesel.

The exact debut time frame of the all new MU-7 is undecided but Isuzu may show us a concept avatar or a near production model in 2013. As usual, it will be launched first in Thailand where it is very popular and needs very little effort to sell.

We are guessing that by that time Isuzu’s proposed greenfield facility in India should be operational. Can we expect the next generation model to be produced in India and priced at a marginal premium over the old shape MU-7?

[Source: TheMotorReport.com.au]

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  1. Shah January 28, 2013 at - Reply

    The new MU7 will have to better the agricultural feel of the old model with luxury interiiors and gizmos to face its many competitors in India
    Also the new 2.5 DOHC engine will need VGT to ramp up power and with modern transmissions and suspensions. They will have to redisign the exterior to avoid the tag of the poor mans Caddy Escalade.

    Isuzu could also launch the older model this year at a lower price to test the market and give the likes of XUV and Force1 a run for their money…

  2. Prashanth December 5, 2012 at - Reply

    why is it that i find a lot of structural similarity between the MU-7 and the Force One….or is it just my mind playing games???

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