Images and prices of the Isuzu MU-X (next gen MU-7) leaked

Posted on Oct 14 2013 - 5:44pm IST
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Isuzu Thailand is preparing to introduce the next generation Isuzu MU-7. Called as the Isuzu MU-X, this vehicle isn’t a product of Isuzu R&D.

Isuzu MU-X front three quarters

The MU-X is a badge engineered Chevrolet Trailblazer with a partitioned headlamp and grille assembly, a newly designed chrome-rich bumper and reskinned hood and fenders.

Chevrolet Trailblazer front three quarters

Front view of the Chevrolet Trailblazer added for reference.

If you scroll through the images, you may see the MU-X bearing a close resemblance to the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Let us tell you that the MU-X is a redesigned Chevrolet Trailblazer, nothing more and nothing less.

Isuzu MU-X side

Side profiles are identical if not for the curved stoplight on the MU-X.

Chevrolet Trailblazer side view

The Trailblazer was launched last year in Thailand. It is based on the Chevy Colorado pickup platform.

The body on frame SUV retains every mechanical aspect of the donor car. Isuzu have done a Nissan Terrano here, designing new wheels, bumpers, grille, fenders and lights. Isuzu and General Motors have shared a long history of rebadged vehicles. The Chevrolet Tavera is an Isuzu Panther, while the previous generation Colorado pickup shares its chassis with the D-Max.

Isuzu need a replacement for the MU-7 which is nearing the end of its lifecycle and to build an all-new vehicle would take all of Isuzu’s resources and money for the next four years. A simpler and more timely solution is to look for synergies with its long-standing partner and stake holder, GM.

Back to the MU-X, the vehicle can either be opted with a 2.5-liter diesel engine that produces 136 hp (4×2 variant) or a 3.0-liter diesel engine that produces 177 hp (4×4 variant).

Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu designers have made a new tailgate complete with a squarer registration plate enclosure and a new bumper.

Chevrolet Trailblazer rear three quarters

Rear of the Chevrolet Trailblazer included for reference.

The MU-X’s market launch is to be held in the coming weeks and some websites are showing Thai brochure scans that reveal the variant plan. Isuzu will launch the product in four variants and these are the unconfirmed prices.

  • Isuzu Mu X 2.5 CD AT – 1,014,000 Baht (19.81 lakh rupees)
  • Isuzu Mu X 2.5 DVD AT – 1,189,000 Baht (23.22 lakh rupees)
  • Isuzu Mu X 3.0 DVD Navi AT – 1,289,000 Baht (25.18 lakh rupees)
  • Isuzu Mu X 3.0 DVD Navi 4X4 AT – 1,389,000 Baht (27.13 lakh rupees)

All MU-X variants would be available with dual front, front-side and side curtain airbags, traction control with ESP, ABS and air conditioning. High-end variants would offer satellite navigation, foglamps and 17-inch wheels. The MU-X will launch in five colors.

[Images and details from Isuzu MU-X Club Thailand]

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  1. Heather April 27, 2014 at - Reply

    G’day Shrawan from Oz.

    MU-X have no roof rails yet – because of it’s (newness?) If it is indeed the same body of the trailblazer would the roof rails of the Trailblazer fit do you think or do they want us to think these are entirely different so will be at a premium cost.

    Thanks

    PS Female who knows nothing about vehicles only they usually have 4 wheels & steering wheel!!

    • Shrawan Raja April 27, 2014 at - Reply

      Dear Heather, I think its best that you speak to your dealer about this. I’m sure the same roof rails will fit the MU-X, but the dealer would have the exact pricing and warranty details.

  2. royvayalilmathai October 17, 2013 at - Reply

    hope they launch this in India with the Chevy version as well

  3. Deepak Chablani October 15, 2013 at - Reply

    Looks good overall, though there’s an overdose of chrome. Good post too Shrawan.

  4. joseph October 14, 2013 at - Reply

    Since they have some basic delaers already, can we expect this SUV model to come to India?

    JD

  5. sid October 14, 2013 at - Reply

    the dmax looks awesome in flesh and i wish this was launched in thailand when i was there.
    PS rear a la new SX4?

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