The MU-X is the largest and most expensive model that Isuzu has in its India inventory. Based on the same underpinnings as the D-Max pickup truck, the MU-X is a 7-seater SUV that is now back in our market in its BS6 iteration. While Isuzu was to launch the updated BS6 versions of the MU-X and D-Max, the actual arrival was delayed due to the pandemic. Customers will get to choose between two variants of the 2021 MU-X – namely 4×2 and 4×4 – in one fully-loaded trim. Compared to its BS4 precursor, the new model is costlier by up to Rs 5.88 lakh, which is quite a downer. Prices of the 2021 Isuzu MU-X range between Rs 33.23 Lakh and Rs 35.19 Lakh (ex-showroom, India).
While the Japanese automaker has hiked the prices of the BS6 MU-X considerably, it hasn’t done anything to its design. Having said that, the MU-X’s large size and imposing front-end styling give it enough road presence. Speaking of which, the front fascia sports a tall grille with two thick chrome slats and large LED projector headlamps. The latter also gets LED DRLs that make the design seem at least a little modern.
Meanwhile, the two-tone front bumper not only looks muscular but also incorporates fog lamps. The MU-X features deep wheel arches with flared fenders, while the 18-inch alloy wheels look stylish enough. Finally, the rear gets a protruding roof spoiler, split tail lamps, and a back bumper that integrates the fog lamps and silver plastic trim.
The other stylized exterior bits on the 2021 Isuzu MU-X include the chrome door mirror housings, chrome door handles, and a thick chrome bar on the tailgate. Adding to these are the fixed side steps that are finished in aluminium and the two-tone roof rails. Meanwhile, the interior of the 2021 Isuzu MU-X is almost identical to that of the fully-loaded D-Max V-Cross. This is because the overall design and layout of the two models are similar, while many of the trim and switchgear are common too. Available only in one fully-kitted-out trim, the cabin of the new MU-X does host some soft-touch materials on the dashboard, doors, and steering wheel. Unfortunately, much of the materials in this cabin comprise cheap plastics that have no place in a vehicle this expensive.
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As far as features go, the 2021 Isuzu MU-X comes pretty well-loaded. The 7-seater SUV gets keyless entry & go, a 6-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, power-adjustable & foldable door mirrors, leatherette upholstery, cruise control, automatic climate control, an 8-speaker audio system, and a 7-inch touch-infotainment head unit. However, despite costing north of Rs 33 Lakh, the Isuzu MU-X’s infotainment system doesn’t get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, which is thoroughly disappointing. Thankfully, Isuzu hasn’t skipped on the essential safety features on the MU-X. It comes with disc brakes all-around, six airbags, ABS with EBD and EBA, electronic stability control, traction control, hill descent control, ISOFIX anchors, and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera.
Propulsion for the 2021 Isuzu MU-X comes from a 1.9-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel (shared with the D-Max). This four-banger develops 161hp and 360Nm of torque, and in the MU-X, comes only with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The MU-X features a ‘shift-on-the-fly’ four-wheel-drive system along with a terrain command system for maximum grip on low-traction surfaces. The 2021 Isuzu MU-X rivals the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, MG Gloster, and Mahindra Alturas G4.