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15 March 2013

Isuzu reveals India plans

Starts with the MU-7 SUV and D-Max pick-up imports

Girish Karkera
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Japanese commercial vehicle major Isuzu Motors has announced that it will begin assembly of its MU-7 SUV and D-Max pick-up in India. The company has formally signed an MOU with the Andhra Pradesh government to build a 100,000-unit capacity plant at Sri City, an SEZ close to the AP-TN border. The plant is expected to be operational by 2015 which is when it will start local assembly of the MU-7 and D-Max.

The MU-7 is a Fortuner-sized SUV with three-row seating. The vehicle is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. It's size imparts it good street presence, although not in the same way as the Toyota Fortuner does.

Currently, the company is going to sell the vehicles as CBUs. The interiors are typically all-black with leather interiors. Nothing fancy inside except a touchscreen in-dash multimedia unit. The display car had manual aircon controls. Build quality however could be better for a car that is currently retailing almost Rs 25 lakh ex-showroom. The third row seats are best for children. However, boot space is pretty good considering there are three row of seats. Also, the good bit is that prices will come down once local assembly starts.

Tags: mu 7, d max, isuzu



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