Isuzu Motors is one of the many new entrants who will be showcasing their products at the Auto Expo 2014. The biennial motor show is one of the biggest in the subcontinent and any auto motor company worth its salt chooses to be seen here. This Japanese SUV maker has recently been in the news for the efforts is making to a gain a proper foothold in the country.
At the twelfth edition of the Auto Show Isuzu will definitely be displaying an extended version of the D-Max pick-up and even the MU-7, its offering in the SUV segment. The D-Max extended cab variant will be based on the single-cab version, though this is not to be confused with the double-cab variant: unlike the double-cab, the extended cab will not get an additional set of doors. The extended-cab D-Max will be run by the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine which produces 134.4bhp of power at 3,600rpm and 294Nm of torque from 1,800-3,200rpm in the D-Max single cab. The gearbox, like the single-cab D-Max, will be the same 5-speed manual unit.
According to Takashi Kikuchi, president and managing director, Isuzu Motors India, MU-7 model is the longest in its class offering ample space and comfort for driving. The SUV is powered by four cylinder 2,999cc intercooled VG Turbo Diesel engine producing power of 160.7bhp at 3,600rpm and torque of 360Nm at 1,800-2,800rpm. It is priced at Rs 23. 75 lakh (ex-showroom Hyderabad)
The company, at present, has in its Indian line-up, the D-Max pick-up and the MU-7 SUV. Isuzu has recently commenced local production of its models in India. The Indian manufacturer Hindustan Motors will assemble Isuzu MU-7 SUV and the Isuzu D-Max pick-up at its Thiruvallur plant in Chennai from CKD kits which will be sourced from Thailand. However, the Tokyo-based company had acquired 107 acres of land in 2013 after signing an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh state government, with the aim of setting up a manufacturing facility. Operations at the new facility are likely to begin from early 2016.