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Old 21st July 2015, 15:57   #1
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Default Isuzu launches MU-7 with automatic gearbox (2.5 lakh rupee premium)

Isuzu has released a teaser of a new variant of its MU-7 SUV. The teaser suggests that the new variant will have an automatic gearbox.

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In India, the MU-7 is available with a 2,999 cc, 4-cylinder diesel engine that develops 161 PS and 360 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. In other markets, the SUV comes with an automatic transmission.

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The MU-7's rivals in India, including the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Ford Endeavour, are offered with automatic transmissions. The addition of an automatic gearbox will help the MU-7's cause. The company could also think of introducing a four-wheel drive version to broaden the SUV's appeal.

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The MU-7 is assembled from CKD kits imported from Thailand at the Hindustan Motors plant in Thiruvallur, near Chennai. Isuzu will begin manufacturing the SUV at a new plant at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, by 2016.
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It's an 11 year old SUV whose successor - the MU-X - is already out internationally. At 30 lakh rupees on the road Mumbai, you got to be kidding. Lets not forget that its pickup sibling was launched at 6 lakhs.

Leave aside an automatic gearbox, even if they give a chauffeur-service free with the MU-7, it's not going anywhere. Selling such outdated, overpriced cars only kills the brand.

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Selling such outdated, overpriced cars only kills the brand.
I think one only kills those who are alive. Can someone kill something that is already dead.
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Nobody paid attention to this car, nobody will. No doubt Isuzu is trying to woo customers with an AT, but no way it's getting any sales boost.

With no dealers, no marketing and an old product, it's just a flop from Isuzu. Let them do what they are good at-just sell engines to buses/trucks.
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Darn it! They have such big hopes! kudos to them!
I am just wondering, what if they launch D-max dual cab with AT?
At a tempting price?
Like under 10 lacs!
How tempting would be that?
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I think GTO just banged the nail right on the head. I am wondering why they even bother to sell the MU7 that too only in 2WD guise priced higher than the Fortuner or the Pajero sport.

I wish them luck anyway..
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Outdated product, zero brand value, high pricing, ladder frame chassis truck with no 4x4 option... Isuzu please don't bother with MU-7, the competition anyways is getting tough soon with new Fortuner and Endeavour. Even Mahindra could not sell the lacklustre Rexton, despite sensible pricing and large dealer network.

Instead give us the no nonsense D-Max 4x4, the niche segment will find many takers.
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I suspect Isuzu is getting some financial support from Toyota for these kind of help offered. Do these morons really understand what they are up to? With the imminent arrival of Fortuner and Endeavour, Isuzu can shorten the MU-7's agony. Sometimes I feel jealous that people with weird ideas get fat pay checks for doing stupid things.
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Segment leader - The Toyota Fortuner - charges a 1 lakh premium for the Automatic (over the manual).

The dimwits at Isuzu? A whopping 2.5 lakhs . Skoda gives you the DSG for a smaller premium than that (in the Octavia & Superb). Is the MU-7's Automatic Gearbox made of gold?

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It's an 11 year old SUV whose successor - the MU-X - is already out internationally. At 30 lakh rupees on the road Mumbai, you got to be kidding. Lets not forget that its pickup sibling was launched at 6 lakhs.

Leave aside an automatic gearbox, even if they give a chauffeur-service free with the MU-7, it's not going anywhere. Selling such outdated, overpriced cars only kills the brand.
So true! I guess that is the reason for the poor sales, I haven't spotted any of these in MP, in Pune also I noticed only one MU-7. I am sure with the images of next gen Fortuner and Endeavour already circulating, unless Isuzu does something drastic, their future in India looks bleak!
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Isuzu has launched the MU-7 is its automatic avatar at a price of Rs. 23.90 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. This puts the automatic at a price premium of Rs. 2.5 lakh over the 5-speed manual variant of the MU-7.

On the inside, the vehicle offers features like a beige / black dual-tone dashboard, a new 3-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, a Kenwood 6015 BT infotainment system with satellite navigation, rear parking sensors and a rear view camera which is synchronized with the touch screen display.

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Why do they even bother offering this here.

Get me the twin cab Dmax truck and I am a buyer.

Even the sales guy at ludhiana knew that new model Mu-X is available abroad. But he also conceded that they would sell whatever is being given by Isuzu.

However. I have driven the DMax truck about 3-4 times now. The way that truck accelerates (with wider tires) is unbelievable.
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Segment leader - The Toyota Fortuner - charges a 1 lakh premium for the Automatic (over the manual).
The dimwits at Isuzu? A whopping 2.5 lakhs .
Fortuner gives you a 5 Speed automatic for 1 Lakh more and with Isuzu you get a 4 Speed Antic unit for 2.5 Lakhs more.

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It's an 11 year old SUV whose successor - the MU-X - is already out internationally.
MU-X is much smaller than this. It is a segment below, at the very least - features a smaller engine too.

Drove one here - Isuzu is so stupid that it only sells the diesel engined version in a market where diesel price is almost 5x the petrol price.

That said, its a really nice vehicle. I've become a fan of Isuzu lately - my 15 year old truck drives rattle-free and feels more solid & better put together than many of the 'new' SUVs in the market today. Besides going everywhere the newer and allegedly more powerful vehicles go, too.

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Default Re: Isuzu launches MU-7 with automatic gearbox (2.5 lakh rupee premium)

The MUX is basically a little re-engineered Chevrolet Trailblazer. Or the trailblazer is a slightly re-engineered MUX. These cars share the same platform
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