|Isuzu to debut in India with D-MAX Pickup truck and Mu7 SUV|
Japanese utility vehicle manufacturer Isuzu is getting ready to make it debut into Indian automobile industry. The Japanese automobile player has been trading in India in collaboration with Ashok Leyland and Swaraj group. The company is now aiming to setup an production plant with an investment of INR 1,000 crore.
The manufacturing plant will be functioning from the end of 2014 and will have capacity to manufacture 100,000 to 120,000 units per year. The company is eying to launch passenger vehicles as well as commercial movers in Indian market.
General Motors has 49 percentage of stake in Isuzu and there was a collaboration between the two brands in making cars with common platforms and developing D-MAX turbo diesel engines.
Isuzu D-Max pickup truck :
The vehicle which is likely to enter India in the commercial vehicle segment is the Isuzu D-Max pick up truck which is based on the Chevrolet Colorado platform. The pickup truck has both single and double cab designs.
Two common rail turbo diesel engines are also available as options. One of it is the 3 liter engine which is the most powerful outputting 175 Bhp of power and 380 Nm of torque. The other is the 2.5 Liter engine which is available in two states of tune, 116 Bhp-280 Nm and 135 Bhp-320 Nm.
The powerful 3 liter in the Isuzu D-Max diesel engine list will be used for the SUVs and Pick Up trucks. Both the engines are available in five-speed manual as well as automatic transmission. Both the pickup truck and SUV from Isuzu is offered in 4x2 and 4x4 variants.
Isuzu MU7 SUV :
For the SUV segment, Isuzu might consider the SUV model of the D-Max pickup truck for India. The SUV is called the MU7, which is sold mainly in South East Asian markets. The engine specifications is the same as the top of the line 3 liter diesel engine which is used in the D-Max pickup truck.
The MU7 SUV can seat seven adults and has safety features like ABS, traction control, ESP and airbags. This SUV will lock horns with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Isuzu might also consider a mini pickup truck to compete with homegrown auto makers Tata's Ace and Mahindra's Maxximo.