Isuzu MU 7

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No, it’s not one of these weird Chinese SUVs.
It is one of the weird Isuzu SUV’s.

It is based on the Isuzu version of the pick up truck sold here as the Chevy Colorado.
So it should be one trucky SUV.
For manly men…

I am not sure if it is supposed to replace the Axxiom in the line up. But one thing is for sure, this isn’t for us.
Some Asian countries, Australia and maybe others.

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  1. it looks fine to me from what i read about it this based on the same platform as the colorado, which was based on an isuzu truck. not bad looking (not pretty at all but compared to whats out there…) seems original compared to that awful gm rebadge, and decent interior

  2. Now that all the losers want crossovers, there is a need for a cheap truck based SUVs. This could sell here, as long as they change the front. The Escalade lights are fine, but that grille is worse than the Navigator. And thats quite an insult.

  3. There has been talk that with the near demise of the Trailblazer, etc., that Isuzu dealers in the USA would not have much to sell. This might come here, even though we don’t need it.

  4. AFAIK, it is not on a Colorado platform, if it is to be sold in Asia and Australia. If you go to the web site, you will see the (compact) truck that is sold in all countries outside North America. The (mid-size) Isuzu you have there in North America is unique to you, and about the only thing in them of Isuzu design, to my knowledge, is the engine.

  5. From the public relations department at Isuzu Motors America, here’s some information about the MU-7 that will clear up some misconceptions:

    > “MU” stands for “Mysterious Utility.” Isuzu has used the MU name for years on SUVs sold in Japan and elsewhere. The first application was on the vehicle sold here as the Amigo. The Isuzu Rodeo was marketed as the MU Wizard in Japan.
    > Isuzu and GM shared development of the platform on which the MU-7, the Isuzu D-Max pickup, the Hummer H3 and the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon/Isuzu i-Series pickups are built. Isuzu was the lead engineering partner, but Isuzu and GM developed different powertrains for different markets. GM developed the North American powertrain, and the Isuzu Pickups sold in the United States, as a result, have GM engines and transmissions. The Isuzu D-Max and its SUV derivative, the MU-7, have Isuzu-built powertrains in export markets.
    > The four-wheel-drive versions of the Colorado, Canyon and Isuzu i-Series pickups all employ the Isuzu-designed, Isuzu-built T-150 transfer case.
    > There are no plans to re-design the MU-7 to meet U.S. safety and emissions regulations for sale here.
    > Whether one finds it aesthetically pleasing or not, the MU-7 has a variation of the Isuzu “six continents” grille, with crossbars creating six sections representing the six continents on which Isuzus are sold around the world. Virtually all Isuzu vehicles, including medium-duty trucks, now wear a variant of this grille.

  6. Jack had it backwards – the Colorado is an Isuzu design, except for the motor, which is GM. That, and GM modified the styling a little. Still, it is the closest thing to a true Isuzu that you can buy new here. Hopefully that will change soon…

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