Isuzu work­ing on an­other SUV

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING -

With its global pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle range con­sist­ing of the D-Max (KB), MU-X and Asian mar­ket only Pan­ther MPV, a fresh re­port from In­dia has claimed that Isuzu is work­ing on a smaller cross­over/SUV as world­wide de­mand con­tin­ues to rise.

Ac­cord­ing to in­di­a­nau­tos­, the au­tomaker’s Deputy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Vice Pres­i­dent for In­dia, Ken Takashima, con­firmed that a model be­low the MU-X is in the works, and that the brand is also con­sid­er­ing go­ing the hy­brid route if proven to be fi­nan­cially vi­able.

‘Prod­uct de­vel­op­ment work

(for smaller SUVs) is go­ing on in­ter­na­tion­ally and we are yet to de­cide if In­dia should be one of the mar­kets for it.

For ev­ery prod­uct that we will launch in In­dia, we will care­fully con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of adding a hy­brid op­tion.

But it has to meet the price pa­ram­e­ters to make it as mass mar­ket as pos­si­ble,’ he said.

De­spite hav­ing launched the up­dated MU-X in In­dia just last week, the au­tomaker is re­port­edly gear­ing up for the un­veil­ing of the all-new model, as well as the D-Max next year, with prior re­ports sug­gest­ing that the lat­ter in par­tic­u­lar would move more up­mar­ket to bet­ter of­fer­ings from chief ri­vals Toy­ota, Ford, Mit­subishi and Volk­swa­gen.

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