The hard-core off-roading enthusiasts must be having a special liking for the Japanese UV maker Isuzu, as the company is known for its tough looking offerings that come braced with equipments to take on the rough and unpredictable terrains to please the adventure seekers. Isuzu is trying to entice the off-roading aficionados further with the introduction of the new concept models that the company unveiled recently. Named as the Isuzu Concept X, the Japanese company has unveiled two versions of the concept off-roaders. One of these is based on the D-Max pickup truck, while the other concept is based on the MU-X SUV, and both look highly aggressive and ready to beat the dust of the toughest of terrains.
The D-Max pickup truck based Concept X model has been endowed with an astounding high ground clearance of 370 mm. The D-Max based concept comes with a departure angle of 38.5 degrees, while the approach angle has been set at 49.7 degrees. Both the concept models comes braced with independent front as well as multi-link rear coil suspension setup to tackle very rough and tough roads. Moreover, the vehicle gets gigantic 38 inch Toyo Open Country off-road tyres, which really add to the huge mean looks of the these concept models.
Both the models of the Concept X boast of customized body components that include hood, fenders, the great 4.5 tonne front and rear winches, and more. Under the hood, both the concept off-road models come powered with a 3.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine along with a Diesel Particulate Diffuser which is paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox sourced from Aisin.
When it comes to suspension setup, engine and a lot of other parts, the MU-V SUV based Concept X is basically same as that of the D-Max based model. However, it comes with a slightly different design and body and also a different interior. In the car market of India, the Isuzu MU-X 7-seater SUV fights it out against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour in the popular Indian premium full-sized SUV segment. In terms of off-road capabilities also, both the Concept X models are almost same. However, the only difference lies in the departure angles of the two models. While D-Max based concept gets a departure angle of 38.5 degrees, the MU-X based model’s is at 37.3 degrees.
As both the Concept X models are really massive, Isuzu has employed 390 mm 6 piston front brakes and 355 mm 4 piston rear brakes with full floating discs to offer great stopping power on these vehicles.
It is not yet known whether the impressive Isuzu Concept X models with their killer looks are just meant for showcase purpose or they will actually be hitting the production line. These fantastic looking off-road vehicle concepts certainly showcase Isuzu’s design and engineering expertise. If the Concept X models ever come to life in their production versions, they would certainly get many interested takers.