While India awaits the launch of the MG Gloster, the new 5-metre, 7-seater SUV from Morris Garages, the China-spec model has already seen an update.
MG Motors is planning to expand its vehicle lineup in India. The company entered our market with the MG Hector, and then later added the ZS EV to their range. A six- or seven-seater version of the Hector is already in the pipeline, called the Hector Plus. Next is the turn of a proper mid-to-large size SUV to rival the Toyota Fortuner, called the MG Gloster.
Previously showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, MG Gloster is significantly larger than the Fortuner (and Ford Endeavour for that matter). The car is based on the Maxus D90 SUV. Maxus is a Chinese SUV and pickup truck manufacturer, owned by SAIC. Regular readers of IndianAuto might be aware that SAIC is also the parent company of MG. During the end of last year, the Chinese brand had introduced a new version of their SUV, called Maxus D90 Pro.
Maxus D90 Pro was launched last year, near the end of November 2019. With the ‘Pro’ edition, the SUV has added a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine to the range, capable of generating 217 PS and 480 Nm. The previous 2.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine is also available. It pushes out a healthy 224 PS and 360 Nm. Both the engines can be had with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. While the petrol version is only available in a rear-wheel-drive format, the diesel variant also gets a four-wheel-drive option.
As mentioned above, the Maxus D90 will arrive in India after being rebadged as the MG Gloster. The car will be over 5-metres in length, the largest in its segment, and will feature MG’s iSmart system with over 50 connected car features, which is more than the same on Hyundai Creta! Other items on the equipment list include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, three-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, along with heated and ventilated front seats with massage function, and a part-analogue-part-digital instrument cluster.
With the novel coronavirus pandemic sweeping throughout the country, it is hard to say when the MG Gloster will launch in India. The expected timeline is from September 2021 to February 2022. The India-spec model might give the petrol engine a miss and only offer a diesel engine, just like Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4, and Skoda Kodiaq. Expect the prices to soar between Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 40 lakh.