MG Gloster is expected to be launched by the end of this year, while the manufacturer will launch the Hector Plus in 3-6 months' time
MG Motors unveiled two SUVs at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2020 – Hector Plus and Gloster. The manufacturer also confirmed the launch plans of these SUVs. The Hector Plus is scheduled to be launched in between a span of 3 to 6 months from now, while the Gloster is set to be launched after the Hector Plus. The Gloster, which happens to be a badge-engineered version of the Maxus D90 sold in China, has already been spotted testing on Indian roads on a few occassions.
MG Gloster will be offered with 2 enigne options to choose from, a 2.0L petrol and a 2.0L diesel.
The car is been rigorously tested to bring it in its best avatar for Indian driving conditions and complete the homologation process. However, a delay is expected in its launch as the China-based parts suppliers of MG are not working at their full capacity. The Coronavirus epidemic is taking a toll on China’s production facilities, which supply materials to the company’s Indian subsidiary.
Although, once launched, the Gloster is going to be an important car for the manufacturer. It will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Helping the Gloster stand out would be its dimensions, which give it an imposing stance and loads of road presence. The SUV measures 5005mm in length, 1932mm in width, and 1850mm in height. With these dimensions, the Gloster can tower over almost any other SUV in its segment.
The technical specifications of the MG Gloster are still under wraps. That said, the car is expected to come with a 2.0L petrol and a 2.0L diesel engine. The petrol engine is expected to be a direct lift from the China-spec Maxus D90, which produces 220PS and 360Nm as its peak power and torque output, respectively. For the diesel, we expect MG to use Maxus T70 pickup truck’s 2.0L turbo-diesel engine. This oil-burner is offered in 2 states of tune. With a single turbocharger onboard, this engine produces healthy power and torque figures of 163PS and 375Nm, respectively, while the twin-turbo setup produces 218PS of peak power and 480nm of max. torque. The 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine on the T70 pickup truck is BS-6 compliant, which further strengthens our expectations of its introduction in the upcoming flagship SUV from the Chinese-owned British car marque.