MG Motor India is expected to launch the rebadged version of the Maxus D90 in late 2020. Recently, a speculative rendering of the vehicle surfaced online, thereby giving us an idea of what the new model would look like
The Baojun 530-based MG Hector is expected to be launched this month to compete against other vehicles in the same segment like the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier. The newcomer to the Indian auto market has even planned to expand its portfolio in India by introducing several other models in the country, the MG eZS and the re-badged version of the Maxus D90. Recently, a rendering has been created to imagine the latter.
The rendering of the MG-rebadged Maxus D90 reveals some of its differences against its donor.
The Maxus D90 is the Chinese company’s first ever SUV, which is among many brands owned by SAIC, which is also the mother company of MG. The D90 is based on the T60 pickup truck with the same ladder-on-frame architecture. According to the rendering, the rebadged MG SUV is likely to bear a strong resemblance to its Chinese donor. Nevertheless, just as what the British auto manufacturer has done to the MG Hector to establish its own identity, the MG-branded D90 will get a different grille and some other new soft parts against the D90 which help distinguish itself from the original D90.
The D90 features a muscular and aggressive exterior design. It is equipped with a large front cowl and an MG’s grille which is positioned between the sharp responsive LED headlights. The skid plates are positioned below both the front and rear bumpers. The vehicle also sports C-shaped chrome surrounded fog lamps. The beltline, the door handles and the edges of the grille also get a lot of chrome treatment. The wheel arches and body baseline are protected by black cladding, which lends the SUV a rough appearance. The vehicle runs on 17-to-21-inches alloy wheels.
The Maxus D90 measures 5,005 mm in length, 1,932 mm in width and 1,875 mm in height with a 2,950 wheelbase. With the segment-leading dimensions, apart from the width which is surpassed by Mahindra Alturas G4, the Maxus D90 offers an amber cabin which can accommodate up to seven people.
The Maxus D90 features an aggressive and robust appearance.
As regards the Maxus D90 interior, the vehicle is packed with a wide array of top-notch features. These include an 8-way electrically adjustable driving seat with back support and massage in four ways, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment setup, a sound system with up to 12 speakers, three-zone temperature control, 8-inch MID, 360-degree camera, memory function and heating ventilation. All of these features are expected to be available in the rebadged version.
The cabin of the new vehicle is packed with numerous premium features.
The D90 is currently powered by only a 2.-litre turbo petrol motor which can generate a maximum power of 225 PS and a peak torque of 360 Nm. This engine is coupled with a 6-speed MT or AT gearbox. A 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit with a maximum power/torque output of 177 PS/400 Nm is expected to be the more favourite choice of the Indian auto buyers or even the only engine option available. The vehicle is anticipated to be equipped with a 4WD system with a low-range transfer case to enhance its off-road capabilities.
The MG-rebadged Maxus D90 is projected to be launched in India in late 2019. It is expected to be priced in the range from Rs 30 to Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom) and competes against the Mahindra Alturas G4, Isuzu MU-X, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.