MG Motor India is trying hard to make all-ends meet for their India operations; recently they revealed their plans for second manufacturing facility in India that will be focused for sub-4 metre cars such as hatchbacks and compact SUVs.
Furthermore, the automaker had showcased as many as 10 new products from its stable at the recently held Auto Expo 2020. One such product is the Gloster premium SUV, which is essentially a re-badged Maxus D90, sold by parent company SAIC in the Middle-East and Chinese market.
The Gloster is naturally a 7-seat, full-size premium SUV that will be positioned above the MG Hector. It measures 5005 mm in length, 1932 mm in width, 1875 mm in height, and the wheelbase of 2950 mm. Like the Hector, the Gloster is also get loaded with features and new tech.
These include a 360 degree camera, powered tailgate, LED headlamps and tail-lamps, touchscreen infotainment system and a panoramic sunroof to name a few. The Gloster has been spotted undisguised road-testing and we can see it on Indian roads soon. As per reports, it is slated to launch during the upcoming festive season.
As far as safety is concerned, a 5-star rating was awarded to the SUV in the Australia NCAP crash tests in which 70 per cent of the body is made of steel and 9 per cent is made of thermoformed steel.
On the engine front, the Gloster will come powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine in India along with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol. The diesel motor is likely to produce about 200 BHP of power and 480 Nm of torque, seen on the Maxus D90. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
MG is expected to price the Gloster at the Rs. 40-45 lakh price range to make it a competitive product in its segment. When launched, it will take on the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas and the Isuzu MU-X in the premium SUV segment here.
MG Motor India will hope that the Gloster creates a similar kind of wave in the market as the Hector, which is a strong seller for the automaker.
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