MG came to India like a storm and instantly made its place in our hearts. The British badge owned by Chinese company SAIC gave owners too much in too little. Despite its many shortcomings, the Hector proved to be a breakthrough of sorts for MG. It then came up with the ZS EV and has also launched a sturdy competition in the MPV segment with the MG Hector Plus. And now it is back again to give a tough competition to Innova’s big brother Fortuner.
MG has been caught testing their C-segment SUV the Gloster a couple of times and the newest spy shot looks like the production version of the SUV. It’s basically a rebadged version of the global-spec Maxus D90.
Although SUV’s like the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner has dominated the SUV segment, the MG Gloster will surely make its impact. It has loads of bells and whistles and a powerful engine. The latest spy shot reveals the car finished in The 7-seater SUV is finished in a (greyish) silver shade with new six-spoke wheels (appears to be 19-inches). Other highlights include chrome inserts, quad exhausts (seemingly functional unlike the current trend of fake tips), running boards, slightly raised suspension (see the Maxus D90 for reference), LED lighting, etc.
Inside it is a luxury wrapped cocoon which includes leather seats, powered front seats, middle-row captain seats (higher trims), panoramic sunroof, semi-digital instrument console, yacht throttle-like gear lever, 12.3-inch touchscreen, multi-zone automatic climate control, etc. Its foreign counterpart gets heated and cooled seats too.
Talking about its powertrain, it will most likely feature a twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel unit (based on FCA’s Multijet II) good for roughly 215bhp and 480Nm. Automatic and AWD variants would be included in the package which will be the most powerful in its segment.
The stars look aligned for the newest MG and although it won’t topple the Fortuner because of the brand’s image and reliability, with the right marketing and advertising, it will sure cut some sales figures and become a tough competition.