MG Motors has had a good start in India with the MG Hector becoming the best seller in its segment. The auto manufacturer recently reopened bookings for the Hector and has hired more workforce to work in its manufacturing plant in order to meet the high demands. Apart from this, MG Motors is also working on its future model lineup in India which will mostly consist of SUVs and crossovers. As of now, MG plans to launch as many as three new SUVs in India along with a possible fourth non-SUV model, though a fourth full-size SUV is also said to be under consideration.
The next vehicle to be launched by MG in India will be the eZS EV crossover. The British origin-Chinese owned auto manufacturer had plans to launch the eZS by the end of this year in India but now its launch has been shifted to early 2020. Internationally, the MG eZS get powered by a 110kW electric motor that puts out around 150 PS of maximum power along with 350 Nm of peak torque. This enables the eZS to go from 0-50 km/h in 3.1 seconds and the vehicle offers a range of around 350 km. Like the Hector, the eZS will also feature quite a few segment-first features including a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and embedded eSIM among others. When launched, it is expected that the eZS EV will be priced around Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh price mark which will make it a more attractively placed option to the Hyundai Kona EV.
Following the eZS will be the seven-seater version of the Hector. It will be launched before April 2020, which is when the BSVI emission norms will kick in. The major change on this SUV will be the addition of two more seats and slightly larger dimensions, though it could also have the exact same footprint as the Hector. When launched, the 7-seater version of the Hector will challenge the upcoming Tata Cassini, which is the seven-seater version of the Harrier. The seven-seater Hector will come with the same engine-gearbox options and the same features set apart from a few changes.
Next to be launched in the Indian market will be a compact SUV by MG that will sit below the Hector in the manufacturer’s model lineup. A few reports have suggested that it will be based on the upcoming Baojun RS-3 SUV which itself is the successor of the Baojun 510 SUV. However, it is not confirmed yet whether MG will bring this compact SUV in India as a sub-4 meter segment SUV or a Kia Seltos rivalling SUV. If launched in the sub-4 meter segment, expect the level of competition to go up in the segment by a few notches.