Dhanraj Pillay is a well known international hockey player and used to be the captain of the Indian hockey team. He has also won a Padma Shri for the same. Dhanraj has taken part in the Olympic finals, Asian Games, 4 World Cups and Champion Trophies. The former captain has just taken delivery of an MG Gloster SUV. In the photo, we can see Nidhi Modi, Director of MG Mumbai handing over the keys of the SUV to Padma Shri Dhanraj Pillay. Dhanraj has chosen the red colour for his Gloster.
The Gloster was launched last year and is the flagship vehicle for MG Motor. It is a full-size SUV that competes against some serious rivals like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. It also goes against the Mahindra Alturas G4.
The pricing on the Gloster starts at Rs. 29.98 lakhs ex-showroom for the Super variant. Then there is the Smart variant which is only offered as a 6-seater and it costs Rs. 31.98 lakhs ex-showroom. The Sharp variant sits right below the top-end Savvy variant. It is offered as a 6-seater or a 7-seater. Both the variants costs Rs. 35.38 lakhs ex-showroom. The top-end Savvy variant costs Rs. 36.88 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Gloster is offered in two engine options. Both are 2.0-litre diesel engines, the only difference is in the turbocharger’s configuration. The lower variants i.e. Super and Smart are only offered with the single turbo engine whereas the Sharp and Smart are offered with a twin-turbo setup.
The 2.0-litre engine with a single turbo configuration produces 163 PS of max power and 375 Nm of peak torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels only through an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre engine produces a class-leading power output of 218 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 480 Nm. The power is transferred to all the wheels using a 4×4 system and the same 8-speed automatic transmission.
First vehicle to offer ADAS features
ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Aids System. The Gloster offers four ADAS features. It comes with Adaptive Cruise Control which can accelerate and brake according to the speed of the vehicle that is going in front of you. So, if the vehicle in front of you brakes then your car also slows down and if it accelerates then your car will also accelerate.
Then there is Automatic Emergency Braking. The car senses if the vehicle in front of you have come too close and it automatically applies brakes. It also comes with Blind Spot Detection in which the Gloster can detect if there is a vehicle in your blind spot and then it will warn you. Gloster also comes with Automatic Parking Assist. So, the SUV can turn the steering wheel itself, the driver only has to operate the throttle, gear and brake.
It also comes with Forward Collision Warning in which the Gloster can alert the driver visually and by making a sound that an obstruction is detected. It can be anything a pedestrian, a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler. Then there is Lane Departure Warning. It alerts the driver if a vehicle is about to cross from its lane.