MG Motor has just unveiled the Gloster luxury SUV, which is essentially the India-spec version of the Maxus D90. The Gloster will challenge the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in the luxury SUV segment. It is a global SUV that is already on sale in international markets such as China and Australia under different badges such as LDV and Maxus. In India, this SUV will be wearing the MG badge. The SUV is based on a body-on-ladder frame, which should give it enough ruggedness to take on all kinds of terrain.
The MG Gloster has already begun testing on Indian roads, and is pretty massive. Dimensions stand at 5,005 mm in length, 1,875 mm in height and 1,932 mm in width. A wheelbase of 2,950 mm means that this SUV has acres of space inside. It also makes it the largest SUV in its class. While the Chinese version is offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 225 PS and peak torque of 350 Nm, the India-spec version is likely to also offer a 2 liter turbo diesel engine in addition to the petrol motor.
The turbocharged petrol engine gets 6 speed manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options. The diesel engine is based on the Fiat Multijet 2 liter unit but gets twin turbochargers to boost outputs. 218 Bhp of peak power and 480 Nm of peak torque is what the redesigned diesel engine is expected to offer. 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered with the diesel engine as well. A four wheel drive system is also on offer. Certain styling elements of this SUV have been revised to suit the Indian market. First, the badge is now MG, and grille, wheels and chrome highlights have also been tweaked to differentiate it from the LDV and Maxus models.
In terms of features, the MG Gloster is expected to offer a panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps with the adaptive feature, LED DRLs, on-board internet connectivity with connected car features, gesture controlled tailgate, ambient lighting, triple zone automatic climate control, digital instrument cluster, power adjustable front seats with ventilation and massage functions, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The actual feature set will be revealed closer to launch, which is slated in a few months’ time. The SUV will be assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route at MG Motor’s Halol factory in Gujarat. In terms of pricing, we expect it to be pegged close to the Toyota Fortuner’s price, at well under Rs. 30 lakh.