MG Motor has begun production of its fourth vehicle for India – the Gloster luxury SUV. To be launched later today, the MG Gloster will rival the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-X and the Mahindra Alturas in the luxury SUV segment. The Gloster packs in a lot of advanced features that places it head and shoulders above the competition. MG Motor assembles the Gloster through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route at its Halol factory in Gujarat. The MG Gloster will be the brand’s most expensive vehicle, and is likely to command a price tag close to Rs. 30 lakh. Bookings are already open and deliveries will begin shortly. Here’s a short video that shows the assembly process of the Gloster, whose prices will be officially revealed in an hour from now.
The MG Gloster sold in India will be offered with a single engine option: a 2 liter-4 cylinder twin turbo diesel with 215 BHP of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 480 Nm of peak torque at 1,500-2,400 rpm. An 8 speed ZF sourced torque converter automatic gearbox channels torque to the wheels. While the engine is among the smallest in its class with only the Ford Endeavour offering a similarly sized motor, the power and torque outputs seem ample.
In fact, the Gloster proved to be quite peppy on the road. Do check our video review of MG’s latest luxury SUV here. A four wheel drive system with a BorgWarner transfer case is standard on the SUV. The four wheel drive system has not one, not two but seven different drive modes that gives the Gloster great capability off the road. The drive modes are: Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand, Eco, Sport and Rock.
Coming to the advanced features that the Gloster packs in, buyers will be thrilled to know that the large SUV gets a semi-autonomous parking system that makes parking a brezze. Then there’s the radar guided cruise control that automatically adapts to road and vehicle conditions to maintain cruise speed accordingly. Autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and a fatigue reminder system are the other segment-leading safety features on offer in the Gloster. Key luxury features on the SUV include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that has 71 connected car features apart from playing music and controlling a variety of car functions, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, captain seats in the second row, 12-way adjustable driver seat with memory function and a panoramic sunroof.