MG Motor entered Indian market in 2019 with Hector, the brand focusses on SUV models and as part of their strategy, they introduced Hector Plus, MG ZS EV, Gloster and recently Astor in the market. Astor is the latest model in MG India’s portfolio and Gloster is the flagship SUV. It is a full size SUV that competes with cars like Toyota Fortuner Isuzu MU-X and recently discontinued Ford Endeavour. The SUV is not the best seller for MG in India but, decent number of cars have been spotted on our roads after the launch. It looks like MG is still testing Gloster in India. Recently, couple of test mules with heavy camouflage were spotted testing.
One of our reader Dhruva Mundodi shared this video on his YouTube channel MUNDODI VLOGS. The video shows couple of heavily camouflaged MG Gloster SUVs getting refuelled from a petrol pump. The SUV at the front looks the same as current version of Gloster that we have in India but, the rear SUV has a different grille. If we notice closely, both SUVs have a different logo.
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It does not have MG’s logo but, Maxus. The reason why it does not have MG’s logo is because Gloster is actually a rebadged version of D90 SUV which is sold by Maxus a brand under Chinese SAIC Motor. Looking at the SUV, we could not find any major changes to the SUV. The front gets a LED projector headlamps, massive grille, 19 inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and so on.
MG has not mentioned anything about the Gloster but, it is quite possible that MG is planning to launch a facelifted version of Gloster in the market. The SUV parked at the rear has an different looking skid plate as well. It is also possible that MG is planning to introduce a lower variant of Gloster in India to make it more accessible to buyers. It is expected to get minor updates on the outside.
We also have an image of the interior that shows what all has changed. The basic layout of the cabin remains the same but, if you notice, the leather wrapped portion on the current version of MG Gloster has been replaced with wooden finished panels. The design of the steering, floating type touchscreen infotainment system, instrument cluster all look the same.
The upholstery on the test mule is also brown leather which gives it a premium look. The reason why we think that it is going to be a lower variant is because the SUV at the front has LED DRLs but, the one parked at the rear does not get LED DRLs and also misses on horizontal slats. Instead, it gets a mesh type design in it. MG Gloster is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine in two states of tune. The lower variant gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 160 Bhp and 375 Nm of peak torque. Higher variants come with a 2.0 litre diesel engine with twin turbochargers. The engine generates 215 bhp and 480 Nm of peak torque.
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