Fresh off the launch of the Hector SUV, MG Motors is working hard towards its future models in India. As of now, the company plans to launch as many as three new SUVs in India along with a possible fourth non-SUV model. According to a report by TOI, Rajeev Chaba, president and MD of MG India, said that the company hopes to gain traction in the Indian market as it launches new models in the country while also expanding its retail presence. As of now, MG has 120 touchpoints across the country and is working on increasing that count to 250 by the end of this year.
Talking about the upcoming new vehicles by the British origin-Chinese owned brand, the first among them will be the eZS EV. It is expected to be unveiled in India during the festive season with the launch following by the end of this year or start of next year. It will be priced around Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh price mark where it will sit below the upcoming Hyundai Kona EV. Internationally, the MG eZS get powered by a 110kW electric motor that offers around 150 PS of maximum power along with 350 Nm of peak torque. This electric SUV can do 0-50 km/h in 3.1 seconds and offers a range of 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.
Next up will be the seven-seater version of the Hector, which will be launched after the eZS EV. Both these vehicles will be available for sale before April 2020, which is also the deadline for BSVI emission norms. The 7-seater version of the Hector will challenge the upcoming Tata Cassini, which is the seven-seater version of the Harrier and will be launched by the end of this year. The seven-seater Hector will essentially be the same car with the same engine-gearbox options and the same kit level, the only difference being an added row of seats at the rear and lesser boot space.
The third SUV that MG plans to bring here is a compact SUV that will sit below the Hector in the brand’s model lineup. It is not yet It is expected to be a Hyundai Creta challenger but will be priced a bit lower than the Korean SUV. The compact SUV segment is one of the most popular segments in the Indian auto market and hence MG will not want to miss out on getting big sales from the segment. The next vehicle could be a hatchback that could be launched by 2022. However, the company has not yet decided on this and hence the plans of a hatchback could also be shelved if the market conditions are not found to be appropriate. What can be confirmed is that the brand will launch three new SUVs in the coming time, which includes the eZS, seven-seater Hector and a Hyundai Creta rival.