MG Motor India, the Indian subsidiary of the British car marque that will soon launch its first-ever car in India, recently announced that it will soon start conducting roadshows in India. It also announced that it plans to invest a total of Rs 5,000 crore in India in next 6 years. The company will conduct its first roadshow in Mumbai on March 28. Next, it will even conduct roadshows in New Delhi and Bengaluru on April 6 and April 16 respectively. MG Motor India will launch its first car in India in the second-half of 2019. Till then, it will try to establish a connection with the Indian car buyers through such roadshows and other promotional activities.
SAIC Motor Corporation, the current owner of MG Motor and also the largest automobile manufacturer in China, has already taken over GM India’s Halol manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The plant will have an initial manufacturing capacity of 80,000 units per annum. The company has already hired around 1,000 employees in the country. MG Motor’s first vehicle for the Indian car market will be the ZS SUV. Moreover, the company plans to launch a new product every year from 2019. MG Motor India will enjoy a network of 300 dealerships and service centers across the country.
The MG ZS will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta in our car market.It is currently on sale in the Chinese market, where it is offered with two petrol engine options – 1.0 Turbo with a maximum power of 123 bhp and a peak torque of 175 Nm, and a 1.5 naturally-aspirated with a maximum power of 118 bhp and a peak torque of 150 Nm. There are good chances that the ZS will get a Diesel engine option when it goes on sale here.
The China-spec MG ZS is significantly larger than the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. In fact, it’s big as the Mahindra XUV500 but offers only 5 seats. There are good chances of MG promoting its larger-than-Creta SUV as a better value-for-money offering that the immediate rivals.