MG Motor’s first sedan for India will be a premium offering, with crossover-like high ground clearance. It’s called the RC-6 cross coupe, and was unveiled at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo. The car’s massive: it’s dimensions make it a Skoda Superb rival, with a length of 4,925 mm, width of 1,880 mm, height of 1,580 mm and a wheelbase of 2,800 mm. And wait for this, a 198 mm ground clearance.
Well, this figure makes the RC6 a great option for almost every kind of road that India can throw at it. The car is expected to make its debut next year, and is likely to be sold as a much larger alternative to the likes of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia, in the D-Segment sedan space. Bring it on, MG Motor, we say.
The MG RC6 sedan is essentially a re-badged Baojun RC-6, which is sold in the Chinese car market with a price tag of about Rs. 9 lakh. Aggressive localization and assembly through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route should allow MG Motor to price this car between the Rs. 15-20 lakh bracket. This should make it a very competitive car given the massive ground clearance, and dimensions on offer, which also means very spacious interiors.
The MG RC6 sold in China as the Baojun RC-6 is powered by a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 145 Bhp pf peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. There are two gearboxes on offer: a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. Both gearboxes drive the front wheels of the car, which could be the poor man’s Volvo S60 Cross Country if offered with an all wheel drive layout.
Like most cars from MG Motor, the RC6 is not just big in terms of dimensions but also is quite loaded in terms of features. The interior design adopts a minimalist approach, with an airline style gearshifter, leather seats, a massive 12.3 inch high definition touchscreen infotainment unit, a 360 degree camera, 6 way power adjustable driver’s seat, a stereo with 9 speakers for rich sound and a hatch lid that gets gesture control.
Sedans – especially the ones in the D-Segment and higher – are a diminishing species in the Indian market, which is now dominated by SUVs. MG bringing in the RC6 could just make both buyers and manufacturers do a re-think on sedans. In that context, the MG RC6 is one of the path breaking cars showcased at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo.