MG Motor (Morris Garage) has been working on its first production SUV for India since some time now. The now Chinese owned British brand has been eyeing India as a good potential market and will launch a full fledged SUV as its first model here. Many spyshots of MG SUV have surfaced lately which give an idea of how the car would look like. Recently, some new spyshots surfaced which again showcase the SUV, though in full camouflage.
The SUV seen above in the spyshot will be based on Baojun 530. To let you know, Baojun is a Chinese company that comes under the umbrella of SAIC, which is the current owner of MG. The SUV in the spyshot sports sleek LED headlights and a big fat grille with the company’s logo at the centre. The rear says the same story with similar sleek LED tail lights. Other bits like roof rails, diamond-cut alloy wheels and LED turn indicators on the Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) are also evident.
In terms of size, the MG SUV will be larger and wider the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, both of which will be its direct rivals. Reports suggest that the company could name the SUV as Gloster. It will be a pretty feature rich SUV and will also come with some exclusive features. Apart from regulars like cruise control, multi-info display, powered seats etc, the company will equip the SUV with sunroof, tablet like central screen, segment best infotainment interface along with MG’s connected services and remote applications.
The MG SUV will come with both petrol and diesel engine options and will be Bharat Stage 6 ready in terms of emissions. The petrol unit will be a 1.5-litre turbo charged engine and will churn out around 150 Bhp of power. The diesel engine will be a 2.0-litre unit. It will be sourced from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). Same motors are also found underneath the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier, albeit in a different state of tune. On the MG, expect the 2.0 litre diesel to produce around 170-180 Bhp of power. Both the engines will get an automatic transmission and will offer a very healthy combination of performance and efficiency.
MG is expected to price its SUV in the Rs. 15 lakh to 20 lakh price bracket, which will make it a great package. Also, the SUV will comply with all the safety norms and emission norms to be placed in India soon (BSVI and BNSVAP). One of the main threat to it, however, would come from the Tata Harrier. The Harrier would be positioned lower than the MG SUV but has the potential to pull customers away from a segment above. All we can say for now is that the SUV segment will be getting much hotter in 2019