The Gloster is MG’s largest SUV to touchdown on Indian soil. MG had planned to bring in a full-sized SUV to India, and so they have delivered! The MG Gloster is a huge SUV and is based on the MG Maxus D90 that is sold in China. When the Gloster goes on sale, and it will be at the end of 2020, it will be the largest SUV from MG yet.
To put it in perception, the MG Gloster is larger than even the Toyota Land Cruiser and so the word “huge” is underrated for this SUV. It will surely stand out on Indian roads and would please all those who are a sucker for sheer size! In terms of performance and pricing, it comes in line with the Toyota Fortuner and more precisely the Mahindra G4 Alturas.
MG has tweaked the looks a bit for the Indian market and it is visible on the front fascia. The front grille and wheels have been modified to cater for a diverse market like India but it still looks very big! The grille is laden with chrome and has a more angular layout. The LED DRLs integrated into the headlights are bright and give it a mean look. The black paint job gives it a very gangsta look and will surely be the choice of many in India. Contrasting roof rails give it a definite look and help onlookers judge the sheer dimensions of this SUV.
The sheer size also translates for a roomy cabin and all three rows provide ample space and quality has gone up drastically as you will find a lot of soft-touch and premium materials on the inside and can be compared to certain European rivals as well. MG has also filled the inside with modern features and you are in for a treat here. The final listing of features for the Indian market is yet to be sorted but the one that has been showcased is filled with features that include adaptive LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, gesture-controlled tailgate, three-zone air conditioning system and a 12.3-inch infotainment system along with an 8-inch instrument cluster. MG has also stated that the Indian retail SUV will have a plethora of personalisation options which will help cater to each customer personally.
The one showcased at Auto Expo is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine which pumps out 221 bhp and is coupled to either a 6-Speed manual or 6-Speed automatic transmission. But this is the international variant and sells in China. India will get a 2.0L twin-turbo diesel engine that has been developed in-house and produces 215 bhp and a whooping 480 Nm of torque. This particular diesel engine has been derived from the very popular Multi-jet 2 engine from Fiat which is also used in the new MG Hector and Hector Plus. MG Gloster will be assembled at MG’s Halol plant in Gujarat and it will be an “almost” CKD unit. This is because very few components will be sourced locally. This will substantially increase the price and so will start from Rs. 35 lakh and upwards. The Gloster will be smartly positioned as a very feasible upgrade for the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. It is pitched in the vacuum between these vehicles and the premium tier. MG has managed to bring about a commotion with its first offering, the Hector and might even do the same for the premium SUV segment.
Also, check out how the competition stacks up against the new-comer in the town of which the Mahindra G4 Alturas comes the closest. But Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour should keep an eye out as well.