2021 MG Extender Pickup Truck gets minor exterior updates but continues to be powered by the same engine lineup
MG had released the Extender pick-up truck exclusively for Thailand market in 2019. Now, two years later, this one tonne pick-up receives a facelift. The formal premiere is set for 22nd March 2021 at the Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), but thanks to Autospinn, photos of the pickup have been revealed – detailing all the changes.
MG Extender is a rebadged version of the Maxus T70. It is assembled in Thailand by SAIC-CP and will be offered in the same two body styles of Double Cab and Giant Cab. Feature updates will be more on the exterior with interiors to be mildly revised even as the Extender will continue to be powered by the same engine lineup as its earlier counterpart.
The 2021 MG Extender will be seen with extensive use of chrome on its exteriors. The front fascia gets a chrome finished grille in an octagonal design, MG badging is seen on the top of the grille and there is also a new black front bumper bar with skid plate.
LED fog lamps in a C shaped housing, C shaped LED tail lamps and chrome finished handles are also a part of its exterior design changes. The MG Extender will also receive rectangular wheel arches, new 18 inch dual tone wheels, a muscular bonnet and side cladding thus giving it a much more aggressive stance as compared to its predecessor, which was almost identical to the T60. Distinctive Extender badging will be seen on the corner of the tailgate.
Not many changes are seen on the interiors which now gets new brown leather upholstery with faux carbon fiber accents. It continues to sport a 10 inch infotainment system with i-Smart voice control that responds to Thai language, used to control AC, audio, phone calls and navigation.
It also receives MG Link Smartphone app for other functions and online music streaming. Safety equipment will continue to include 360degree camera, automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, lane departure warning, etc.
Powertrain Remains Unchanged
The updated MG Extender sees no change in its engine options on offer. Like its earlier counterpart, it continues to be powered by a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder CRDi engine from Garrett. This engine produces a maximum power of 161 hp. It will be presented in two and four wheel travel configurations and get computerized differential locking with its engine mated to either a 6 speed manual or torque converter / automatic transmission.
The 2021 MG Extender will continue its rivalry against the Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 and Chevrolet Colorado. More details will be revealed during its launch. As of now, there are no plans of this pickup to be launched in India.