MG 360M is at Auto Expo 2020 in a bid to rival the likes of the segment-leaders.
MG Motor India has brought down the new 360M MPV at the ongoing Auto Expo 2020. The 7-seater is production-ready and could be launched in the Indian market in a few months’ time. From the looks of it, the upcoming MG MPV in India shares a design similar to that of the Hector. The MPV gets regular-looking projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The DLOs are large and a good interior-packaging is noticeable from the outside. Third-row passengers seem to get decent headroom and legroom.
The four-spoke alloy wheels look interesting, but may not have been the best choice of the relatively bland styling of the new MG MPV. The overall silhouette is remarkably similar to that of the Hector (which is to an extent an MPV disguised as an SUV). The MG 360M most likely shares its underpinnings with the Hector SUV; the SAIC-owned automotive brand’s very first product in the country.
The MG Hector is available in both petrol and diesel formats, and we expect it to be the case for the new 360M MPV as well. In the latest BS6 avatar, the MG Hector petrol makes 141bhp and 250Nm from a 1.5-litre turbo power plant while the 2.0-litre FCA-sourced diesel engine is good for 168bhp and 350Nm. There’s a 48V mild-hybrid variant based on the same petrol variant. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual as standard while a DCT unit is available with the petrol motor.
It is too early to confirm whether this will be the exact specifications of the MG 360M. Certain reports state that it will also take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (another best-seller in the MPV category). From the MG Hector, we ave understood that the brand prices its products aggressively and not with respect to the segment (in terms of engine size and specifications).
For instance, the MG Hector goes up against the Kia Seltos which is essentially a vehicle from a lesser category, but coming in the same price bracket. In this regard, the new MG 360M MPV should be a desirable alternative to the Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga as well as the Mahindra Marazzo