After unveiling the Hector Plus and the Gloster, MG Motor India has now revealed their first MPV for India at the 2020 Auto Expo.
With two consecutive highly successful launches, MG Motor India is gearing up to take things to a few notches up this year. The new brand introduced the Hector premium SUV in India amidst uncertainty but we all know how it turned out. The e-ZS electric crossover too started off very strongly. Moving forward, the SAIC-owned British brand is all set to explore several promising market segments in India and the premium MPV segment is certainly one of them.
The MG MPV is one of the many rebadged SAIC products that are in attendance at the Auto Expo 2020. One of MG Motor’s biggest strengths is its access to the parent company’s wide and varied products across different brands. This one is a rebadged version of Maxus G10 which is currently on sale in China.
The premium people carrier is here to test the waters and gather feedback from the public. If MG Motor decides to green light the MPV for India, it would be aiming to slot itself between the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta, two of the country’s most successful MPVs. It will be similar in size to the Kia Carnival, but will be priced much lesser than the Carnival. Price of MG G10 is going to be in an estimated range of Rs 12-20 lakhs.
The India-spec variant would certainly be plusher than the Ertiga with heavily contoured seats, a huge touchscreen infotainment system and a array of creature comforts but we expect it to offer better value proposition than the Innova Crysta.
The powertrain lineup of the China-spec Maxus G10 comprises a 2.0-liter turbo petrol, a 2.4-liter diesel and a 1.9-liter diesel engine. If the company decides to launch the MPV in India, we expect it to borrow its engines from the MG Hector. The equipment could also be shared with the Hector to maximize the benefits of economies of scale.
Though the Indian car market is dominated by crossovers at present, the MPV segment continues to stay resilient. Most Indian families are huge and an MPV emerges as a most practical form of private transport. With customers not shying to spend money on premium offerings anymore, products like MG MPV and Kia Carnival hold good market potential in the country.