The MG G10 premium MPV is expected to be launched in India next year
The MG G10 MPV which was showcased earlier this year at the Auto Expo has received an updated in China. Marketed under SAIC’s Maxus brand in the Chinese market, the people carrier witnesses quite a few mechanical changes, primarily in the powertrain department.
The India-bound MG G10 is likely to be based on the updated Chinese version. The updated powertrain lineup of the China-spec G10 comply with the nation’s new emission standards that are set to become mandatory from July 2023.
The full-sized people mover’s 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine has been tweaked while the 1.9-liter turbo diesel has been replaced by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. The petrol motor which earlier produced slightly less power and torque when mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission now develops the same 224 hp / 350 Nm as the 6-speed manual variant.
The new oil burner is good enough for 163 hp and 375 Nm of torque. That is 13 hp and 25 Nm more than what the outgoing 1.9-liter mill offered. Moreover, the new motor is available with a 6-speed manual transmission and a new 8-speed automatic box. In addition to powertrain changes, the China-spec Maxus G10 also receives updated seat fabric and a new 8-seat configuration in addition to the 7- and 9-seat variants. The are no noteworthy visual changes or improvements in equipment list.
The entry level variant of the 2020 Maxus G10 is priced at CNY 139,800 (around INR 14.96 lakh). If the specifications of the auto expo show car are anything to go by, the India-bound MG G10 MPV will be aiming to go after the well established Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of market positioning.
When the MPV goes on sale in India, it is likely to share connectivity and infotainment features with the MG Hector. Other salient features of fully loaded variants will include leather upholstery, multiple airbags, a comprehensive suite of electronic safety features, entertainment solutions for rear seat occupants, powered sliding doors, touch-free tailgate, alloy wheels, LED headlamps and so on.
With an estimated price range of INR 12 to 20 lakh, the MG G10 would be an interesting proposition, especially considering that MPVs are back in the vogue again. MG Motor India’s primary focus after the pandemic situation gets under control is to clear the order backlogs of the Hector and bring in the Hector Plus 6-seat variant. The MG G10 is expected to be launched in India sometime next year.