The sophisticated MG Gloster SUV made its global debut at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. It is basically the re-badged version of the Maxus D90 SUV, which is on sale in the Chinese market. The Gloster 7-seater premium SUV is scheduled to be launched in the second half of this year. To be positioned above the MG Hector Plus, the upcoming SUV will be the brand’s flagship model in the Indian market. Here we bring you all the details you want to know about the upcoming MG Gloster SUV –
When Will It Launch?
The company has confirmed that the Gloster SUV will go on sale in the Indian market this year. A possible launch during the festive season, before Diwali, can’t be ignored.
The SUV will be assembled at the SAIC Motor Corporations’ Halol based plant in Gujarat. With limited local components, the SUV will be priced on a higher side. The SUV is estimated to be priced somewhere around Rs 38 lakh – Rs 45 lakh.
What’s Under The Hood?
In the global markets, the MG Gloster (aka Maxus D90 or LDV D90) is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This engine is capable of producing 224bhp and 360Nm of torque. The SUV is available in RWD and 4WD options, along with the multiple drive modes – Sport, Eco, Rock, Sand, Mud, Snow and Auto.
The India-spec Gloster will also receive a diesel engine option. It will receive a 2.0-litre, twin-turbo diesel engine, which is derived from FCA’s Multijet II unit. This engine produces 218bhp of power and 480Nm of torque. First unveiled at the 2019 Guangzhou motor show, the new twin-turbo diesel engine will soon power the Chinese-spec Maxus D90.
The Gloster is based on the ladder-frame chassis. In terms of proportions, the SUV is 5,005mm in length, 1,932mm in width and 1,875mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,950mm. Dimensionally, the SUV is bigger than most of the SUVs including the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the Toyota Land Cruiser.
MG Gloster Interior
Thanks to its huge proportions, the MG Gloster is claimed to offer class-leading cabin space. Based on the global D90, the SUV’s interior is designed with plush materials to offer comfortable experience. The company hasn’t revealed the cabin of the SUV, but it is likely to source most of the features from the global model. In terms of features, the SUV will receive an 8-inch multi-info instrument console, 3-zone climate control and ambient lighting.
It is equipped with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. No guesses, the Gloster will also receive the brand’s i-Smart connected car technology. The SUV gets leather upholstery and electrically adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation and massage functions.
– Brake assist
– ESP (Electronic Stability Program)
– Hill-hold control
– Hill descent control
– Rear parking camera
– Front parking camera
– Tyre pressure monitoring system
– 360 degree camera
Gloster Exterior Highlights
The MG Gloster comes with a traditional SUV-like upright stance and prominent haunches for the muscular profile. The SUV looks similar to the Chinese Maxus D90, though it receives subtle changes to make it look like an MG SUV. It comes with a tweaked front grille and chrome treatment, which is popular among Indian buyers. It gets LED adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights, a panoramic sunroof, heated ORVMs and a gesture controlled tailgate.
The SUV rides on large 19-inch wheels shod with 255/55 section tyres, though the Chinese Maxus D90 gets wheels up to 21-inches. The SUV has a ground clearance of 210mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions.