Here’s a complete list of upcoming MG cars that will hit Indian shores in coming years.
In March 2018, MG Motor has announced its plan for the Indian market. The company confirmed that it will commence its Indian operations with an SUV in the second quarter of 2019. For people not in the know, MG Motor is a subsidiary of the Chinese auto giant – SAIC – which now aims to enter India through this British car marque. MG Motor India acquired General Motors’ Halol plant in Gujarat and has already started refurbishing the facility. Initially, the company will make an investment of Rs 2,000 crore that will be further increased to Rs 5,000 crore over the next six years. In the first phase (initial 4-5 years), the annual production capacity of the plant will be around 80,000 to 85,000 units. If required, it will be ramped-up by another 80,000 to 85,000 units, confirmed the company. The carmaker also aims to achieve about 80 percent localization level of its products from the first day of operations. While SAIC is ready to enter India in June 2019 with all-new 5-seater SUV, we are more interested in the products it could introduce here.
Upcoming MG Cars in India
1. MG eZS SUV
Next in our list of upcoming MG Cars in India is the all-electric SUV – MG eZS that debuted last year at the Guangzhou Motor Show. In India, this electric SUV will directly rival the Hyundai Kona EV that is likely to be launched by mid-2019. In terms of styling, the electric model looks largely identical to the regular MG ZS SUV. This model comes with new exclusive blue paint scheme and newly styled alloy wheels. The cabin is also shared with the regular model, but it gets panoramic sunroof and a large touchscreen infotainment system. The eZS electric motor produces close to 150bhp and is claimed to achieve 0-50kmph in just 3.1 seconds. The SUV offers a range of 335kms on a single charge.
It is likely to arrive in India as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit and will be assembled at the company’s Halol plant in Gujarat. The company could also assemble the battery for the EV in India to curb pricing.
Expected Launch: H2, 2019
Expected Price: Rs 20 lakh – Rs 25 lakh
2. MG Hector
The company’s first model for the Indian market will be an all-new 5-seater SUV called MG Hector. This SUV is basically the re-engineered Baojun 530, which is currently on sale in the Chinese market. The MG Hector is claimed to have over 75% of local components, which is hinting an aggressive price tag. The SUV will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V.
The MG Hector will be available with 2 engine options – a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. The petrol engine is capable of producing 143bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. Compared to its direct rivals – Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and Jeep Compass, the Hector petrol is slightly underpowered. However, it offers the segment-leading torque. The diesel engine is expected to produce around 173bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. The MG Hector will be equipped with several segment-leading features like a 360-degree camera, largest portrait touchscreen infotainment system and segment-leading panoramic sunroof. Other features will include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a TFT multi-info display, paddleshifters, electrically adjustable seats and an electronic parking brake.
Expected Launch: June 2019
Expected Price: Rs 15 lakh – Rs 20 lakh
3. MG B-SUV (Baojun 510)
MG is also planning a compact SUV for the Indian market. In fact, the company is testing the Baojun 510 SUV in India. This SUV is currently on sale in China. This 5-seater SUV will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and the Nissan Kicks. First unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Baojun 510 measures 4,220mm in length, 1,740mm in width and 1,615mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,550mm. Compared to the Hyundai Creta that’s 4,270mm long, 1,780mm width and 1665mm tall, Baojun’s SUV is slightly smaller. In terms of features, the MG SUV gets 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, a Harman Infinity sound system, leather upholstery, etc. The SUV is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces close to 115bhp of power.
Expected Launch: 2020 – 2021
Expected Price: Rs 10 lakh – Rs 15 lakh
4. MG Hector 7-Seater SUV
The 4th model to join the list of MG cars in India is the 7-seater Hector. This model will be based on the 7-seater Baojun 530, which was unveiled earlier this year. The 7-seater Hector is likely to come with a different nameplate and could receive subtle design upgrades as well. What’s interesting is that the 7-seater Hector dimensions are similar to the 5-seater model. It measures 4655mm in length, 1835mm in width and 1760mm in height with a wheelbase of 2750mm. MG might make some structural differences to improve its comfort. While the third-row seats look wide, the legroom could be congested. This model will share the engine specs with the 5-seater model, which includes a 143bhp, 1.5-litre petrol and a 173bhp, 2.0-litre diesel. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer.
Expected Launch – 2020
Expected Price – Rs 20 lakh – Rs 25 lakh