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MG will launch MPV after the ZS Petrol SUV, either 360M or G10

Written by Nizam Shaikh

MG entered the Indian market with the Hector SUV, mid-year in 2019, which was an instant hit. The brand has since launched the MG ZS EV, a fully electric SUV, the MG Hector Plus 6-seater and the MG Gloster premium SUV in the Indian market. Now the brand has big plans for 2021 which includes the 7-seater version of the Hector Plus that will be launched in January which is likely to be followed by the new MG Hector facelift, a 7-seater version on the Savvy trim of the Gloster SUV and a new Compact SUV which is expected to be the MG ZS Petrol which has been spotted testing in Indian on more than one occasion. 

Now, to further strengthen the product portfolio, MG is speculated to introduce a new MPV in the Indian market in the second half of 2021. The brand at the 15th edition of the Auto Expo 2020 in Delhi showcased two MPVs – the MG G10 and the MG 360M. Speculations are that MG could introduce one of the two MPVs in the Indian market to set its grip on the segment, but as of now, there is no information on which MPV out of the two could arrive on the Indian shores. 

The MG G10 is essentially a rebadged version of the Maxus G10 that retails in China. The Maxus G10 measures 5168mm in length, 1980mm in width, 1928mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 3198mm. In terms of size, the G10 is slightly larger than the Kia Carnival which measures 5115mm in length, 1985mm in width, 1740mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 3060mm. The Maxus G10 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 218 PS of power and 330 Nm, but the brand is likely to share the single turbo engine from the Gloster to reduce costs. 

The MG 360M is expected to be the more affordable between the two and is expected to be pinned against the more volume-driven segment which includes the Toyota Innova Crysta, Mahindra Marazzo, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the XL6. In terms of dimensions, the 360M is 4615mm in length, 1735mm in width and 1660mm in height. To put things into perspective, the Toyota Innova Crysta measures 4735mm in length, 1830mm in width, 1795mm in height and the Ertiga measures 4395mm in length, 1735mm in width and 1690mm in height. This positions the 360M in a sweet spot between the much larger and premium Innova Crysta and the smaller entry-level Ertiga MPV. 

It is expected that in the near future, the brand will announce which out of the two is expected to come to the Indian market and a rough timeline.