The bulky premium SUV finally makes inroads to the Indian Territory.
After garnering a lot of eyeballs at the 2020 Auto Expo, the mighty Gloster finally headed to MG showrooms in India at an introductory price of Rs 28.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Undoubtedly, it speaks volumes from any angle, and we, mean it. It ditches all its competitors when it comes to proportions including the Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4. Let’s give you some quick facts about the Gloster which are a must if you wish to buy this SUV.
The MG Gloster looks distinct from the MG Hector. In fact, one cannot recognise that it is from the same automaker which produces Hector – no visible resemblance. Reason? Its parent company SAIC. This Chinese-state owned automobile company is one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers and has multiple auto brands across the globe.
SAIC launches cars from different brands under different badges in its markets. The Gloster SUV is essentially the LDV D90 in Australia and Maxus D90 in China. Sighting the demand of premium SUVs, SAIC decided to rebrand and launch it in India under Morris Garages insignia.
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Engine that musters power
The Gloster comes with a single-engine option – a 2.0L twin-turbo diesel. It develops tremendous power of 218hp along with generating thumping torque of 480Nm. There is no option of a manual stick and it comes calibrated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. It switches to 4WD whenever it feels the need.
It lacks the feature of manual switching between 2WD and 4WD options like its rivals. The only option you have for changing drive type is to go via drive modes – Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock.
At lower RPMs, it will feel sluggish but as soon as you hit the open stretch of roads, the mammoth vehicle will come into its tune – very delightful to drive.
Proportions that rival with trucks
The MG SUV is huge in every sense. A look at its dimension will make one wonder whether it’s true. Have a look at its measurements below.
|Premium SUVs||MG Gloster||Toyota Fortuner||Ford Endeavour||Mahindra Alturas G4|
You must be wondering that you always thought Endeavour is a really big vehicle. How about the Gloster? Stunning, isn’t it? However, there is one area where it’s beaten by the Mahindra Alturas G4 – the width.
Features that make you drool
MG has packed enough bells and whistles in the Gloster to unsettle the rivals. It gets 3-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with heating, ventilation, massage and memory functions, a big 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, paddle shifters, MG’s ‘i-Smart’ connected car tech and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As you go higher up the variants, it gets 12-speaker sound system, blind spot monitoring system, 360-degree parking cameras and many more.
The top-spec Gloster Savvy version is imparted with a suite of ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) features, like autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, hands-free parking and adaptive cruise control.
Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, hill hold assist, ESP, traction control, auto wipers, auto headlamps and many more.
Impeccable price for entry-level variants
Despite the plethora of features on offer, the MG Gloster undercuts its key rivals when it comes to pricing. The Gloster’s base variant – Super trim – is priced at Rs 28.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). With standard features and space on offer in the MG SUV, its base trim is worth buying if you are looking for an entry-level Toyota Fortuner or Ford Endeavour variant. The price difference is massive with Fortuner (Rs 3.55 lakh) and considerable with the Endy (Rs 1 lakh).
Here are the variant-wise prices of the MG Gloster.
|MG Gloster Variants||Price (ex-showroom Delhi)|
|Super (7-seat)||Rs 28.98 lakh|
|Smart (6-seat)||Rs 30.98 lakh|
|Sharp (7-seat)||Rs 33.68 lakh|
|Sharp (6-seat)||Rs 33.98 lakh|
|Savvy (6-seat)||Rs 35.38 lakh|
Please note the prices are introductory and will change after 31st October, 2020.
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