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2020 MG Gloster Spied on Road Test in India for the First Time

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SAIC-owned MG Motor today launched the MG Gloster in India for a starting price of Rs 28.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Available in four variants and a couple of seating configurations (six-seater and seven-seater), the MG Gloster price goes up to Rs 35.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the uninitiated, the MG Gloster is MG Motor’s flagship SUV in India and answer to the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4. These prices are, however, introductory and valid until October 31, 2020 or for the first 2,000 customers, whichever comes earlier.

The four different variants that you find in the MG Gloster are Super, Smart, Sharp and Savvy. The SUV’s seating pattern differs based on the variant. The entry-level Super gets a seven-seater configuration, while the top-spec Savvy features a six-seater layout. The Smart has a seven-seater configuration. In the Sharp, you can choose between six- and seven-seater layouts.

Before moving on to the variant-wise prices of the MG Gloster, let us have a detailed look at its powertrains. The SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that develops 163PS and 375Nm. Also available is a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel mill that belts out 218PS and 480Nm. Both the motors are paired with an 8-speed AT. The variants with 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel mill feature on-demand 4WD as well. The Gloster comes with an electromechanical differential lock, BorgWarner AWD transfer case and off-road modes, including Mud, Sand, Snow and Rock.

The Super and Smart variants of the MG Gloster get the 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, while the Sharp and Savvy trims are equipped with the 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel mill. Below are the variant-wise MG Gloster prices (ex-showroom, Delhi).

> MG Gloster Super 7-seater Turbo – Rs 28.98 lakh
> MG Gloster Smart 7-seater Turbo – Rs 30.98 lakh
> MG Gloster Sharp 7-seater Twin Turbo – Rs 33.68 lakh
> MG Gloster Sharp 6-seater Twin Turbo – Rs 33.98 lakh
> MG Gloster Savvy 6-seater Twin Turbo – Rs 35.38 lakh

Some might say that the MG Gloster does not have an eye-catchy design. But given the SUV’s generous proportions, you can’t exactly ignore it on road! The Gloster is 4,985mm in length, 1,926mm in width and 1,867mm in height. It has a 2,950mm long wheelbase. It is bigger than the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, and longer and higher than the Mahindra Alturas G4. In terms of wheelbase, the Gloster trumps its three rivals. The notable exterior features in the MG Gloster include chrome front grille, LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, quad tailpipes and 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Depending on the variant, you find either a six-seater (2+2+2) configuration or a seven-seater (2+3+2) layout inside the cabin. If you go for the six-seater option, you are welcomed by second-row captain seats, a first for any SUV in this segment and price bracket. The 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible and is paired with a 12-speaker audio system. Also available are creature comforts like a 12-way power-adjustable driver, 8-way power-adjustable co-driver seat, flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, 8-inch MID, cruise control PM 2.5 filter, wireless charging, TPMS and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The i-Smart 2.0 connectivity technology in the Gloster offers more than 70 features.

The safety features in the new MG Gloster include six airbags, electronic stability program, traction control system, hill hold control, hill descent control, ABS + EBD and brake assist, front and rear disc brakes, 360-degree around-view camera, reverse parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, and driver fatigue reminder system.

The top-of-the-line MG Gloster Savvy variant is also equipped with the ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) that combines functionalities like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection and automatic parking assist.

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Maruti Futuro e Coupe SUV Concept Design

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Maruti Futuro e Coupe SUV Concept Design

Around two years ago, Suzuki Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation signed an agreement for a capital alliance to establish and promote long-term partnership in new fields including electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous driving technology.

Both automakers will also co-develop multiple new products under this joint venture including electric cars.

Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are said to be working on a midsize SUV for launch later this year. It will compete against Hyndai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Tata Nexon and MG Astor in the highly competitive segment.

Maruti Suzuki has codenamed the electric SUV, YY8. Toyota will also sell its version of the SUV but it will have its own design.

The design language of YY8 will look futuristic and will be a big departure from current styling that looks reserved and mundane. So, we can say that Maruti Suzuki YY8 will stand out against other vehicles.

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Skoda Slavia is Launched

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Skoda Slavia

Skoda Slavia comes from the same platform of Kushaq and shares the same engine, gearbox and lot of other features.

Slavia is only available in its petrol version and the mileage claimed by ARAI is 18.07 to 19.47 kmpl.

My prediction on slavia about its success is high as it follows the same engine and features of kushaq that turned out to be a grand success already.

Slavia is a good alternative for Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

Notable Features of Slavia over its rivals

  • Design : The new SKODA SLAVIA is a testament to sleek and beautiful design. Slavia’s bold hexagonal SKODA chrome grille, LED Headlights with L-shaped DRLs & C shaped split LED tail lamps bring the attitude.

Skoda Slavia Design

  • Mileage : Comparatevely better mileage than its rivals.
  • Boot : 521 litres of boot space comforts more luggage.

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MG Motor’s new facelift electric SUV

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2022 MG EV Facelift

MG Motor is expected to launch the facelift version of its existing electric car ZS EV in February 2022.

The facelift ZS EV 2022 will see a larger battery pack and hence, a better range, as compared to the current model of ZS EV SUV. According to industry sources, the facelift SUV MG ZS EV 2022 will come with a 50kWh battery pack. It is expected to touch a range of 500 kilometres in single charge, if sources are to be believed.

The facelift ZS EV 2022 is likely to have a price tag between ₹22 lakh to ₹25 lakh (ex-showroom). It will be manufactured at its Halol factory in Gujarat.

MG Motor India had earlier quoted that it will launch new electric car between ₹10-15 lakh price bracket to fuel the mass adoption in the country. The car maker might launch it separately in the last quarter of FY22-23.

The MG ZS EV is a mid-size compact SUV that was introduced in the Indian market as the company’s first EV for the market and rivals the Hyundai Kona EV in terms of price and segment. The MG ZS EV gets a 3 Phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous motor and a 44.5kWh battery pack that deliver 142PS of power and 353Nm of torque which propel the MG ZS EV from 0-100kmph in just 8.5 seconds (claimed). On a single charge, the MG ZS EV deliver 419km of range and can fast-charge at 50kW CCS type charging point (0-80 percent) in just 50 minutes.

Other features includes – all-wheel disc brakes, McPherson Struts up front and Torsion Beam suspension setup at the back, 215/55 R17 wheels, brake energy regeneration along an automatic electronic transmission. Features include 6 airbags, TPMS, hill assist systems, rear parking assist system, ISOFIX child seat anchor, large infotainment system with connected car features and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, LED lighting system, leather seats, panoramic sunroof, powered driver seat, etc.

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