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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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Hyundai Kona Electric

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Versatile and powerful, the KONA Electric will be the first All-Electric SUV in India. Its power packed performance provides a thrilling driving experience with high acceleration over long distances. KONA Electric is here to change the way people think about going electric.

Price: 26.39 Lakh onwards.

Variants: Premium and Premium Dual Tone

Battery Pack, Electric Motor and Range: Power never looked so stylish. A zero emission electric SUV that delivers instant acceleration and power with over an overwhelming 452km range on a single full charge. Its powertrain comprises a 39.2kWh battery pack, paired to an electric motor with an output of 136PS and 395Nm.

Features: Kona equipped it with a sunroof, auto AC, wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, rear AC vents, and cruise control. The list also includes a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED bi-functional headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, and roof rails.

Safety: Kona safety features like six airbags, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, hill assist control, disc brakes on all four wheels, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, a rear camera as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system. It also has a virtual engine sound system to warn pedestrians of the silent EV.

Competitors: MGZS EV, Tata Nexon EV

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BYD E6

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The globally renowned maker of pure electric vehicles, BYD, is known for bringing to India some of the best EV technologies. BYD stands for build your dreams. It has also brought in EV adoption in areas such as Material Handling Equipment, public sector transport, and electric passenger vehicles for the B2B sector, and the All-New e6 is India’s first premium eMPV and the only electric vehicle powered by the Blade Battery in India.

Price: BYD E6 starts at Rs. 29.15 Lakh.

Variants: 1 varient E6.

Battery Pack, Electric Motor and Range: Battery Pack, Electric Motor and Range: The All-New e6 comes equipped with a 71.7 kWh Blade Battery with up to 520km range after a single charge, making it the only Indian eMPV with such a long-range. And All-New e6 also comes with a battery cell warranty of 8 years or 500,000 km (whichever is earlier), leading the market. When using DC fast charging, the charge in the batteries can go from 30 to 80 percent in 35 minutes. Regenerative braking also tops up the batteries and can work from as low as 2kmph. And for an extra Rs 45,000, BYD offers a 7kW AC wall charger with the e6.

Features: BYD E6 comes with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, leather-wrapped seats, a 10.1-inch rotatable touchscreen, and a CN95 air filtration system. This MPV car comes loaded with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). From Comfort perspective, E6 Electric have Adjustable steering, Power Steering, Start / Stop Button.

Safety: ISOFIX (Child-Seat Mount) from safety point of view. Keyless Entry

Competitors: MG ZS EV

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The Taycan is uncompromising and perfect for the everyday. Striking proportions, timeless and instantly recognisable design. With a spacious interior and two luggage compartments, providing comfort and convenience for four. Two cars that reflect the future – and yet instantly reveal the Porsche soul. The Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo will grab your attention, even when stationary.

Price: Starting at Rs 1.69 crore onwards(ex-showroom).

Variants: Taycan 4S, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan GTS, Taycan Turbo, Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo S

Battery Pack, Electric Motor and Range: The performance battery plus provides the Taycan with a WLTP range of upto 484 kilometers. The Taycan battery exploits its huge potential by using pouch cells, chemically optimised for maximum performance with a long range: in the large capacity version (Performance Battery Plus), there 33 modules with a total of 396 cells. Two Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors are therefore installed in the Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, Taycan Turbo S and Taycan GTS as well as in the Taycan Cross Turismo models – one on each axle – and the performance battery plus is integrated deep in the underbody. The effect: superior driving dynamics and all-wheel drive that can be optimally adjusted to the fluctuation between efficiency and dynamics in the various driving modes.

Features: You can charge the Taycan turbo to get a 100Km range in 5 minutes. The interaction of the drive components results in impressive performance figures, both technically when upto 560k/W(761PS) overboost is activated with Launch Control, both motors accelerate the Taycan Turbo S from a standstill to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds.

Competitors: Audi e-tron GT, Porsche Panamera

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