The MG Maxus D90 will be larger than the Toyota Fortuner and will have seating for seven or maybe eight
MG Hector is the first product to ever launch in India and it been a great success as the company has increased production at its Halol plant in Gujarat from previous 3000 units to around 5000 units per month. According to the reports, more than 28,000 bookings are still pending to be fulfilled. Not only this, the number touched that mark as MG reopened its bookings and received over 8000 bookings even after the prices of Hector went up by Rs 40,000.
After this MG will unveil its first electric car, the ZS EV in December which will go on sale in January 2020. If you are wondering whether MG will launch something to rival Hyundai Venue, then my friend you are wrong. The British car manufacturer will launch an even bigger model for the Indian market. The product in question will be MG Maxus D90 supersized SUV with a seating capacity of seven.
This three-row full size will be bigger than the Toyota Fortuner which is the best seller in that segment and will take on the Japanese machine with full brawns. Before this, though MG is planning to launch a 6-seat variant of Hector in the Indian market to tackle Mahindra Marrazzo and Maruti XL6.
D90 will rival Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the Isuzu MU-X
So what MG Maxus D90 will offer when it comes to Indian shores, does it have enough of what’s needed to topple Toyota Fortuner? Let’s see the features of the D90.
The MG Maxus D90 is actually the product of Maxus which happens to be subsidiary of the SAIC which also owns Morris Garage. D90 measure massive 5005mm x 1932mm x 1875mm (LxWxH) which makes it longer, wider, and taller than the Fortuner which is big in its own regard. To relate the dimensions, Toyota Fortuner measures 4795mm x 1855mm x 1835mm (LxWxH). What? oh wheelbase, yeah, even its whole 205mm greater than the Fortuner at 2950mm.
Speaking about the engine, the D90 SUV comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 224bhp. This engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Do not expect any miraculous fuel economy out of this one. MG has to launch a turbo diesel engine to make it a good highway machine. Lower variants of D90 will come in two-wheel-drive configuration, however, more money will fetch you a four-wheel-drive variant. And the top-end variants will come with various drive modes including Sport, Eco, Sand, Mud, Snow, and Auto for enhanced off-road capabilities.
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Maxus D90 is built as body on frame chassis and rides on base 19-inch wheels which goes up to 21-inch on the top variants. Larger tires mean higher ground clearance and the SUV sits at 210mm above the ground.
Here’s the list of Features in top-variant of D90 iN Chinese and Australian market:
A Panoramic sunroof
Gesture controlled tailgate
Adaptive headlights with LED DRLs
Three-Zone climate control
8.0-inch instrument cluster
12.3-inch infotainment system
Powered front seats
Heating, Ventilation, and Massager
Electronic Stability Program
Hill Descent control
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Front and Rear Parking sensors
Apart from all these, Maxus D90 will come with unique MG’ed features like connected stuff. Expect surprise elements on the SUV which can help the SUV to hit the rivals hard. If MG price D90 in 27-35 lakh mark, it can become a steal and all other rivals will have to rethink their strategy for the Indian market.