As the Chinese-owned British carmaker MG Motors gets ready to launch in 2019 in India, the company has confirmed that they will roll out its first vehicle by the second quarter of 2019 – and it will be an SUV.
MG Motors is ready to enter the gigantic India automobile market and they have reportedly kick-started the testing of close-to-production system of their first product in India – the Baojun 530. Known as the ‘Internet’ SUV, Baojun will not only debut MG in India, but it will be a sucker punch on mid-range SUVs like Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass, in Q2 2019. The MG Motors Baojun 530 is a product of the partnership between SAIC, General Motors and Wuling that debuted in international market in March this year and complying with the “Make in India”, the SUV will be “made in India for Indians”.
The five-seated Baojun is likely to be available in two variants – a diesel version which will be powered with the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre engine and a petrol version for which, details are yet to be released for India. The car will churn out around 168hp and 250Nm of torque and is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and manual gear shifting option. The car is known as “internet SUV” since it will be equipped with technologies like built-in Wi-Fi, AI-enabled services, cloud-based services and over-the-air updates. Also, Baojun 350 will be the longest SUV in its segment and hence, be much more spacious and roomy from the inside.
While further details of the MG SUV are tightly secured under wraps, these cars will be manufactured in MG’s Halol facility in Gujarat. As about the price tag of the yet-to-arrive SUV, MG plans to make it a tough competition with existing mid-range compact SUVs in the segment and it might cost around Rs 14 lakh, making it about Rs 1.5 lakh cheaper than its closest rival – the Jeep Compass.