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Old 16th October 2019, 15:04   #1
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MG Motors Likely To launch Compact SUV in 2020

MG Motors is readying an all-new compact SUV for the Indian market. The new compact SUV is expected to be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020. MG is yet to reveal the details about the new SUV, but it is most likely to be a 5-seater premium SUV to be positioned below the Hector. The new model will directly rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and others in its category.

The company plans to launch 5 new models in our market in the next couple of years. The second MG model – the eZS electric SUV is expected to arrive in December 2019 or January 2020. Adding to it, the company is readying the 7-seater version of the Hector SUV. The 7-seater MG Hector is likely to be launched at the Auto Expo 2020 and will challenge the Tata Buzzard – the 7-seater Harrier.
SUVs will remain the backbone for MG’s plans in India, though the company has also started exploratory work on a hatchback as it looks to gain scale and volumes in the Indian market.

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MG to develop Brezza, Venue rival, entering the Compact SUV segment.

MG India is developing a compact SUV based on an all-new platform which will also spawn an MPV and a hatchback.

MG’s sub-4m SUV to rival Brezza, Venue and Nexon
Future MPV and hatchback to use the compact SUV’s platform
Second plant needed for production of new models
The earlier plan was to re-engineer and rebadge SAIC’s Baojun 510 SUV into a sub-4m model for our market. The Baojun 510 has a 4,220mm length, giving it one of the smallest footprints in SAIC's SUV line-up, and making it a candidate for being modified and launched in India. Lending credence to this is the fact that the 510 has already been spied testing on our roads in the past.

However, after the success of the Hector, SAIC has upped the ante and wants to invest in designing and developing an all-new, sub-4m platform that can act as a base for a variety of body styles for the Indian market. Adapting and repurposing existing Baojun products, then, isn’t the optimal solution.

MG’s upcoming compact SUV for India will be fresh from the ground up.
MG’s compact SUV is expected to arrive only after 2023, with the MPV and hatchback to make an appearance further down the line.

MG likely to to partnerships and sharing capacity with another manufacturer: Ford or VW ?

The most logical partner would be the VW Group, given SAIC’s proximity to the German auto major by way of successful joint ventures in China.

discussions between the two automakers to explore joint opportunities, like capacity sharing and joint product development for our market, actually took place around two years ago when VW’s ‘India 2.0’ plan was being crystallised. If you think about it, it makes sense for SAIC and Volkswagen to join hands to develop a compact SUV, which is the next segment both companies are planning to enter.


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Could this Instagram post hold any clues?
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Last year, I read that MG was in talks with the M&M-Ford JV about leasing out a plant for contract manufacturing. This could be an extension of that with just Ford now.
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