MG Planning To Introduce More Body Styles Apart From SUVs
Could be with a premium hatchback rivalling the Baleno and the Elite i20, among others
- MG plans to launch 5 SUVs by 2020, including the Hector and its upcoming 7-seater version.
- MG already has a premium hatchback in its global lineup with the name MG 3.
- A mid-size sedan could also be on the cards for India.
- These cars are expected to have some sort of hybridisation like Hector’s 48V system.
MG is all set to make its debut with the Hector in June this year. And while the launch of the SUV is still a few weeks away, the carmaker has already announced its future strategy for the Indian market. After confirming it plans to bring in five SUVs by 2020, MG has now said it would also try hands on other body types for the Indian market.
MG has not been specific about what body types are being considered for the Indian market yet. However, taking a look at its global portfolio we expect it to bring in a premium hatchback or a mid-size sedan.
Starting with the hatchback, it could be the MG 3, a premium offering already on sale in the UK. However, while the UK gets the first-gen model, MG would only introduce the second-gen car in the country. Once launched, the MG 3 will go up against the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and upcoming offerings like the Tata Altroz and the Toyota Glanza.
Coming to the sedans, there could be a mid-sized one on offer. It could be the MG 6, which has been on sale in global markets since 2007. The MG 6, if launched here, will rival the likes of the Skoda Octavia, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis.
Expect these cars to make an India debut only after 2020, post the launch of the expected SUVs. Other SUVs that will make their debut after the Hector include the eZS electric SUV (launch by December 2019) and a 7-seater version of the Hector. MG is also expected to launch a sub-4m SUV that will take on the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue and others as well as a Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour rival.