The Maxus D90 has been spied in India for the first time. Reports suggest that this model will be rebranded as an MG product in our market.
For those new to Maxus, it’s one of SAIC’s many brands just like MG. However, it’s purely Chinese and has no British roots. The D90 is the first-ever Maxus SUV and uses the company’s T60 pickup truck’s ladder-frame chassis. At 5,005 mm in length, 1,932 mm in width and 1,875 mm in height, it’s kind of huge. It has a 2,950 mm wheelbase. The dimensions put it in the Toyota Land Cruiser territory, but the pricing and features will likely make it a Toyota Fortuner rival.
The Maxus D90 comes packed with features like Adaptive LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 8-inch driver information display, around view monitor and 8-way power driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar support. Interestingly, Maxus makes it in a variety of seating layouts: 1+2, 1+2, 2+2, 2+3, 1+2+2, 2+2+2, 2+2+3, 2+3+2 and 2+3+3. In India, MG may offer the rebadged version in only the 2+3+2 layout, and maybe even the 2+3+3 layout.
The Maxus D90 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 165 kW (224.34 PS) and 360 Nm of torque. 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic are the transmission choices. A 4WD system is optional. A diesel engine is in the works, and it should be offered in our market.
The MG-badged Maxus D90 will likely be assembled out of knocked-down kits imported from China. Expect it to be priced at least around INR 30 lakh (ex-showroom).
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