MG-badged Baojun 530 continues testing in India

07/09/2018 - 14:33 | ,  ,   | Administrator

Chinese auto conglomerate SAIC will enter the Indian market next year with an MG SUV. MotorOctane reader Ankur Patel has shared spy shots of this model’s test mule spotted on the Vadodara-Halol highway in Gujarat.

Mg Badged Baojun 530 Rear Three Quarters Spy Shot
The Baojun 530 is bigger than the Mahindra XUV500, but it's a strict five-seater.

The MG SUV SAIC is readying for India is a modified version of the 530 SUV from its low-cost brand Baojun. Reports say that the company will re-engineer it in no small degree and rework on its design before pasting the MG badge on it. Body changes will include a new grille and different bumpers to give it the look of the British brand.

The MG-badged Baojun 530 will measure around 4.7 metres in length, 1.8 metres in width and 1.8 metres in height. It will have a 2,750 mm wheelbase. While the original model comes with 1.8-litre naturally aspirated, and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine options, FCA’s 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbocharged diesel engine is expected under the hood of the version SAIC offers here. Tata Motors will also source this engine for its Harrier (H5X) and H7X.

Mg Badged Baojun 530 Rear Three Quarters Right Sid
SAIC will re-engineer the Baojun 530 extensively and rework on its design before putting the MG badge on it.

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Class-wise, SAIC’s first model in India will rival models like the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. However, with prices likely to start well below the INR 20 lakh mark, we expect some competition from the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Tusker (production Kia SP Concept) too. The company will launch it in the second quarter of 2019 and plans to introduce a new model every year.

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