We are already in November, and while there might be no real respite from Covid-19, the auto industry is slowly emerging from the ruble it was in. Over the past couple of months, there has been an inundation of new cars being launched in India. One of the most hotly anticipated was the MG Gloster, which was finally launched in early October. And guess what? All the Gloster units that were allotted for India for 2020 have already been sold to customers. MG Motor India’s Managing Director, Mr. Rajeev Chaba, revealed that the all-new Gloster had accumulated 2,000 bookings in a matter of just 3 weeks. Such achievements further prove how successful SUVs have become even at a time when global economies aren’t exactly thriving.
Upon introduction, the MG Gloster had a sticker price ranging between Rs 28.98 lakh to Rs 35.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). If you are keen on buying the Gloster, you can still walk into an MG dealership and place your order. However, keep in mind that your brand-new SUV will only be delivered sometime early next year. The Gloster is available in four different variants, ranging from the entry-level Super to the top-end Savvy – with seating for either 6 or 7 occupants. Its closest competitors in the segment include the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, and Mahindra Alturas G4.
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These large SUVs are all about their presence, so people must take notice of your arrival. It is only fair they do. On that front, the MG Gloster’s exterior dimensions pay dividends – it stretches 4,985mm in length – making it longer than all its rivals. It is also 1,926mm wide, 1,867mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,950mm.
Alongside its vast proportions, the MG Gloster gets a large octagonal & chrome-laden front grille, automatic LED headlamps with ‘eyebrow’ LED running lights, a lower-lip guard, 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, fixed side steps, LED tail lamps, and double-barrel rear exhaust pipes. There is also oodles of chrome used on the exterior, while ‘Gloster’ is written in large font on the tailgate. Moreover, the door mirrors project MG’s brand logo straight onto the ground. You know, just in case you forgot what brand of car you are driving. Your very own BatSignal, MGSignal if you will.
In other news, the interior of the new Gloster looks and feels pretty premium. MG has used good-quality materials on many of the most frequented surfaces to further this cabin’s appeal. However, some of the design ‘inspiration’ and layout seem to be almost directly borrowed from some well-established luxury marques. The semi-digital instrument cluster utilizes an anti-clockwise arrangement to show the engine revs (like Aston Martin and BMW cars). At the same time, the massive 12.3-inch tablet-like touchscreen on the dashboard is similar to what you will see in some BMWs as well.
On the other hand, the peculiar design of the shift-by-wire gear lever in the Gloster can also be seen in some Audi models. For the most part, the leather’s quilted design combined with a spacious cabin and a large panoramic glass roof works in this MG’s favor.
The Gloster’s build quality is good, too. Of course, it cannot hold a candle to any of the Germans, but it isn’t bad in isolation. It also comes loaded to the hilt with features and useful gizmos. For example, top variants get power-operated front seats with built-in heating and ventilation with a massaging function, a hands-free tailgate, and wireless phone charging.
Other tech includes Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, a 12-speaker audio system, 64-color LED mood lighting, paddle shifters, cruise control, three-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 360-degree surround-view cameras, and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold. In fact, the features list of the MG Gloster is so extensive that it is nigh-on impossible to name them all here.
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Furthermore, MG has crammed the new Gloster with bucket loads of safety hardware and software. It gets 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control System (TCS) & Roll Movement Intervention (RMI), Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Electro-mechanical Differential Lock (EDL), and all-round parking sensors. Top variants also come with MG’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). This adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and a Driver Fatigue Reminder System.
The most powerful variants of the MG Gloster sport a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. It produces 215hp at 4,000 rpm and up to 480Nm of peak torque between 1,500-2,400 rpm. Using an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, the motor drives all four wheels through an on-demand all-wheel-drive system that also sports MG’s Terrain Selection function. All Glosters, regardless of the powertrain, come equipped with fully-independent front suspension and a multi-link rear setup.
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