It looks like MG Motor India is prepping to launch a facelift of the Gloster. The flagship SUV from the Chinese-backed carmaker made its local debut back in 2020. While it has found some buyers, it continues to be dominated by the Toyota Fortuner on the monthly sales charts. In fact, earlier this year, the sales data showed how the Fortuner is a whopping 1000% more popular than the Gloster. This, even when the latter offers many more features and even looks half-a-shoe-size bigger. Now, though, it looks like a mid-life facelift trying to enhance the appeal of the slow-seller is on the anvil.
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While the test mules have been undergoing road tests with a heavy camouflage, there are good chances of the upcoming facelift looking like the 2023 Maxus D90. This will be in accordance with how the current Gloster looks almost exactly like the pre-facelift D90. It’s noteworthy that the India-spec MG Gloster is essentially the same as the pre-facelift Maxus D90, albeit, with different badges and minor cosmetic variations.
Akin to the donor model, the MG Gloster will receive a new front-end styling pack as a part of the facelift. The current grille will give way to a rectangular unit holding vertical DRLs. The bumper will e new and so will be the headlights. In the profile, the three-row SUV will receive new alloy wheels and a new trim for the front fender. The rear-end will likely feature new taillamps, dual exhaust tires and a roof spoiler.
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MG Gloster Facelift Specs and Launch Details
On the mechanical front, the MG Gloster facelift will feature the same powertrain. However, minor tweaks could enhance the performance. Currently, there are two engine options on offer – a 2.0-litre turbo diesel and a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. The only transmission on offer is an eight-speed automatic unit. The prices range from Rs 38.80 lakh to Rs 43.87 lakh, ex-showroom.
|2.0L Turbo & 2.0L Twin Turbo Diesel
|163 PS & 218 PS
|375 Nm & 480 Nm
|4×2 & 4×4
Details of the equipment list aren’t available as of now. However, trust MG Motor India to load the vehicle with segment-firsts. In fact, even today, the Gloster is the only SUV in its class to offer ADAS. Expect similar novelties in the new version. The new model will likely launch in H1, 2024. Like the current model, the facelift will lock horns with the Toyota Fortuner, Jeep Meridian and Skoda Kodiaq.
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