In theory, these two SUVs are rivals but there is one unequivocal winner when it comes to popularity.
As per the latest sales data, the Toyota Fortuner is a whopping 1000% more popular than the MG Gloster. On paper, both these SUVs compete in the same segment. However, the difference in the appeal and demand is quite astounding. On one hand, the Fortuner has been the most successful product in the 7-seat off-roading category in the country for years now. In fact, the only worthy rival was the Ford Endeavour. Unfortunately, Ford no longer manufactures cars in India. On the other hand, the Gloster is a luxury SUV which also comes with AWD configuration and powerful engines. But it might not be as rugged as the Fortuner.
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Toyota Fortuner vs MG Gloster – Sales Comparison
As per the official sales data for August 2023, MG managed to sell just 240 units of its premium Gloster SUV. In this same month, Toyota sold a whopping 2,825 units of the Fortuner. This marks an over 1000% difference in the sales of the two SUVs. It is hard to believe that these two SUVs belong to the same segment. Moreover, this is a testament to the popularity and success of the Fortuner in our market. It is true that the only Endeavour was the SUV which went toe-to-toe with the Fortuner during its time in India. Now it is no longer there and the Fortuner is the undisputed champion in this category.
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The Toyota Fortuner provides a compelling choice between two formidable engine options: a 2.7-litre petrol engine and a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. These engines deliver impressive power and torque figures, with the petrol engine generating 164 hp and 245 Nm. On the other hand, the turbo-diesel engine offers a robust 201 hp and 420 Nm of peak power and torque (or 500 Nm when paired with an automatic transmission). For the diesel variants, you can choose between a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission, both of which come with standard all-wheel drive capability. The SUV is also equipped with a dedicated 4×4 system, ensuring its ability to tackle a wide range of terrains. Pricing for the Fortuner starts at Rs 32.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 50.74 lakh, ex-showroom.
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The MG Gloster offers a 2.0-litre diesel engine with two available configurations: a single turbo and a twin-turbo. The single-turbo diesel engine delivers a strong performance, boasting 163 PS and 375 Nm, while the twin-turbo unit stands out with its potent 218 PS and 480 Nm of maximum power and torque. Both engines are paired with a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. However, it’s important to note that the 4×4 drivetrain option is exclusively available in the top-tier trim. Also, there are Level 2 ADAS features to enhance the active safety of the SUV. The MG Gloster’s ex-showroom prices span from Rs 38.80 lakh to Rs 43.87 lakh.