MG, aka Morris Garages, the legendary British automaker, founded by William Morris in Oxford in 1924, just introduced by MG Extender, the world’s first rear-wheel drive mid-size pickup. Although the new truck will be sold only in Thailand, he attracted the attention of automotive enthusiasts.
Despite the fact that the MG is currently owned by SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, a Chinese state-owned automobile and production company based in Shanghai, the brand is still synonymous with classic British roadsters. In fact, in Extender is clearly discernible European roots.
Available in both four-door cab (Double Cab) and two-door compact body Grand Cab, MG Extender is equipped with 2-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that provides power of 163 HP and a torque of 375 Nm. Buyers can choose a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and while the standard models have rear-wheel drive, high-performance variants equipped with all-wheel drive.
The richest version of the Extender will boast six airbags, climate control, infotainment system with a 10.0-inch touch screen, leather interior, led headlights, rearview camera and assistant descent from the mountain, monitoring of blind spots and lane.
MG Extender was modeled after the pickup SAIC Maxus T70, which is sold exclusively in China. Meanwhile, Thailand, which is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia remains a growing market of pickup sales. Overall, in the first half of this year were sold 523 770 cars and pickups had 225 508 units, accounting for 43% of the total.
MG Extender will cost $ 26,000 US for the Grand Cab and 35 900 USD for the Double Cab. A pickup designed to compete with the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton / L200, Nissan NP300 Navara and Toyota Hilux.
Worldwide pickups, including mini, medium, full-size and heavy-duty trucks, accounted for 4.8% of the market revenue in 2018, which is 7.3% more compared to the market share in 2013. A leading brand in the segment of pickups in 2018 – Ford, with revenues of 22.1 billion dollars, and then Chevrolet with 16.6 billion dollars and Ram with 15.9 billion dollars.