Pickups completely rule the highway in America, however vehicles are well-liked elsewhere, too. This one would possibly come as one thing of a shock, nevertheless, as a result of it’s sporting an MG badge. Do you know MG made a pickup truck? The corporate does now – sort-of anyway – and it’s solely out there in Thailand. Allow us to clarify.
The British model greatest identified for tiny runabouts is at the moment a part of the Chinese language conglomerate SAIC Motor. Among the many varied manufacturers beneath the SAIC umbrella is Maxus, which builds a truck referred to as the T70 for China in addition to different markets, together with Australia. For causes we confess to not understanding, that truck was badge-engineered into the MG Extender – the automobile featured right here – and launched particularly in Thailand. MG already has one thing of a repute in that neck of the woods, and in line with Automotive Information Europe, pickups account for roughly half of all automobile gross sales within the nation. So yeah, say hi there to MG’s first truck.
So far as seems go, it’s not too shabby. The Extender boasts a macho entrance clip with a physique out there in both an prolonged cab or crew cab format. Below the hood is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine making 161 horsepower (120 kilowatts) and 277 pound-feet (375 Newton-meters) of torque. Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive fashions can be found, and patrons can select between a pair of six-speed gearboxes for guide or computerized shifting. Inside, the Extender will get a 10-inch touchscreen on all however the very fundamental mannequin, with leather-based trim out there on higher-end choices.
Whether or not the MG-branded mannequin will lengthen to markets exterior of Thailand stays to be seen. The truck is constructed at MG’s plant in Thailand and joins different MG choices within the nation, however given the model’s European roots, it is likely to be neat to see the pickup in different areas. If it have been to ever cross the pond, the Extender’s beginning worth of 549,000 THB interprets to roughly $17,900 – a tempting determine certainly for a modest mid-size 2WD pickup.
Supply: MGcars.com, Automotive Information Europe by way of Jalopnik