When Maxus Philippines introduced the G50 last year, we had high hopes for the colorful MPV. It certainly didn’t let us down either after doing a full review. Still, there’s always room for improvement, and the G50 MPV is no exception. Over in China, Maxus has introduced a more premium version of the MPV called the G50 Plus.
The G50 Plus is essentially a more upmarket version of the G50 you see in showrooms. From afar, it would be hard to tell G50 and the G50 Plus apart. Up close, however, you’ll notice that the Plus model does have a few design changes.
One of the most obvious is the new bumper with a large center intake. By large, we mean it literally. The piece comprises nearly the entire width of the bumper contrasted by chrome strips. Meanwhile, the grille and headlights are carried over from the standard G50. Along the side, it’s the same as the G50 with different wheels. The rear gets a new bumper with more chrome trim all around.
The interior of the G50 Plus is similar to the standard G50. However, Maxus has upgraded the materials used, giving it a more premium feel. A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system equipped with a host of connective functions sits front and center. Gone is the analog instrument cluster and in its place is a 12.3-inch digital unit. Depending on the variant, wireless charging and ventilated seats are standard.
There are some changes in the second row. Rather than a bench seat, the G50 Plus comes with captain’s chairs. There’s also a small table behind the first row seats. To boost the premium feel, they’re now lined in leather to match the upgraded cabin.
Under the hood, the G50 Plus uses the same engine as the G50 – a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4. Output remains the same at 169 PS and 250 Nm torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox then sends power to the front wheels.
With the G50 already here, do you think Maxus Philippines should bring in the more premium G50 Plus as well? It would be nice to have more premium MPVs in the market.