Back in the day, MG was a brand better known for building small, sporting roadsters. They then moved on building rebadged versions of Rover cars. Rescued by Nanjing Automobile Group in the mid-90's, MG vehicles have mainly consisted of cars and crossovers.
Which is why their next launch will baffle those familiar with the brand. This year, MG will be launching their very first pick-up. Yes, you read that right: A brand best known for making roadsters has made a pickup for the first time in their 90-year history.
It's called the Extender, and it's up against the well-established likes of the Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Strada, and Toyota Hilux. It will be fully unveiled in Thailand by the end of the month. So what does the MG Extender have to offer?
First of all, the Extender isn't purely an MG. In fact, it's a rebadged version of the Maxus T60 which debuted two years ago. But the spec sheet of the Maxus does show promise. For starters, there are two engine options. First is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel making 163 PS and 375 Nm of torque. The second is rather interesting as it is a twin-turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine. With its extra turbo, the more powerful T60 produces 218 PS and 480 Nm of torque. That's Ranger Raptor territory. Rear-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain with four-wheel drive available for both.
From what we can tell from the photos, the tail lights of the MG and the Maxus are the same. The same applies to the rear bumper as well. From what we can see, the only difference is the tailgate, which is flat in the MG while the Maxus has its name stamped on the sheetmetal. We're expecting the MG to have its corporate grill up at the front, and not much else. The one on the Maxus has vertical slats.
As it will be launched in Thailand soon, does this mean we'll be having the Extender as well? With Maxus in the market, we might get the T60 instead. With a promising spec sheet, Maxus' pickup might actually have a solid chance here.