MG isn't exactly the first brand that comes to mind when it comes to pickups, but their first-ever hauler is actually worth a look. It's called the Extender, and it wants to pick a fight with the class stalwarts, namely the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max, just to name a few of its well-established rivals.

The Extender wades into battle with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. It makes 161 PS and 375 Nm of torque. Those figures put right on par with some of its competitors when put up against their base engines. The same engine powers both 4x2 and 4x4 versions. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with the latter being standard for the four-wheel drive model. It even comes with a dedicated economy mode and power mode.

MG Extender wants to pick a fight with Hilux, D-Max image

As for its design, the Extender is essentially a badge-engineered version of the Maxus T60, but there are enough changes to make it slightly more distinct. There's the bolder looking grill with a honeycomb pattern, as well as a lower air intake with the same design. It also has a unique set of alloy wheels with a split spoke design instead of the Maxus' six-spoke look. Further beefing up its appearance is its fender flares, giving it a wider stance.

Inside, higher-spec variants get a 10-inch infotainment display housed in the wide center stack. Adding a touch of class is a leather-stitched dashboard fascia. As for the rear, the back rests can be folded for additional luggage capacity. As for the subject of safety, the Extender comes with six airbags, stability control, 360-degree view cameras, and even lane-keeping assist.

Should MG Philippines bring it in to the Philippines, it would be an interesting addition to the local lineup. At the moment, there are three models offered in the country, namely the MG6 Fastback (liftback), ZS crossover, and RX5 crossover. A pickup should stir things up if the local distributor will introduce it here.