Back in August 2020, Maxus launched its Innova fighter called the G50. Featuring a stylish exterior that's complemented by a sleek and high-tech interior, the G50 seats 8 people and is relatively more affordable than its closest rival.
At the time of its launch, Maxus only had a total of 3 variants; Premium, Elite, and Pro. All are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pricing for the G50 now ranges from PHP 1.179 million to 1.338 million, which is quite a significant jump from when it was first revealed.
Seeing this conundrum, Maxus Philippines recently released an entry-level version of their MPV. It's called the G50 Comfort, and it has some neat tricks up its sleeve.
Despite serving as the most affordable version of the G50, it looks the same as other variants. From the signature front grille, chrome accents, and LED daytime running lights, the Comfort version still comes with the stylish finish as the rest of the lineup. However, it doesn't come with 17-inch alloy wheels like the Elite and Premium. Instead, the Comfort comes with 16-inch wheels which is similar to the ones on the Pro model.
Inside, it doesn't come with leather seats as it's only available with fabric upholstery. However, it still seats 8 people in total. Plus, the third-row seats can still be split-folded for a more flexible cargo layout. It also gets a simpler multi-info display that shows the trip meter, average fuel consumption, average speed, and other relative information.
There's no touchscreen infotainment system inside the G50 Comfort, but it does have a 2-DIN sound system. It supports AM/FM radio and USB connectivity. Despite having fewer features, Maxus made sure that it has rear charging ports for the second row. Other available amenities inside the G50 Comfort include 4 speakers, manual air conditioning with rear aircon vents, and ISOFIX anchors for child seats.
The Comfort is only available with a smaller 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder mill. Despite having one less cylinder and a smaller displacement, the engine actually makes an impressive 163 PS at 5500 rpm along with 230 Nm of torque at 1800 – 4400 rpm. Compared to the 1.5-liter turbo, the smaller motor is only short 6 PS and 20 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
When it comes to safety, the G50 Comfort comes with the following; dual front airbags, an electronic stability program, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, hill-hold control (aka hill-start assist), rear parking sensors, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
With a price tag of PHP 948,000, the G50 Comfort is perhaps one of the most affordable MPVs in its segment. The only question now is, could this help attract more buyers looking at an affordable yet practical 8-seater MPV?