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MG Motor’s First SUV Will Run On Jeep’s Engine

MG Motor’s First SUV Will Run On Jeep’s Engine

Snapshot: MG Motor’s first SUV in India will get Jeep Compass’ 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine.

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MG Motors is gearing up to launch its first car in 2019 and it could be the ZS or GS. While the brand is yet to confirm the model name, but its first SUV in the country market will come powered by the same 2.0-litre Multijet II turbocharged diesel engine. This same motor also works under the hood of the Jeep Compass SUV as well.

The 2.0-litre Multijet II turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine churns out 171 bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque in the Jeep Compass. This engine is built at the Pune facility of FCA, while MG Motor’s first SUV will be produced at the Halol factory of SAIC. Thanks to the local production of the car and the powertrain we can expect an aggressive pricing for the upcoming SUV.

Apart from the 2.0-litre diesel motor, there will be a 1.5-litre or a 1.8-litre petrol engine for the MG SUV. This petrol engine will be built by the company itself. Meanwhile, the SAIC-owned car brand has announced a Rs. 5,000 crore of investment for its India operations. Apart from the conventional IC engine powered models, MG is also mulling the plan to launch fully electric powered cars here keeping an eye on the zero-emission mobility strategy of the Indian government.

The automaker claims that it already has different environment-friendly powertrain technologies like hybrid, pure-electric and fuel-cell in its stable. But the brand will move forward depending on government strategy and the much-needed infrastructure for those powertrain technologies. Meanwhile, the company has already spent Rs. 2,000 crore to upgrade the Halol plant in Gujarat that SAIC has purchased from General Motors. Rest of the Rs. 3,000 crores will be invested over next five years.

Source: TOI

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