We’ve previously reported that Chinese carmaker Maxus is Maxus is bringing its G50 compact multipurpose vehicle (MPV) into the Philippine market, as the latest addition to its range of light commercial vehicles. The G50 is a sizeable model, and as with all upcoming vehicles, one of the first questions to ask is what will be powering it under the hood.
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In its home market of China, the G50 is offered in a choice of either a 1.3L or 1.5L turbocharged gasoline engines. Maxus Philippines has confirmed that the Philippine-spec G50 will be equipped with the latter, which kicks up 166 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The engine delivers power to the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Details about the upcoming G50 are scant as of this writing, but we do know that the vehicle is 4,825 mm long, 1,825 mm wide, and 1,778 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm. This makes the G50 effectively bigger than its potential segment rivals the Mitsubishi Xpander, Honda Mobilio, and Suzuki Ertiga while being just slightly longer than the Toyota Innova. The G50 rides on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
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The three-row seating configuration will be retained, although the Chinese market version features captain’s chairs on the second row. As the G50 is being promoted as an 8-seater MPV here, the Philippine version will likely adopt bench-type seating behind the front thrones.
A panoramic sunroof spanning the first- and second-row seats is also likely, as well as a 12.3-inch floating-type touchscreen head unit that handles communications, infotainment, and navigation. Electric power steering should make the G50’s mass easier to thread through daily traffic.
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The China-spec G50 carries a lot of kit for its price point
In China, the G50 is offered with a suite of driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and a 360-degree surround camera array. These are accompanied by a full complement of front, side, and curtain airbags. Hopefully, these features make it intact to the Philippine version as well.
No pricing information has been made available just yet, but the G50’s retail price in China ranges between RMB 86,800 and 167,000 (Php 613,000 – Php 1.18 million). Are you looking forward to the Maxus G50 popping up in our local showrooms?
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Joseph Paolo Estabillo