The pickup truck segment in the country is taking it up a notch with the new updates on the contenders such as the new Nissan Navara, refreshed Isuzu D-Max, and new Ford Ranger and Ranger FX4 Max. With that in mind, should other car brands try to further expand their brand network in the local pickup segment?
British-bred car brand MG has the potential to compete with the new and improved releases in the local pickup truck segment with the 2021 MG Extender. The MG Extender is a rebadged Maxus T90 that was recently revealed in Thailand. It comes with aggressive exterior styling and premium-looking interior features.
2021 MG Extender
Upfront, the MG Extender is designed with a huge chrome grille complemented with sleek LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and a large MG badge embedded in the middle. The headlights are placed below the DRLs which gives similar design cues to the Mitsubishi Strada pickup truck.
The exterior is designed with bold character lines that run across the sides of the MG Extender which create a less bland appearance. Adding to the overall aggressive look of the MG Extender are the redesigned taillights connected by black large trim and two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.
Interior view of the 2021 MG Extender
As for the interior, the MG Extender is upholstered with a combination of black and brown leather, providing a premium look. A 10-inch infotainment screen is tightly integrated into the center console which supports Apple CarPlay connectivity for entertainment on the road.
The 2021 MG Extender in Thailand is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine capable of generating 159 hp and 375 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The driving experience is enhanced with installed safety features such as six airbags, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control, blind-spot warning, and a 360-degree around-view camera.
How well would the MG Extender perform in the local market?
At first glance, one can expect that the MG Extender can compete at a high level against the proven pickup trucks in the local market currently topped by the Toyota Hilux. MG Philippines hasn’t said any word regarding the matter. But since the MG Extender is now revealed in Thailand, there is a good chance that it will be introduced in the country as well.
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