[16th MIAS - What to expect] MG to launch the all-new RX8 SUV at MIAS 2020

Feb 22, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
The MG RX-8 2020 is going to be released here in the Philippines at the 2020 MIAS. Read this preview of MG's biggest model while waiting!

MG to launch the RX-8 at the 2020 MIAS

After making a HUGE splash at MIAS 2019, MG Philippines is doing quite well, under The Covenant Car Company Inc.

The MG ZS is probably one of the best value-for-money models in the crossover market segment right now. Even the MG6, which we reviewed earlier this month, appears to be receiving positive reviews from many automotive sites.

This is one of our pre-event articles called 16th MIAS - What to expect. As the official media partner of this year's MIAS, Philkotse.com will be updating car enthusiasts with exclusive news on the latest car launches and other event highlights. Make sure to follow us on our Facebook page Philkotse.com, our Youtube channel Philkotse or on our Philkotse.com website for more exclusive feature stories!

A picture of the MG RX-8

The RX-8 has been launched in the Middle East 

And with MIAS 2020 just around the corner, several car manufacturers are beginning to reveal, or at least hint at, the models they'll be launching at the event.

MG has confirmed that they will be launching the all-new RX8. No, it’s not a Dorito-powered sports car, but a midsize SUV. Let’s take a closer look at this exciting new model.

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The MG RX8: The biggest and fanciest MG yet!

While there’s the MG RX5 crossover offered locally, the RX8 is on a whole new level. For starters, it's a seven-seater SUV measuring 4,923 mm long, 1,930 mm wide, and 1,840 high.

It has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm and a ground clearance of 202 mm. The height also plays a part in the the RX8's advertised wading depth of 800 mm.

Under the hood, the RX8 is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged, inline-4 gasoline engine capable of 221 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. Beefy. Another thing is that the RX8 is no unibody crossover, instead riding on a ladder frame chassis that makes it considerably more capable in offroad driving scenarios.  

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A picture of the MG RX-8's roof.

Look at that HUGE sunroof

Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive electronic transfer case. Aisin also produces gearboxes for Toyota, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and MINI, owing to its reputation of building solid transmissions.

Even when it comes to amenities, the RX8 is definitely no pushover. Among the features it offers are dual-zone climate control, electronic parking brakes, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, leather seats (on the top-spec variant), a 10-inch touchscreen head unit with Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity, along with keyless entry and push start button.

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A picture of a blue MG RX-8 with a city for the background

On the outside, the RX-8 looks like a larger version of the Tiguan. Sleek yet macho. 

The RX8 also has occupant safety in mind, offering a tire pressure monitoring system, with the top-of-the-line trim sporting a rear locking differential, lane departure warning system and cruise control, as well as a full complement of front, side, and curtain airbags.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.