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MG MO­TOR In­dia an­nounced that its first ve­hi­cle of the In­dian mar­ket is to be launched in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019, ahead of the ear­lier sched­uled date. To re­it­er­ate, MG (Mor­ris Garages) was founded in the UK in 1924 and re­mained a sought af­ter brand through the lat­ter half of the cen­tury for its af­ford­able sportscars. The brand and its busi­nesses was pur­chased by China’s largest au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­turer, SAIC, in 2007.

The first model for its In­dia of­fen­sive will likely be the MG ZS, its com­pact SUV. This SUV was first shown in 2016 and was sub­se­quently launched in its home mar­ket of China last year. The ZS has a wheel­base of 2,585mm, which com­par­a­tively, al­most matches that of the Hyundai Creta. Mean­while, its over­all length of 4,314mm puts it be­tween the Creta and the Jeep Com­pass. In in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, the ZS is of­fered with a choice of two petrol en­gines - a four cylin­der 1.5-litre petrol pro­duc­ing 106bhp and 141Nm torque, or an en­gine co- de­vel­oped by SAIC and GM. This newly de­vel­oped en­gine is a three cylin­der with 1-litre ca­pac­ity, with 111bhp and 160Nm out­puts. Both en­gines are of­fered with ei­ther a six speed man­ual or six speed DCT au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. MG Mo­tors does of­fer a 1.9-litre diesel in an­other model in­ter­na­tion­ally but it is un­clear whether the diesel op­tion for In­dia will be that pow­er­plant, or some­thing else.

Go­ing for­ward, the com­pany plans to in­tro­duce one new prod­uct to the In­dian mar­ket every year. Led by strong R&D ef­forts of its par­ent com­pany SAIC, MG Mo­tor In­dia is also ac­tively con­sid­er­ing of­fer­ing new en­ergy vehicles. MG In­dia has taken over the man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties of GM when that com­pany ex­ited In­dia. The Halol plant is be­ing up­graded, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of a new press shop and the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of as­sem­bly lines and other fa­cil­i­ties. MG Mo­tor In­dia has also ini­ti­ated talks with var­i­ous sup­pli­ers to achieve high lev­els of lo­cal­i­sa­tion. The com­pany is look­ing at dealer part­ners.

P Bal­en­dran, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, MG Mo­tor In­dia and Ra­jeev Chaba, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, MG Mo­tor In­dia at the com­pany’s first ever press con­fer­ence in the coun­try

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