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Can MG topple the Toyota HiLux? Chinese brand launches Extender dual-cab ute

The MG Extender has been launched in Thailand

MG has launched an audacious bid to topple the Toyota HiLux, launching the Ford Ranger-sized Extender ute in Thailand.

MG - owned by China's SAIC Motor - is attempting to shake-up Thailand's ute market, where 75 per cent of total sales are soaked up by Toyota, Isuzu and Mitsubishi. Its solution is this; the Extender, which is based (heavily) on the LDV T60.

"We position the MG Extender as a pick-up truck developed to suit customers who are looking for a vehicle for both business and daily life," MG's Pongsak Lertruedeewattanavong told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Offered in extended or dual-cab guise, the Extender is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine good for around 120kW and 375Nm, which is channeled through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic and sent to the rear or all four wheels.

Thailand is the only confirmed market to date, where the Extender will start from around $26,000.