Chinese brand MG has called out vehicles from Toyota and Jeep, promising its new Gloster SUV will have the "capability, strength and size to compete with models such as the LandCruiser Prado and Jeep Grand Cherokee".
The comments, from the managing director of MG Motors India, Rajeev Chaba, come as the order books for the Gloster - based on the LDV D90 - open in that country, giving us access to the full specification detail for the ladder-frame large SUV.
“As far as we see it, we feel that the Gloster will have he capability, strength and size to compete with models such as the LandCruiser Prado and Jeep Grand Cherokee," Chaba said.
The Chinese-designed Prado rival will be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel that produces 120kW and 375Nm, or a more powerful twin-turbo-diesel good for 162kW and 480Nm.
And that's rather a lot - like the LDV D90, it will be enough to out-punch vehicles like the Toyota Fortuner, the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, and the five-cylinder Ford Everest.
We now know that engine will link with a eight-speed automatic transmission, which, in twin-turbo guise, will send its grunt to the all four tyres with the help of a Terrain Selection switch.
Also equipped with a BorgWarner transfer case and on-demand 4WD, the Terrain Select function serves up seven drive modes, with Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock modes, as well as Eco, Sport and Auto settings. Furthering the off-road cred is a electro-mechanical differential lock that can send 100 per cent of torque to the wheel with traction.
The Gloster is 4985mm in length, 1926mm in width and 1867mm in height, and rides on a 2950mm wheelbase, delivering enough in-cabin space to house a choice for six or seven seats, with the former serving up two swivelling ‘captain’s chairs’ in the second row. Inside, you'll also find a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof, a digital driver display and a premium-feeling interior.
It also promises a ton of safety kit, including adaptive cruise, a parking assist system, forward collision warning with AEB, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning.
The price? The Gloster is expected to start from around $75k in India, with a local debut yet to be confirmed. So should Toyota be looking over its shoulder?