MG Thailand will be giving the MG GS its public debut at the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show, which officially kicks off tomorrow with the press day. The SUV, which first broke cover in Shanghai last April, will go on sale in the Thai market in two variant forms, the 2WD TD and the all-wheel drive TX.
In Thailand, MG is pitching the GS against two very established names, the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Both GS models are powered by a 2.0 litre 4E turbocharged GDI petrol engine offering 218 PS at 5,300 rom and 350 Nm from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm, and the mill is paired with a six-speed Sportronic dual-clutch transmission.
The production GS measures in at 4,500 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,675 mm in height, identical dimensions to the GTS version that was initially revealed for the Chinese-market back in December 2014. In China, the SUV is also available with a 1.5 litre engine that produces 165 hp and 250 Nm.
Standard kit includes LED tail lamps, cruise control, automatic air conditioning with rear air vents, keyless entry with push-start ignition, six-way power-adjustable driver seat and 18-inch alloys wrapped with 235/50 series tyres. The GS also features an eight-speaker entertainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation and 16GB of built-in memory storage.
As you’d expect, the TX AWD adds on extra bits over the TD – the higher-spec model gets HID headlamps (halogens on the TD), paddle shifters and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and also features roof rails and an electric sunroof.
As for safety equipment, the GS comes with front and side airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control as well as traction control. It’s also equipped with Isofix mounts and a hill-start assist system. Price-wise, the Bangkok Post reports that the TD 2WD will go for 1.21 million baht (RM141,000) and the TX 4WD for 1.31 million baht (RM152,450).