A challenger to the Hyundai Grand Starex is set to come about soon, in the form of the Maxus G10 – word is that Weststar will begin selling the large MPV in a few months time; at present, a launch date hasn’t been firmed up yet, because the vehicle is still pending JPJ homologation.

As such, pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but the G10 is expected to retail around the RM120k mark, making it very much a cheaper alternative to the Grand Starex Royale.

What we do know about the vehicle – which was introduced in China last year – is that it will be launched as a ‘passenger car’ as opposed to a commercial offering, and that only one version will be available, a “luxury” variant riding on 16-inch alloys wrapped with 215/65 profile tyres.

The MPV features two sliding rear doors and can seat up to 11 (the example in the photos has a 10-seat configuration) – rather uniquely, Weststar says that one of the ‘selling points’ of the G10 will be the fact that you can specify how many seats you want, with a minimum configuration of five seats as a baseline. As such, pre-ordering is required, we’re told.

The G10 measures in at 5,168 mm long, 1,980 mm wide and 1,928 mm tall, and has a 3,210 mm-long wheelbase. It’s powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged GDI engine with 225 hp and 345 Nm for output numbers. Mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission with manual mode, the mill is able to get the G10 all the way up to a 190 km/h top whack.

Standard kit listed for the Malaysian-spec G10 includes dual-zone auto climate control, rear air-conditioning, passive entry/keyless ignition, cruise control, HID Xenon headlights, LED tail lamps, a moon roof and a DVD player with a seven-inch display as well as a six-speaker audio system.

The people mover also comes equipped with leather seats, parking sensors, front/rear fog lamps and a reverse camera, and safety kit includes two airbags and ABS with EBD.

It’s not listed in the equipment part of the spec-sheet, but ESP and brake assist will be available, as clearly seen in a photo of the AC control switchgear. There’s a button denoting the presence of it, and the highest-spec Executive Luxury version sold in China comes equipped with ESC, BA and traction control, so this should well be the case here.