Maxus Philippines has officially announced that by the third quarter of this year, the Sino-British automaker will add the G50 compact MPV to its roster of renowned light commercial vehicles, which includes the G10 MPV, V80 van and T60 pickup.
With Maxus squarely aiming for the compact MPV market that’s dominated by the body-on-frame Toyota Innova, the Maxus G50 stands out with its traditional minivan configuration and car-like monocoque body. Dimensionally, the Innova measures 4,735 mm long, 1,830 mm wide, and 1,795 mm tall. The Maxus G50 is noticeably longer at 4,825 mm, which should make it a better option if the third row will be regularly utilized. Elsewhere, the G50 is slightly narrower by 5 mm and slightly lower by 17 mm due to its monocoque construction.
The low step-in height and sliding doors provide ease of access, while the G50’s striking exterior is sure to stand out with its large grille and well-proportioned body. In China, the G50 is equipped with exterior features such as LED headlights, sleek LED taillights, along with a nice set of two-tone alloy wheels. Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of the G50 is its color choices. Maxus Philippines will be offering the G50 in eye-catching colors such as this Roland Purple you see here.
Unlike most of Maxus’ current product portfolio, which has a utilitarian interior design, the G50’s is more car-like and modern. At least in China, the Maxus G50 is equipped with a digital instrument cluster, 8-inch touch screen infotainment display, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, picnic tables, rear USB charging ports, and second-row captain’s chairs.
We do not know yet what engine will Maxus Philippines offer. In China, the Maxus G50 is offered with two small-displacement turbocharged gasoline engines. The base 1.3-liter turbo produces 163 hp and 230 Nm while the bigger 1.5-liter turbo produces 169 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ayala-backed Maxus Philippines is showing no signs of stopping this year as it prepares to launch more new cars and increase its presence in the Philippines.