Maxus Philippines, the Ayala-backed Sino-British automaker that specializes in the light commercial vehicle segment, officially launches the 2021 Maxus G50. It’s a three-row MPV that aims to deliver a stylish design and car-like refinement that’s unheard of at its price point. For perspective, its key rival would be the body-on-frame Toyota Innova, yet it is priced alongside the smaller Toyota Rush.
For starters, the Maxus G50 has a very sleek design. The large grille and sweptback headlights with LED daytime running lights give the MPV a sporty look. Contributing to its sporty look are the blacked-out pillars, giving this MPV a distinctive appearance. Personally, we do think the Maxus G50 certainly stands out from its typically slab-sided and bulkier rivals. At the back, the sporty theme continues with its cool sleek taillights and sculpted rear fascia. Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of the G50 is its color choices, especially Roland Purple. The entry-level Pro variant gets 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Elite gets a chrome grille, rear spoiler, and roof rails. Getting the top trim Premium variant adds LED headlights, LED taillights, and power-folding mirrors.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the Maxus G50 offers a sporty and very modern look. This is due to the cockpit’s wrap-around design. Material quality is also top-notch as it certainly looks less utilitarian than its rivals. All variants get passive entry with push-button start, electronic parking brake with auto hold, cruise control, and a multi-function steering wheel. An 8-inch touch screen with four speakers is offered on the base Pro variant, while the Elite and Premium get a massive 12.3-inch touch screen with a six-speaker sound system. Two-tone leather seats also adorn these two variants, along with automatic climate control. Exclusive to the top trim Premium are wireless charging, panoramic sunroof, and a power liftgate.
Under the hood of the Maxus G50 is a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 169 hp and 250 Nm of torque, which drives the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As for safety, the all-new Maxus G50 variants are generously equipped with electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, and a reverse camera. Meanwhile, the Elite and Premium variants get the benefit of a 360-degree camera system along with the addition of front parking sensors.
With the Maxus G50, Felipe Estrella says that their latest MPV should account for 25 percent of the company’s overall sales. Together with the T60 pick-up, these two vehicles should be the “trailblazer” of the Maxus brand in the Philippines.
The 2021 Maxus G50 is now on sale in all Maxus dealers in the Philippines with the following game-changing prices:
G50 Pro: P1,088,000
G50 Elite: P1,188,000
G50 Premium: P1,288,000