MG Extender Debuts In Thailand As Brand’s First Pickup Truck

British brand MG continues to leverage the resources of parent company SAIC by launching its first-ever pickup truck.

After rebadging the Baojun 530 SUV and launching it in India as the MG Hector, the brand has now done the same thing with SAIC’s Maxus T70 midsize pickup truck in Thailand.

Besides replacing the badges, the only changes MG made to the T70 was to apply its corporate grille and move the steering wheel to the right-hand side to comply with Thailand’s traffic regulations.

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The Extender is available in two body configurations: extended and crew cab. Both are powered by the same engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four rated at 162 PS (160 hp) and 375 Nm (277 lb-ft) of torque.

There are two transmission choices: a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Both send power to the rear wheels in base models or all four in mid- and upper-range versions. The latter also feature LED DRLs, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, and driver assistance systems such as lane departure warning, hill descent control and blind spot monitoring.

Launching the Extender in Thailand makes sense because pickup trucks account for half of the country’s annual new-vehicle sales. Furthermore, it is the largest automobile manufacturing and exporting country in ASEAN region and many of the Extender’s rivals are built in Thailand, including the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton/L200, Nissan NP300 Navara, and Toyota Hilux.

MG Extender prices start from 549,000 baht (approximately $17,850) for the extended cab and from 759,000 baht ($24,680) for the crew cab.

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  • Able

    MG didn’t even have to convert it to RHD – LDV makes it in RHD and sells it in Australia in NZ. Is this made in Thailand?

  • Robert Eller

    If SAIC wants to come stateside, this is how to do it, with a recognizable brand like MG.

  • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

    A lot of Tacoma’s lines

  • Classic Bob

    A pick-up is last vehicle anyone ever expected or wanted to see from MG. I’d say this is the last nail in MG’s heritage coffin…

    • db

      How sad to see an MG badge on a soul-less, modern, mid-sized, joe average pick up truck. It almost brings a tear to one’s eye.

      How exhilarating the old MGs were to drive. One of the few cars, when driven you didn’t want to arrive to your destination.

      • Classic Bob

        And the flip side of that same exhilarating drive, you were never sure if you would arrive at your destination..

        Still, i love iconic British motorcars 🙂

        • db

          Well you kind of hope their quality has improved over the last fifty years or so. What could be worse than a truck that is boring to drive and unreliable too?

  • Six_Tymes

    Not bad actually. It looks like a cross between a Tacoma and a Frontier, but the design works well. That interior is SPOT ON, love it.

  • Baeyoung ❂

    So…basically it’s a water down version of the LDV T60

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