Maxus Philippines is penetrating the local automotive market with a vengeance. Aside from the T60 Pickup, G10 Van, as well as the V80 large vans, the G50 MPV newcomer is also penetrating the hotly contested MPV market wit the new G50 8-seater.
Does it have what it takes to against the Toyota Innova?
Unlike its competitors that look like bulky mini SUVs, the Maxus G50 is more akin to a luxury van; low stance, longer wheelbase and car-like characteristics, it’s a definite departure from the ubiquitous MPV niche. While it may not have enough flood wading depth, it promises a more civilized ride.
A different design
The side profile boasts of a combination of curved lines, providing a aesthetic break for the high beltline. Roof racks also add visual impact.
The slim front grille is complimented by a much larger grille opening that also acts as the bumper. Boomerang-shaped trims surround the driving lights. A sharp angled valance panel protrudes from the grille, acting also as an air dam. 17in tires (premium variant) looks at home in the fenderwells.
The rear is a no-nonsense design, a departure from the expressive front. U-shaped taillights are place above the mid section, and the rear gate has fewer accents, which is also appreciated.
The flowing dashboard will get you attention as soon as you enter. The descending curvature of the dash top is tastefully done, with a big infotainment unit placed dominantly in the middle. The center console also blends in uninterrupted, eliminating sharp corners. Looking very good!
The gauge cluster has a unique layout, with the speedometer on the left and the tachometer on the right, with all pertinent information available in the middle. Clicking the button on the steering wheel gives the driver access to the navigation, entertainment and connectivity without lifting a finger of the wheel. You also get fuel economy, trip range and other alerts.
The seats are comfortable, with more back and leg support. The upholstery is striking, red accents on black leatherette. Fancy stitching adds more pizzazz. The second row also offers ample leg space, perfect for those long trips. As expected, the third row seats have limited leg space, and the back rest are angled, but thankfully, its high enough to give proper back support, negating the use of long headrests.
The Maxus G50 line is motivated by the 1.5-liter liquid-cooled turbocharged inline-4 gas engine with a respectable output of 167 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Its mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). You would thing that a smallish engine like this would struggle to power the G50, On the contrary, it’s more than capable. The combination was well thought of good fuel economy in city driving, and high performance on highway driving — courtesy of the turbocharger. Overtaking is no problem at all. Cruising speed is 100kph.
The Maxus G50 is available in Pro, Elite and Premium variants, and all have the same engine and dimensions, with trims, upholstery, wheels and exterior color the only difference.
- 12-inch infotainment system
- 360-degree camera.
- Panoramic sunroof
- Mobile wireless charging
- LED headlamps
- Automatic AC system
- Leather seats
- Power tailgate
- Driver and front passenger airbags
- 3-point seatbelts
- Electronic stability control
- ABS with electronic brake assist
- Hill hold control
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Engine immobilizer
- Side airbags (Premium variant only
- Pro (base) PHP1,088,
- Elite: PHP1,168,000
- Premium: PHP1,288,000