MG RX8 – the first seven-seat MG and MG Motors brand-new mid-size SUV is now on view and on sale at Salwa Road showroom of Auto Class Cars.
The arrival of the new seven-seat MG RX8 is another major step forward in the resurgence of the British-born automotive brand, which is rapidly changing expectations among new car buyers in Qatar, thanks to its well-built and well-equipped range of MG SUVs and sedans which are offered at extremely competitive prices.
The bold stance and smooth body lines of the new RX8 certainly make it stand out from the crowd. At the front, the dual-slot bonnet, the silver lower lip, the chrome grille and the matrix-style LED fog lamps are sure to impress. The commanding presence and smooth body lines are set off neatly by features such as the twin chrome exhausts, LED tail lights, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and impressive large 20” alloy wheels.
Within the cabin, the MG RX8 reinforces the brand’s reputation for delivering premium finishes at non-premium prices. The use of the finest materials, including wood grain, chrome and soft-touch trim, gives the RX8 a high-class feel. Customers can choose from three attractive interior colour schemes. MG has even linked up with German company Bader, one of the world’s top manufacturers of premium leather for the automotive industry. Additionally, the top of range (LUX) trim is equipped with ventilated seats to ensure passengers experience nothing but the very best in terms of travel comfort.
MG has paid great attention to sound insulation and the resulting measurement of 55dB is significantly better than the RX8’s key rivals.
For luxurious space and flexible practicality, the MG RX8 is head and shoulders above the competition, guaranteeing a relaxed and enjoyable journey for all on-board. Thanks to its impressive all-round dimensions, the RX8’s wheelbase of 2850mm is the largest in its segment, delivering a spacious and modular interior.
MG’s new model features ingenious seating design that means that even the third row of passengers benefit from an exceptional view and this row boasts the largest third-row space in the class.
The flexible nature of the rear seats allows occupants to choose from a combination of seating layouts and is ideal for families. The RX8 has plenty of room to store all the various items that every family has – there are 37 different storage compartments and the boot has room for up to nine suitcases!
The RX8 offers a real-time 4×4 Torque on Demand (TOD) System, which changes the torque in 0.1 sec. This advanced 4WD system has six different driving modes: Auto for smart selection; 4L for ‘go-anywhere’ low speed, high torque; Off-road for a pure off-roading experience; Snow for low-adhesion, wet surfaces; Sport for a faster throttle response and more aggressive shifting logic; and 2H for fuel efficient high speed cruising in 2WD mode. The entry level (STD) trim comes with a 4×2 rear wheel drive transmission system.
Built on a strong truck chassis frame, the robust MG RX8 has been designed to handle the toughest off-road terrain and has high ground clearance of more than 20 centimetres.
The RX8 is powered by an efficient 220 hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that features Net Blue Technology and develops maximum torque of 360Nm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox which also has manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters.
Like other MG models, RX8 offers some of the finest technology around, with wireless phone charging and smartphone connectivity with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a 10-inch colour touchscreen. All three extremely well-equipped trim levels feature Dual Zone Climate Control with additional climate control in the rear, cruise control and a rear parking camera. Also standard across the range are keyless entry and push button start, front and rear parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof.
Raising the standards of comfort and practicality further, range-topping (LUX) trim includes leather seats with a multi-adjustable front passenger seat and front seat ventilation, and a power tailgate for easy access. Eight high-quality speakers and a rain sensor round off the premium nature of the top of range (LUX) trim.
ENGINE 2.0 with Turbocharger
MAX POWER 221 hp (84 kW)
MAX TORQUE 360 Nm (266 lb-ft)
TRANSMISSION Intelligent Aisin six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddles and tiptronic manual mode for smooth changes.
EXTERIOR The RX8 is bold and beautiful with a strong frame and beautiful features. It looks like it can go anywhere, an impression heightened by the huge ground clearance and large alloy wheels. It’s also the first MG to provide seven seats and it does so in style and luxury. The extra space gives you the capacity to seat more passengers, and can also be used for more cargo space.
INTERIOR As you might expect from a seven-seat SUV, the interior is crafted for the utmost in space and comfort. The premium quality of the cabin ensures that you and your passengers can all sit back and relax on the road, luxuriating in the premium leather upholstery crafted and finished to give you the feel of soft and delicate leather and making the most of the ample head and legroom. The intelligent 37 storage compartments help keep the interior free of clutter, while the flexible seating arrangements can be tailored to your precise requirements. Adding to comfort and health, MG RX8 provides the best of airflow for the passengers with its Dual Zone Climate Control air conditioner tested for the region along with a separate rear air conditioner with climate control for those in the rear seats.
SAFETY / SECURITY The MG RX8 is equipped with a wide range of standard safety features such as front, side and curtain airbags, front and rear sensors with rear view camera, active rollover protection and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Further Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as a lane departure warning system feature on the LUX trim. In common with the rest of the MG product line-up, the MG RX8 has been awarded a 5 Star C-NCAP safety rating.
Auto Class Cars on Salwa Road offer very competitive prices and will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new MG RX8 or any of its range of MG SUVs and cars. For more information call 4040 1444 or visit mg-qa.com.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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