The MG Extender ute has been unveiled in Thailand, giving the brand it's first rear-wheel drive vehicle since the demise of the TF roadster at the beginning of the decade.
UPDATE, 13/08/19: The MG Extender ute doesn't look likely to come to Australia, with MG telling CarAdvice it's "not on our agenda now or in the foreseeable future".
If the Extender looks just a little familiar, that's because it's a badge-engineered version of the Maxus T70 ute, which in turn is a very close relation to the LDV T60 sold in Australia. Both the T70 and Extender feature SAIC's newest turbo-diesel engine range.
Changes from the T70 seem restricted to the grille insert and the badging. The Extender is available in both Grand Cab and Double Cab body styles.
The MG Extender will be sold in Thailand with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine making 120kW of power and 375Nm of torque. The 160kW/480Nm twin-turbo version of the engine doesn't seem to be available, at least at launch.
Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Entry-level models are rear-wheel drive, while higher-end variants are fitted with four-wheel drive.
Available features include lane departure warning, LED headlights, leather seats, soft-touch interior surfaces, reversing camera, and an infotainment system with a 10.0-inch touchscreen.
This isn't the first MG-branded commercial vehicle. In March this year, MG Thailand released the MG V80 van, which is an LDV V80 with a lightly reworked grille to accomodate the hexagonal MG badge.
The MG Extender starts at 549,000 baht ($26,000) for a Grand Cab, and from 759,000 baht ($35,900) for the Double Cab.