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Bold and Beautiful SUV

16 Mar 2021

She dashes around in sheer style… And all heads turn to take in her bold and beautiful deameanour!

The MG name has long been synonymous with developing eye-catching sporty vehicles, with its heritage stretching back decades and incorporating some of the most memorable models around. But that was then, and this is now. The acclaimed manufacturer has delivered a bold and capable seven-seat SUV – the MG RX8 – that provides incredible style with off-road capability, luxurious comfort, and some of the finest automotive technology available.

With the new seven-seat RX8, MG is entering a segment in which it has never previously been present. Robust and spacious, with both the largest wheelbase and the largest third-row space in the class, it immediately sets itself apart from the competition. The MG RX8 is equally at home off-road as it is cruising around town or on long-distance journeys, where occupants will fully appreciate the levels of advanced technology and premium comfort on offer.

“The new RX-8 is a breathtakingly affordable SUV,” commentedMohsin Hani al Bahrani, CEO of Mohsin Haider Darwish’s ACERE division, distributors of the MG brand in Oman. “Reliable and tough, it can go anywhere, do anything. Off road or on, it delivers upgraded performance, and offers the latest technology and safety with incredible style. Advanced in every area including style and features, it is an ideal family vehicle that is also dependable, tougher and provides better performance.”

The bold yet simple design of the new RX8 makes 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 foglamps are sure to impress. The commanding presence and smooth body lines are set off neatly by features such as the twin chrome exhaust, LED tail lights, LED Headlamps, LED DRL and 20” alloys depending on trim. 

Within the cabin, the MG RX8 reinforces the brand’s reputation for delivering premium finishes at non-premium pricesThe use of an array of the finest materials, including wood grain, chrome and soft-touch trim, gives the RX8 a high-class feel. 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.

To ensure the travel experience is as quiet as it is comfortable, MG has invested significant resources on sound insulation – 20 cavity partitions and more than 30 multi-layer damping plate structures contribute to measurement of 55dB that is significantly better than the RX8’s key rivals.

For space and 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 exterior dimensions – 4923mm long, 1930mm wide and 1842mm high – the RX8’s wheelbase of 2850mm is the largest in its segment, delivering a spacious and modular interior.

MG’s new model features an ingenious ‘theatre-style’ seating design that incorporates a shallow front-to-rear gradient that means that even the third row of passengers benefit from an exceptional view. The adjustable reach in the second row is 230mm, helping to ensure that passengers in the third row enjoy enhanced access to their seats, as well as an unrivalled 884mm of legroom – the largest third-row space in the class. 

The flexible nature of the Modular rear seats allows occupants to choose from a wide and varied combination of seating layouts to meet their various travel requirements. Ideal for families. The RX8 has plenty of room to store all the various items that come with everyday life. There are 37 different storage compartments while the boot capacity extends to a cavernous 2178 litres, room for up to nine suitcases.

A truly capable 4×4, 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. Facilitating off-road travel, it has high ground clearance of 202mm, a wading depth of 800mm, and when empty approach and departure angles of 23o.

The RX8 is powered by an efficient 220HP 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 with paddle shift gear change.

The current line-up of MG models is renowned for offering some of the finest technology around, and the RX8 is no different, with wireless phone charging and smartphone connectivity with Apple Car play and Android Auto enabled to a 10-inch colour touchscreen all standard. 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.

Both mid and top trims build on the impressive standard feature list offered by the entry level (STD) trim, with a 7” Virtual Instrument, Hill Descent Control and a real-time TOD 4×4 system. 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.

Available at prices starting from just RO9,399, the MG RX8 is equipped with a wide range of standard safety features and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It has been awarded a 5 Star C-NCAP safety rating.

Apart from having showrooms in Ibri, Sur, Sohar, Salalah and Muscat, MG Motor Oman also has an e-commerce platform to help enhance its customers’ purchase experience from the comfort and safety of their homes. The platform https://mg-om.com/buy-online/ allows customers to select vehicles, reserve vehicles, conduct online payments, and schedule delivery of cars.



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