Maxus Philippines has quietly launched a new variant of the Maxus G50 MPV in the form of the Comfort model. As the new entry-level variant in the model range, it comes with a more affordable price point along with a new engine. Like its other variants, it still carries with it the same shape and design as the rest of the lineup. However, as the new entry-level variant, a few features have been removed.
Starting with the engine, instead of the usual 1.5-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine that the other Maxus G50 variants carry, the Comfort model comes equipped with a 1.3-liter gasoline motor. However, like the rest of its siblings, it too comes with a turbocharger. While the 1.5-liter powerplants produce a healthy 167hp and 250 Nm of torque, the 1.3-liter mill comes with a lower but still powerful output. The lower displacement engine produces 150hp and 230 Nm of torque. Just like the other models in the lineup, it sends power exclusively to the front wheels.
Aside from the engine, the Maxus G50 Comfort no longer comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, a push-start system, rear airconditioning vents, a rear camera, and a rear wiper. Other changes to the MPV include a change to a urethane steering wheel, that no longer features multi-function steering wheel controls.
While the new variant of the Maxus G50 is officially on the market, according to Maxus Philippines only a few of these variants are in the country. These units will be priced at P948,000 and will be used to “test the market” to see if there will be interest in a more affordable version of the MPV. It is important to note, that Maxus Philippines wants to increase its sales figures this year, and adding more vehicles such as the Maxus D60 and the new variant of the G50 may prove to be useful in achieving that goal. There is still no official word if the automaker will bring in more units of the Maxus G50 Comfort into the country after the initial test batch has been sold.