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Meet the Extender: A pick-up truck by MG

Yes, Mercedes-Benz officially changed their mind about the X-Class and decided to cancel production after just a couple of years but they're the exception because everyone else in the automotive industry appears to be busy building pick-up trucks. And MG decided to have a go at it, too. It's called the MG Extender, it has just been unveiled in Thailand and good news, or bad news depending on your point of view, it isn't going to be sold in the UK. For now.

MG was acquired by state-owned Chinese manufacturer Saic Motors in the late 2000s which is why, unsurprisingly, this is not an all-new car. It started out in life as a Maxus T70, Maxus is one of many brands owned by Saic, and under the bonnet you'll find a 2 L turbodiesel engine making 161 bhp, which powers the rear wheels only because 4WD is an optional extra. This means that, yes, this is the first rear-wheel drive MG in ten years and it even comes with a manual gearbox.

Saic has spent the last decade or so pouring cash in an effort to revive the brand. It did so by building several new-ish cars, most of which were crossovers or hatchbacks. The Extender is available both with regular cab and crew cab and prices start at around £15,000, which is not bad for a car of this sort.

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