Weststar Malaysia has officially launched the imported (CBU) Maxus G10 SE today, a few months after we initially previewed a pre-production unit of the large SE back in June 2015. Prices (OTR without insurance) start at RM135,825.50 for the Luxury 16″ variant and RM138,742.85 for the Sport 18″ variant.
As reported earlier, the SE – which made its Chinese market debut last year – will be launched as a passenger vehicle instead of a commercial one. On the mention of passengers, the Maxus G10 SE is capable of accommodating up to 10, which is just two shy of the 12-seater Hyundai Grand Starex.
From the outside, the Maxus G10 SE certainly looks like a sizeable vehicle. Breaking out the measuring tape, the SE measures 5,168 mm long, 1,980 mm wide and 1,928 mm tall, and has a 3,210 mm-long wheelbase.
Exterior features here include HID Xenon headlamps, LED tail lamps, front/rear fog lamps, chrome accents, 16-inch alloy wheels (with optional 18-inch ones as denoted by the variants) and two sliding rear doors for ingress and egress.
Inside the biege/black interior, you get plush leather seats, dual-zone auto climate control, rear air-conditioning, cruise control, a moon roof and a seven-inch display that is hooked up to a DVD player, six-speaker audio system, keyless entry with push-start and a reverse camera.
Motivation is provided by a 2.0 litre turbocharged GDI engine that outputs 225 hp at 5,500 rpm and 345 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The four-cylinder mill is paired to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission with manual mode.
As for safety kit, the people mover comes standard with two airbags and ABS (with EBD and brake assist). An electronic stability program (ESP), traction control and tyre pressure monitoring system are also here.
According to Weststar, 120 units of the G10 SE have been pre-ordered. The company’s managing director Tan Sri Syed Azman also said that plans to commence local assembly (CKD) of the G10 SE will start by September this year (with more kit), with exports to ASEAN countries set to take place by 2017.
The 10-seater SE is available in three colour options – Champagne Gold, Blanc White and Obsidian Black. Each purchase comes with a three-year warranty with one-year free service. So, if you need a more affordable alternative to the Hyundai Grand Starex, the Maxus G10 SE could just be the people mover you have been waiting for.