Blog: All of a sudden, CityRover doesn’t look so bad…


We don’t go a bunch on SUVs on this website – yes, they serve a purpose, and people seem to like them; but that doesn’t mean we have to get excited by them. However, there’s one that has really evoked interest in the past few days, with my mailbox clogging up with emails from people asking me what the story is with the Sonalika Rhino (nee Rhino-Rover). Anyway, enjoy the pictures above, because this is the last time you’ll see them on…

I have to say, usually my Spam filter would have kicked it when a Jpeg image containing something so obviously filthy hit my inbox, but it must have been going through a moment of weakness to allow this thing through.

Anyway, the story behind the Sonalika, and the reason so many people have emailed me, is that MG Rover is said to have been involved with this car. Certainly, the press release that accompanies these images state quite clearly that the Rhino was due to run with the G-Series common rail diesel engine, but that plan ran aground with MG Rover’s collapse, and an Isuzu engine was installed instead.

In its latter days, the L-Series engine blocks were manufactured in India, and it is not inconceivable that this was part of the deal with Sonalika to assist with production of the G-Series engine. As usual, if you know more about the MGR/Sonalika connection, please get in touch…

There has been much talk that MG Rover technically assisted with the development of this car, and as yet, we’ve not had this confirmed or denied, but one thing is for sure, the styling was not part of that arrangement. Many emails also asked the question – was MG Rover going to market this car over here? Well, the site stated its reservations about any re-branding deal involving MG and the Ssangyong Rexton, so it’s obvious where we stand with this contraption.

All of a sudden, the CityRover (a car we have a lot of time for here) looks extremely desirable and sexy…

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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