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by Tim Beissmann

The MG GT sedan has made a surprise debut in Longbridge, England, giving us our first look at the production version of the compact four-door.

These images, posted on enthusiast blog MGUK.org, highlight the exterior design of the Chinese car maker’s newest model, which is reportedly scheduled to debut publically at September’s Chengdu auto show before going on sale in China in October.

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The MG GT sedan shares its underpinnings with the MG 5 hatchback. The 5 is a Ford Focus-sized rival that has been available in China since 2012. It was destined to be sold in the UK, but its launch was postponed indefinitely last year as the brand instead directed its efforts into launching its first SUV in the market.

It’s unclear at this stage if the GT will be sold in markets outside China.

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Reports have tied the MG GT to a number of different powertrains, including 81kW naturally aspirated and 96kW turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines with four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions, a General Motors-sourced 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbo with a six-speed dual-clutch auto, and a diesel engine, likely smaller than the 1.9-litre unit used by the larger MG 6.

The MG GT features sharp, angular styling, with swept headlights integrated into a thin grille, a heavily raked rear window, a short boot lid, and a red panel connecting the tail-lights across the rear.

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More details are expected to become available in the lead-up to the MG GT’s official debut in China in September.

MG returned to the Australian market in 2013 with the MG 6 sedan and hatch though has sold only a small number of the cars sitting in its sole sales yard on Sydney’s Parramatta Road.




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