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by Doug MacDougall

The new MG GS SUV will make its Western debut at the London Motor Show in May, in what is being described as a “turning point” in the history of the fabled British manufacturer.

These new teaser sketches confirm that the car, which will hit British roads in June, looks much like its sibling currently being sold in China.

MG, unashamedly out for a piece of the lucrative SUV market, remains adamant the car will fit in with a brand ethos that (until recent years) has been exclusively sports-car.

“Every car company that has an intention to be successful has gone down this [SUV] route,” MG’s press release reads.

“The world is changing quickly in terms of what we expect from a product, so our goal is to bring the most up-to-date design trends to our own,” added MG’s Anthony Williams-Kenny, Global Design Director.

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Above: the GS in its Chinese-market form. More images and details here.

“With MG’s first SUV, we wanted to design a car that would fit in with the MG family and have a slightly different look, of confidence and dynamism, that sets it apart from the other models.”

Development mules have previously been spotted testing in the UK, suggesting the model will be tuned for British roads, but there’s still no word from MG on whether we’ll be seeing the GS on Australian roads.

MG has confirmed the GS will run an in-house-developed turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 162kW and 350Nm.

The UK’s Autocar reports MG may also launch a diesel variant of the GS, running the same turbocharged 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine already offered in other MG models, with more engine variants to follow.

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