The MG GS crossover made its first public appearance outside of China when it debuted overnight at the London motor show.
British versions of the GS will be exclusively powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In China, the 1.5-litre turbo engine develops 126kW of power and 250Nm of torque.
In Britain, the GS will be offered in three trim levels. The top-spec variant will be offered with the option of a dual-clutch transmission. This means the GS will be the first MG sold in the UK, after its relaunch under Chinese ownership, to feature an automated transmission.
The brand’s first ever SUV measures 4.5 metres long, 1855mm wide, 1699mm tall, and rides on a 2650mm wheelbase. Chinese versions of the 1.5-litre GS weigh around 1435kg in front-wheel-drive form, while all-wheel-drive variants tip the scales at about 1540kg.
Chinese versions of the GS crossover are also offered with a more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo. Churning out 164kW of power and 350Nm of torque, the larger engine can propel the SUV from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The GS goes on sale in the UK next month. Although pricing is yet to be announced, the company says that it will “reflect the family pricing strategy”.
At present, MG3 undercuts its Fiesta-class competitors by around 1000 pounds ($1900), while the MG6 is priced at around 3000 pounds ($5700) underneath cars in the Astra-class despite being around 300mm longer.
MG was due to be relaunched in Australia in April 2016, but that target has come and gone. When the relaunch does occur, though, we expect the GS to feature prominently in the company’s plans.
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